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June 20, 2017

Dirk L. Brunner Appointed to Penn Dental Medicine Board of Overseers

Dirk L. Brunner

Dirk L. Brunner

Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine welcomes Dirk L. Brunner as the newest member of its Board of Overseers. His appointment for a three-year renewable term was officially approved by the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees at its February 2017 meeting.

Brunner is Senior Vice President, Microsurgery, leading the Carl Zeiss Meditec Division that focuses on providing visualization and treatment solutions that enable minimally invasive surgery, primarily in dental, neuro, spine, ENT, and radiation oncology applications. Prior to assuming this role in 2013, he was co-head of Carl Zeiss Meditec’s U.S. Sales & Service Organization and has been part of ZEISS for nearly 20 years. He is based in at the company’s headquarters in Oberkochen, Germany.

Brunner holds BS and MS degrees in biomedical engineering from Brown University and an MBA from Ashridge Business School, London.

ZEISS, founded in 1846, is an international leader in the optics and optoelectronics industries. The ZEISS Group is represented in over 40 countries around the globe and encompasses six business groups and various strategic business units in four segments.

“Dirk brings a unique perspective on industry and technology, and he is a tremendous addition to the existing talent on the Board,” says Dr. Denis Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean of Penn Dental Medicine. “He has played an instrumental role in helping to outfit our endodontics and restorative departments with state-of-the-art surgical microscopes, and we welcome his knowledge and expertise to the Board.”

The Penn Dental Medicine Board of Overseers provides volunteer leadership to the School and acts as an advisory resource for the Dean and other administrative leaders, stewarding the missions of both Penn Dental Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania. With Brunner’s appointment, the Board now has 19 members.



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