Dean Kenneth Chance of the School of Dental Medicine has named Andres Pinto, chair and professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, assistant dean of graduate studies. Pinto brings outstanding clinical, research and teaching experience to this critically important role.
Pinto joined the School of Dental Medicine in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania as the founding chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostics Sciences. A year later, he added to his responsibilities the role of founding director of the Oral Medicine Fellowship and the MSD in Oral Medicine.
A tenured professor, he is renowned for his research and clinical work in the areas of orofacial pain, pediatric oral medicine, mucosal diseases and sleep breathing disorders, among others. He consults on oral medicine and orofacial pain at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and is an attending physician in the surgery departments at both University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.
Pinto brings a lifelong love of learning to this position, inspiring the next generation of dental students pursuing graduate studies. He received a DMD and certificates in clinical research and oral medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in dental public health from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He is Board certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine and the European Association of Oral Medicine.
In addition to his clinical degrees, Pinto holds three master’s degrees—a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Weatherhead School of Management. He is a devoted educator, serving as a course director and teaching clinical, foundational and postgraduate classes, mentoring oral medicine graduate students and giving lectures in dentistry residency programs and at international meetings worldwide.
He will continue his duties as department chair in addition to his new position.