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Faculty

Division Chair: Angelo Mariotti
Postdoctoral Program Director: Dimitris Tatakis
Predoctoral Program Director: Hua-Hong Chien

 

Fulltime:
John Walters
Binnaz Leblebicioglu
Purnima Kumar


Part-time:
Fred Alger
Lewis Claman
Timothy Coffelt
Terry Daniel
Ronald Garvey
Rupa Hamal
David Messick
James Palermo
Griselle Ortiz-Ramsey
Shaun Rotenberg

Emeriti Faculty

Charles Solt
George App




Adjunct Faculty

Andrew Baker
Gary Coatoam
Arthur Hefti
Pao-ying Lin
Philip Monroe
Andreas Parashis
Andrea Pilloni
Michael Rethman
Ralph Wilson

 


 
Dr. Angelo Mariotti
Professor and Chair
DDS, West Virginia University
PhD, West Virginia University
Certificate (Periodontics), Virginia Commonwealth University
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Email: mariotti.3@osu.edu

Dr. Angelo Mariotti graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in biology and education and matriculated to West Virginia University where he received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology and a D.D.S.  Following specialty training in periodontology from Virginia Commonwealth University, he became a faculty member in the Department of Periodontology and Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of Florida.  While at the University of Florida, he was appointed to and served as the Director of the Postgraduate Program in Periodontology and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.  In 1996, he accepted a faculty position in the College of Dentistry at The Ohio State University where he is professor and Chair of the Division of Periodontology.  He currently serves as the President of the Columbus Dental Society, as a member of the Council of Access to Care and Public Service of the Ohio Dental Association, as a consultant for the Council of Scientific Affairs for the America Dental Association, on the Advisory Board for the Journal of Periodontology and Clinical Advances in Periodontics, as an examiner for the American Board of Periodontology, and as an editor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Dentistry. As an endocrine pharmacologist, his scientific interests revolve around the actions and interactions of sex steroid hormones on cellular proliferation and growth in sex accessory tissues and the oral cavity and he also has a major interest in issues related to dental health care economics.  In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Mariotti maintains an active private practice in periodontology in The Ohio State Dental Faculty Practice Association, is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and is listed as one of the Best Dentists in America (Woodward/White, Inc., publisher). 

 

 
 
Dr. Dimitris Tatakis
Professor and Postdoctoral Program Director

DDS, National and Capodistrian University of Athens
PhD, State University of New York
Certificate (Periodontics), State University of New York
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Email: tatakis.1@osu.edu
 

Dr. Tatakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He began his career as a dental student at the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, School of Dentistry, from which he received his dental degree in 1982 . He then attended and graduated in 1990 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, with a Certificate in Periodontics and a PhD in Oral Biology (Cell Biology). Dr. Tatakis then served as faculty at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. From 1994 to 2001, he was a full time faculty in the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics and Implant Surgery at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. In 2001, he was appointed as a full time faculty member in the Division of Periodontology at The Ohio State University, where he is Professor and Director of the Postdoctoral Program. Dr. Tatakis is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, serves as an Editor for the International Journal of Dentistry and Section Editor for Up-to-Date, serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and is a member of the Research Submissions Committee of the American Academy of Periodontology. In 2004, Dr. Tatakis and his co-authors received the inaugural E. Bud Tarrson Research Award in Oral Plastic Surgery from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. His research interests include: pathogenesis of gingivitis and periodontitis (alveolar bone loss); and periodontal plastic and regenerative surgical therapy.

 
Dr. Hua-Hong Chien
Clinical Associate Professor and Predoctoral Program Director
DDS, China Medical University
PhD, State University of New York
Certificate (Periodontics), State University of New York
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

chien.60@osu.edu

Dr. Chien was born and raised in Taiwan. He obtained his dental degree from China Medical University, Taiwan in 1986. He then attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine from 1990 to 1997, where he received his PhD in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontics. Dr. Chien moved back to his native country, Taiwan, in November 1997 and served as a full time faculty at the China Medical University. In 2001, he was appointed as the Dean in the School of Dentistry at China Medical University. He accepted a faculty position in the College of Dentistry at The Ohio State University, where he works as a clinical associate professor for the Division of Periodontology. Dr. Chien’s scientific interests include periodontal regeneration, implant dentistry and the effects of the herbal mouthrinse on gingival angiogenesis.

   
Full Time  
 

 
Dr. John Walters
Professor and Associate Dean (Advanced Education Graduate Studies)

DDS, University of North Carolina
MMedSci (Oral Biology), Harvard University
Certificate (Periodontics), Harvard University

Email: walters.2@osu.edu

Dr. Walters was born in Salisbury, NC and currently resides in Marion, OH.  His received his undergraduate and dental training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (in 1977 and 1981, respectively).  Dr. Walters completed his specialty training at Harvard University, where he received a Master of Medical Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology in 1984.  Immediately afterward, he moved to Ohio and was appointed as a full time faculty member in the Division of Periodontology.  Dr. Walters’ scientific interests include inflammation, PMN chemotactic receptor polymorphisms and their association with aggressive periodontitis, mechanisms for enhancing chemotherapy against invasive bacterial pathogens, and factors that influence the distribution of antimicrobial agents in periodontal tissues.  He is currently Associate Dean for Advanced Education Graduate Studies in the College of Dentistry.

 
Dr. Binnaz Leblebicioglu
Associate Professor

DDS, Istanbul University
PhD, The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

E-mail: leblebicioglu.1@osu.edu 

Dr. Binnaz Leblebicioglu was born in Antwerp, Belgium.  She obtained her dental degree from Istanbul University, Turkey in 1989.  Following her graduation, she received a scholarship for graduate education abroad from the Turkish Educational Ministry and started her periodontology training at OSU.  She completed the program and received both her Certificate and M.S. degree in 1993.  She started her PhD education in the Division of Oral Biology, OSU within the same year.  During her graduate school years, she worked as an adjunct teacher and research assistant in both the Periodontology and Oral Biology Divisions.  She completed her PhD in 1998. Following her graduation, she became an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and taught Periodontology during the 1998-1999 academic year.  She moved back to her native country, Turkey, in June 1999 and worked as an assistant professor for the Department of Oral Implantology at Istanbul University.  She accepted a position and returned to OSU in 2003, and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2006.  Dr. Leblebicioglu’s research interest can be summarized as “signal transduction involved in periodontal/peri-implant pathogenesis and wound healing”.

 

Dr. Purnima Kumar
Associate Professor
BDS, Annamalai University
PhD, The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

E-mail: kumar.83@osu.edu

Dr. Kumar received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.) degree from Annamalai University, India in 1987 and completed a residency in Periodontology from University of Madras, Chennai, India in 1991. Following her training, she practiced in India and the United Arab Emirates before pursuing further training in the United States. She subsequently obtained a Certificate in Periodontology and a Ph.D. in Oral Biology from The Ohio State University in 2005, and joined the division as an Assistant Professor in 2006. Dr. Kumar was the recipient of the prestigious Orban Award that is conferred by the American Association of Periodontology and has been awarded the Hayes Award at The Ohio State University for her research on identification of potential periodontal pathogens and candidate beneficial species using 16S clonal analysis. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

   
   
Part-Time  
 
Dr. Fred Alger
Clinical Assistant Professor

DDS, The Ohio State University
MS (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
 
Dr. Lewis Claman
Associate Professor Emeritus
DDS, New York University
MS (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Certificate (GPR), Eastman Dental Center
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
Dr. Timothy Coffelt
Clinical Assistant Professor

DDS, The Ohio State University
MS (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Certificate (GPR), Medical College of Toledo
Dr. Terry Daniel
Clinical Assistant Professor
DMD, Nova Southeastern University
MS, University of Kentucky
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Certificate (GPR), Miami Valley Hospital
 
Dr. Ronald Garvey
Clinical Assistant Professor
DDS, The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
 
Dr. Rupa Hamal
Clinical Assistant Professor
DMD, University of Pennsylvania
MS, University of Alabama at Birmingham
MPH, The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
Dr. David Messick
Clinical Assistant Professor

DDS, The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
 
Dr. Griselle Ortiz-Ramsey
Clinical Assistant Professor
DMD, University of Pennsylvania
MS, University of Alabama at Birmingham
MPH, The Ohio State University
PhD, The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
   
  Dr. James Palermo
Clinical Assistant Professor

DDS, The Ohio State University
MS (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University

 
Dr. Shaun Rotenberg
Clinical Assistant Professor

DMD, Medical College of Georgia
MS (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Certificate (Periodontics), The Ohio State University
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
 
   
   
   
Emeriti Faculty
Dr. Charles Solt, Professor Emeritus,
DDS, Certificate (Periodontics), MS

Dr. George App, Professor Emeritus,
DDS, Certificate (Periodontics), MS

Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Andrew Baker, DDS, MS
Captain, United States Air Force

Gary Coatoam, DDS, MS
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Dr. Arthur Hefti, DDS, PhD

Dr. Pao-ying Lin, DDS, MS
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Dr. Philip Monroe, PhD

Dr. Andreas Parashis, DDS, Dr Odont
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Dr. Andrea Pilloni, MD, DDS, MS

Dr. Michael Rethman, DDS, MS
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

Dr. Ralph Wilson, DDS, MS
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology