Philadelphia – Following a nationwide search for the leadership post for the school’s Department of Periodontics, Penn Dental Medicine has appointed Rodrigo Neiva, DDS, MS, as professor of periodontics and chairman of the Department of Periodontics. His appointment is effective Sept. 1, pending the approval of the appropriate School of Dental Medicine committees, the University’s Provost Staff Conference and the trustees.
Neiva comes to Penn Dental Medicine from the University of Florida College Of Dentistry, where he served as the graduate program director in the Department of Periodontology. After joining the University of Florida in 2010 as clinical associate professor, he was promoted to clinical professor in the Department of Periodontology in 2017. Prior to his time at University of Florida, Neiva was on the faculty of University of Michigan School of Dentistry from 2000 to 2010, advancing within the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine to the position of clinical associate professor.
Throughout his time at both the University of Florida and University of Michigan, Neiva actively mentored and advised a host of master’s degree student candidates. He has been recognized for his distinguished teaching with numerous awards, including the American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award in 2016 and 2006. He is a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentists. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and of the International Congress of Oral Implantology.
Neiva is presently the board director and a board examiner for the American Board of Periodontology and is a member of its Oral Exam Committee as well. He also serves on the In-Service Examination Committee of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology, the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and the International Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Implants. Widely published in the field of periodontics and oral implantology, Neiva is active in clinical research related to bone and soft tissue augmentation, as well as novel techniques in implant and periodontal therapy. He is a frequent national and international lecturer on a variety of topics.