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Penn Dental Medicine’s Dean Inducted Into The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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Mark Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., Morton Amsterdam Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine), has been inducted as a Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, alongside 23 other prominent leaders in medicine, academia and public health advocacy. Dr. Wolff was the only dentist among the new inductees, who were inaugurated at a ceremony held Nov. 15 at the College. Highly respected in the field of cariology and a lifelong advocate and dental provider for individuals with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities, Dr. Wolff has led Penn Dental Medicine as its 12th dean since July 2018. Dr. Wolff holds both a D.D.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1997) from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.

Every spring and fall, new members are welcomed to the College’s prestigious Fellowship program to join an ever-growing group of esteemed civic leaders, physicians, public health advocates and academics. The College, home of the Mütter Museum, was founded as a non-profit educational and cultural institution in 1787 with the mission of “advancing the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine.”

During the ceremony, the inductees had the opportunity to sign their names into the College’s historical register, alongside distinguished former Fellows, including U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Rush; former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D.; and Founder of the Mütter Museum, Thomas Dent Mütter, M.D., a pioneering American surgeon of the 19th century.

“It is a great honor to be part of such a historic institution within Philadelphia and the medical community,” says Dr. Wolff, who was sponsored by current College members and Penn Dental Medicine alumni Peter Quinn, D.M.D., M.D., and Arnold Weisgold, D.D.S., FACD. Another Penn Dental Medicine graduate and College member, Joseph Greenberg, D.M.D., accompanied Dr. Wolff to the induction ceremony.

College Fellows take on vital roles in supporting and advising on a number of projects relating to the medical humanities, including the Mütter Museum, one of the country’s leading medical history museums; the internationally recognized and award-winning project HistoryofVaccines.org ; and a number of youth programs in Philadelphia designed to support high school students who wish to pursue careers in STEM.

Courtesy of Beth Adams, Office of Communications, Penn Dental Medicine

Published on Jan. 8, 2020

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