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Pitt SDM Announces Dr. Thomas Braun’s Retirement as Dean

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Thomas W. Braun, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., has submitted his resignation as Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM), effective Jan. 31, 2018. Bernard J. Costello, D.M.D., M.D., FACS, will step in as Interim Dean during the search for a decanal successor.

Dr. Braun received all of his degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Since joining the full-time faculty in 1990 as Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Braun has established a training program that awards dual M.D./D.M.D. degrees. He created new Centers on Dental and Craniofacial Genetics, Craniofacial Regeneration, and Oral Health Research in Appalachia, establishing a critical research focus for the school. One of the Pitt SDM’s most visible programs is the Center for Patients with Special Needs, the first of its kind nationally. In the establishment of this program, his goal was to ensure that every graduate of his school would be comfortable with and capable of caring for patients with physical and mental disabilities.

His career has been marked not only by his roles as Dean and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, but by his service as President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and President of both the Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Great Lakes Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Further, he served as Chair of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation for two years. In 2014, Dr. Braun was named a Distinguished Service Professor.

In addition, Dr. Braun was elected to the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He received the Arnold K. Maislen Award for Major Contributions to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from New York University, and the Pennsylvania Dental Association Recognition Award honoring his commitment to the care of patients with disabilities. In 2013, he received a University of Pittsburgh 225th Anniversary medallion.

Dr. Braun has led a distinguished life both personally and professionally. He is an inspiring role model for his students, faculty and colleagues, and his contributions will have a long enduring impact on the entire University of Pittsburgh community as well as the profession of oral and maxillofacial surgery. 

Published on October 11, 2017

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