From the Dean

A Welcome Message from Dean Huw F. Thomas

Dean Huw F. ThomasGreetings and welcome to the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine! As you navigate our website I hope you will develop a sense of who we are and an appreciation of the passion we have for excellence in dental education.Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, founded in 1868, is an accredited private dental school. We provide education to diverse predoctoral and postdoctoral students to prepare them to practice dentistry in the 21st century with knowledge and understanding of many different patient populations, dental specialties and varied practice settings. This education occurs in an ethical and professional environment in which quality dental care is provided to our patients.

The School presents a dynamic curriculum, which provides excellent clinical training, integrates the health sciences with clinical experience and utilizes modern technology. Our success is based on maintaining a strong faculty and staff, supported in their commitment to teaching and administration, professional development, scholarship, research, student service and community service.

Since its beginning Tufts University School of Dental Medicine has played an integral part in the development of oral health care services and dental education. This school has an outstanding reputation for its clinical teaching programs, exemplified by its graduates, and for its research and service programs that have impacted oral and general health locally, nationally and internationally. I am very proud to be a member of the Tufts family.

We are situated in the center of the Boston metropolitan area and have the benefit of a large pool of patients who seek care at our clinics. Additional training in patient care is gained during assignments at affiliated hospitals and at externship sites in various locations throughout the country.

We are committed to excellence in all that we strive to accomplish. If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me at

Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D

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The Dean’s Medal

Established in 1996, the Dean’s Medal is the highest honor awarded by each school at Tufts University and presented to individuals who have demonstrated loyalty, service and generosity. Nominated by the Dean and approved by the Provost, this award is reserved for those select individuals who have made significant contributions to their school and the greater community.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is grateful to the following individuals for their deep and enduring contributions.





  • S. Walter Askinas, D.D.S.
  • Louis P. Bertonazzi, A55, A81P, A85P


  • Robert D. Buchanan, D46
  • Dominick P. DePaola, D.D.S., Ph.D. *


  • James “Jim” L. Boyd, A13
  • William W. Sellers, A56, D60, J84P


  • Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H


  • H. Chris Doku, D58, DG60, J84P


  • Robert E. Hunter, D63
  • Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D81


  • Lloyd L. Miller, A54, D58 *


  • Mark J. Feldman, D73
  • Thomas F. Winkler III, A62, D66, D10P, DG12P *


  • Louis A. Fiore, D62
  • Mark P. Gonthier
  • D. Suzi Osher


  • Adele Fleet Bacow
  • Lawrence S. Bacow, Ph.D., H12
  • John P. Ficarelli, D73, DG76, D10P, DG12P
  • James “Jess” F. Kane, D74, DG76, AG78, DG79, D04P, DG06P
  • Maria Gove Tringale


  • Jean H. Fiore


  • Hilde H. Tillman, D49
  • Esther M. Wilkins, D49, DG66*




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Distinguished Professors

The honorary title of “Distinguished Professor” was created in 1985 and is reserved for a very small number of senior professors who have made exceptional contributions to their disciplines, to their students, and to the University as teachers/scholars exemplifying the finest of Tufts’ traditions. Distinguished Professors are recommended by School Deans and approved by the Provost and President and reported to the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee.

Distinguished Professors are recognized as pre-eminent authorities in their fields and their accomplishments are exemplified by outstanding teaching, mentoring, discovery and service. Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is grateful to the following individuals for their deep and enduring contributions.



Chris Doku, D.M.D., M.S.D., D58, DG60
Associate Dean and Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Emeritus


Erling Johansen, D.M.D., Ph.D., D49 *
Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of General Dentistry


Athena S. Papas, D.M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.D., J67
Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Sciences
Dr. Erling Johansen, D49, Professor in Dental Research
Head of the Oral Medicine Division