Dr. Athena Papas
The Erling Johansen Professor of Dental Research;
Co-Head Division of Geriatric Dentistry;
Director, Rubenstein Oral Medicine Clinic;
Professor with tenure, Department of General Dentistry
Phone: (617) 636-3932
Fax: (617) 636-4083
- B.S. (Biology), 1966, Tufts University
- Ph.D. (Oral Biology), 1971, M.I.T.
- D.M.D., 1974, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine
- Harvard NIDCR Fellowship – Children’s Hospital
Dr. Papas is the Erling Johansen Professor of Research, the Co-Head of Geriatric Dentistry, and the Director of the Oral Medicine Department at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. With expertise in the oral healthcare of the elderly, medically compromised and cancer and bone marrow transplant patients, she is a member of more than 15 professional organizations including The American Academy of Oral Medicine, The American Society of Geriatric Dentistry, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The International Association of Dental Research. Dr. Papas is a reviewer for Special Care in Dentistry, The New England Journal Of Medicine, Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, along with 5 other journals. She is the dental chairperson for the Massachusetts Public Health Association, a member of the professional advisory board for the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc., the Dental Director of the N.E. AIDS Education & Training Center in addition to participating in 14 other organizations.
Dr. Papas has published numerous papers based on her extensive clinical research experience in the fields of Geriatric Dentistry, Sjogren’s Syndrome, medically compromised patients, and xerostomia. She offers lectures to students, faculty, and the general population at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Papas is part of the Tufts Dental Associate Group, located at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
Mabi Singh, D.M.D., MS, Co-Investigator and Trained Dental Examiner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Research and Oral Medicine at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Singh has worked with Dr. Athena Papas since 1999 to identify the best evidence-based care to improve oral health outcomes of care and incorporates such research into the diagnostic, management and treatment protocols at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He works with high risk patients to manage complications of systemic diseases and therapies in the Oral Medicine Clinic (OMC) in the mouth. His Master’s thesis studied the therapeutic effects of using remineralizing solutions in addition to fluoride in a high risk population to prevent and minimize dental decay. He has also examined the effectiveness of a sialagogue (saliva stimulants) in population to maintain salivary flow in dry mouth patients to prevent development of new caries and remineralize the existing incipient ones. He has been a dental carious lesions examiner for 10 years. Dr. Singh is trained in ICDAS which is a new way of measuring caries.
Medha Singh BDS, DMD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Medicine and Dental Research at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Academic Fellow of the American Academy of Oral Medicine.
Dr. Singh received her Bachelor in Dental Surgery degree from Government Dental College, Maharishi Dayanand University in India. She received her DMD degree, Certificate of Advanced Education Program in Periodontology and Master of Science degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
She is the periodontal examiner and co-investigator on various research projects in the Division of Oral Medicine and Dental Research at Tufts. Her research is focused on drug therapies for managing periodontal disease in patients with salivary hypofunction and Sjögren’s syndrome.
Pamela M. Corrado, B.S. , Program Manager
The staff of the Public Health Research/Oral Medicine Department is supervised under the direction of the Program Manager, Pamela M. Corrado who has assisted Dr. Athena Papas in the management of several clinical trials and has managed the operations of the Oral Medicine Clinic since 2000. She works closely with Dr.Papas to ensure quality control, study compliance, subject retention and the efficient financial operation of this clinical center.
The Staff in the Division of Public Health Research and Oral Medicine is responsible for the day-to-day Oral Medicine Clinic and research activities of the department .Key responsibilities involve assisting Dentists from the Department with the care and management of our medically compromised patients as well as recruiting, scheduling and data management of all clinical trials to assure quality control and compliance.
Elizabeth Tzavaras, Certified Dental Assistant
Lauren Fagone, B.A.