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Named Professorships at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Through the generosity of alumni and friends, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is able to award named professorships to support the scholarly work of outstanding faculty.

Named Professorships at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

The Dr. Erling Johansen, D49 Endowed Professorship in Dental Research

The first endowed professorship in TUSDM’s history, this professorship was established in 1998 by the bequest of Dr. Edward Becker, D34, H94 in honor of his friend, Erling Johansen, DMD, PhD, D49, the school’s longest-serving dean. This professorship is conferred upon a leader in the field.

Athena S. Papas, DMD, PhD, FACD is the Dr. Erling Johansen, D49 Endowed Professor in Dental Research

The Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professorship in Public Health and Community Service

Established in 2006 by the Delta Dental Plan of Massachusetts, this professorship is conferred upon a leader in the field with interests in expanding community outreach and oral health-care service to underserved populations in Massachusetts. 

Mark E. Nehring, MEd, DMD, MPH is the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professor in Public Health and Community Service

Previous Holder of the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professorship in Public Health and Community Service:
Catherine Hayes, DMD, DMSc, MS, 2006-2010

The Winkler Professorship of Endodontics

This professorship was established in 2013 by the bequest of the late Thomas F. Winkler III, DMD, A62, D66, D10P, DG12P. Dr. Winkler was an endodontist, long-time faculty member and served as a Trustee of Tufts University and a Chair of the TUSDM Board of Advisors. A role model to everyone, Dr. Winkler was admired for his thoughtfulness, integrity, and dedication to his patients, colleagues and students. 

Robert B. Amato, DMD is the Winkler Professor of Endodontics

Previous Holder of the Winkler Professorship of Endodontics:
Daniel B. Green, DDS, 2013-2015