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Athena Papas

Distinguished Professor

Athena Papas

Athena Papas

Distinguished Professor

Phone (617) 636-3932
1 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111

Dr. Athena Papas is a Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Sciences and the Erling Johansen Professor of Dental Research at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

With expertise in the oral healthcare of the elderly, medically compromised, Sjögrens, cancer and bone marrow transplant patients, Dr. Papas has been the principal investigator of over 100 clinical trials. Dr. Papas was selected as the 2009 recipient of the International Association of Dental Research PTT Distinguished Scientist Award and has been the President of PTT and has chaired the distinguished scientist awards committee. She also has received the Gavel and Pierre Fauchard awards and is a life fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Papas received her B.S. from Tufts University, a PhD. in Oral Biology from MIT and her D.M.D. from Harvard University. She had a predoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital.

D.M.D., Dentistry, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, 1974
Ph.D., Oral Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971
B.S., Biology, Jackson College (Tufts University), 1966
Professional Experience: 

Professor, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Research Consultant, Forsyth Dental Center


Associate Staff, Restorative Service, Department of Dentistry, New England Medical Center


Head of Division of Oral Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Head of Division of Public Health Research/Oral Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


The Erling Johansen Professor of Research (Endowed Chair in Research), Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Research Consultant, Dental Longitudinal Study, Boston Veterans Administration


Associate, Harvard Geriatric Education Center


Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Institute of Dental Research


Post-doctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA

Selected Honors and Awards: 
Healthcare Professional Leadership Award, Sjögren’s Foundation, 2017
Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, Tufts University, 2016
Sjögren’s Champion, Sjögren’s Foundation, 2013
Gavel Award, 2013
Robert Andrew Award, Tufts University, 2013
International Association of Dental Research-PTT Keynote Address, Iguaçu Falls, Brazil, 2012
International Association of Dental Research-PTT President, 2011
American Association of Dental Research-GORG Keynote Address, Washington D.C., 2010
Provost’s Award for Teaching and Service, Tufts University, 2010, 2002
Endowed Chair in Dental Research, Tufts University, 2000
Professional Memberships: 
American Academy of Oral Medicine
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Dental Schools
American Association of Hospital Dentists
American College of Dentists
American Dental Association
America Institute of Nutrition
American Society for Clinical Nutrition
American Society of Geriatric Dentistry
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education