Athena Papas

Athena Papas

(617) 636-3932
Research/Areas of Interest:

Sjogren's syndrome; geriatric dentistry; rheumatology


  • BS, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 1966
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 1971
  • DMD, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Cambridge, United States, 1974


Dr. Athena Papas is a Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Sciences and the Erling Johansen Professor of Dental Research, and theJohansen Professor of Dental Research

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, She also received the Lucy Hobbs Award, Heroes Among US- Celtics and the Sjögren's Foundation: Healthcare Professional Leadership Award.

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.