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Michael Thompson

Professor
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

Professor
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Phone 617-636-3775
1 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111
Biography: 

Michael Thompson, M.A., Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Thompson received his Ph.D. from Emory University, and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Edinburgh and Tufts University School of Medicine. He was a faculty member in the Dept. of Pharmacology from 1987-97, before joining Tufts University School of Dental Medicine full time in 1997. Since that time, Dr. Thompson has served as the Course Director for both the undergraduate and postgraduate Pharmacology courses. He has received awards for excellence in teaching as well as the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service. He has lectured at Yankee Dental Congress as well as various Boston area Dental Societies, taught pharmacology at Forsyth School for Dental Hygiene, and has offered CE courses at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine on updates in Pharmacology. He is the author of numerous publications on stress, pain response, and endogenous opioids.

Education: 
B.A., Stetson University, 1968
M.A., Emory University, 1970
Ph.D., Emory University, 1972
Professional Experience: 
2017- present:

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

2012-2017:

Director of Student Academic Affairs, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

2012 – present:

Professor, Dept. of Periodontology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

2009-2012:

Professor, Dept. of General Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

2002-2009:

Associate Professor, Dept. of General Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics, Tufts University School of Medicine

1997-2002:

Asst. Professor, Dept. of General Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Dept. of Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics, Tufts University School of Medicine

1994-1997:

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Pharmacology, Tufts University School of Medicine

1987-1994:

Asst. Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, Tufts University School of Medicine

1985-1987:

Research Asst. Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Selected Honors and Awards: 
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service, 2015
Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching, 2006
OKU Honorary Member, 2000
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Faculty in the Dental School, 1997
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service, 1997
Professional Memberships: 
2006-Present: ADEA