The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill has selected Scott De Rossi, DMD, most recently the chair of the oral health and diagnostic sciences department at Augusta University’s Dental College of Georgia, as the new dean of its School of Dentistry.
“Scott De Rossi is a leader in oral medicine and brings significant clinical and research expertise,” said executive vice chancellor and provost James W. Dean Jr, PhD, MS. “Chancellor [Carol L.] Folt and I are confident that his concern for faculty and student diversity and globalization will help our School of Dentistry achieve its vision to be a world leader in improving oral health through excellence in education, patient care, research, public service, and engagement.”
De Rossi holds joint faculty appointments at Augusta University as professor of oral medicine in the department of diagnostic sciences at the Dental College of Georgia and professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and dermatology at the Medical College of Georgia. Also, he is an adjunct professor of oral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead Carolina’s School of Dentistry. The school has a rich history of distinctive strengths that position it to greatly influence academic dentistry and shape the next generation of oral health professionals,” said De Rossi. “I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, and alumni in promoting the health of the people of North Carolina, the nation, and the world through excellence in education, patient care, research, and service.”
De Rossi’s appointment takes effect on January 15, 2017. A diplomate with the American Board of Oral Medicine, he is active with the ADA, the American Association for Dental Research, the American Dental Education Association, and the American Academy of Oral Medicine, where he serves as a trustee and as treasurer of the executive committee.
Also, De Rossi earned his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, graduating with the highest honors, and a certificate in oral medicine from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Also, he holds a BS from Providence College and expects to receive a master’s degree in business administration from Augusta University’s Hull College of Business in December.
The UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry is one of the only dental schools in the United States that offers training in dental assisting and dental hygiene as well as a DDS degree and all dental specialties recognized by the ADA. It also provides education tracks in other postdoctoral certificate programs and a pair of PhD programs. Its clinics see more than 115,000 patient visits and its students provide more than $4 million in in-kind dental care annually.