The University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD) has named Panagiotis C. Zoidis, DDS, MS, PhD, its associate dean for clinical affairs and quality assurance. Beginning May 3, 2021, he will succeed Cesar Migliorati, DDS, MS, PhD, who is stepping down from the position.
“I want to thank the search committee for their efforts as well as everyone who participated in the interview and selection process. I am looking forward to having Dr. Zoidis join our leadership team,” said dean Isabel Garcia, DDS, MPH.
As associate dean, Zoidis will be responsible for the college’s overall clinical operations and patient care activities, collaborating with all departments and programs.
Also, Zoidis will provide leadership, strategic direction, oversight, and management in areas related to the clinical pre-doctoral, clinical residency, and faculty practice programs, as well as ensure compliance with accreditation and quality assurance standards and federal and state healthcare and safety regulations.
Zoidis joined UFCD in April 2017 as a clinical associate professor in the UF Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics. In November 2018, he was appointed interim division director of prosthodontics, followed by a permanent appointment.
In 1992, Zoidis earned his dental degree from the Dental School of Athens National and Kapodistrian University. In 1996, he earned his certificate in prosthodontics and his master’s in oral biology from the Temple University School of Dentistry. In 2009, he earned his doctoral degree in biomaterials.
Zoidis also served as a prosthodontist in the Greek Navy from 1996 to 1998. He was a member of the faculty at the Dental School of Athens National and Kapodistrian University from 1996 through 2017 as well.
With extensive lecture experience, UFCD said, Zoidis has a diverse research background and a clinical focus on full-mouth reconstructions, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implants, and treatment of temporomandibular disorder.
During his four years as associate dean, Migliorati made important and lasting contributions to UFCD and the broader community, the school said. He brought experience and insights to a data-driven approach in making meaningful enhancements to patient care, safety, and quality, UFCD said.
Migliorati will continue in his role as a professor in oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences and devote more time to teaching, patient care, and scholarly activities, UFCD said.