Peter M. Loomer, DDS, PhD, an internationally recognized authority in the fields of periodontology and implant dentistry, has been appointed chairman of the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at the NYU College of Dentistry, effective February 1, 2014. Dr. Loomer will continue to serve as director of Global Health for oral health sciences at the NYU Global Institute of Public Health.
“Dr. Loomer’s passion and dedication to global oral health has led him to promote oral health research, education, and patient care initiatives at the national and international levels,” said Charles N. Bertolami, DDS, DMedSc, Herman Robert Fox Dean and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NYU. “As chairman, he will be responsible for shaping the future of periodontal and implant education at both the pre- and postdoctoral levels.” Please join me in congratulating Dr. Loomer and wishing him every success in his new position.”
Since June 2013, Dr. Loomer has served as director and clinical professor of periodontology as well as director of global health for oral health sciences at the NYU Global Institute of Public Health. Prior to joining NYUCD, he was professor of clinical affairs at the UCSF School of Dentistry, where he served with distinction as director of Predoctoral Periodontology, vice-chair of the Division of Periodontology, chairman of the Education Committee and, previously, of the Faculty Council, and director of Clinical Affairs in the Division of Periodontology. Dr. Loomer holds a DDS degree, a certificate in periodontics, and a PhD in cell and tissue biology, all from the University of Toronto. His research interests include the oral microbiome, bone cell biology, and periodontal regeneration.
A Board-certified periodontist and prolific author, Dr. Loomer has served in many roles in organized dentistry, including chair and councilor of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Section on Periodontics, President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) San Francisco Division, the American Academy of Periodontology Patient Benefits & Advocacy and Education Committees, the Joint Commission on National Dental Board Examinations Test Construction Committee, and on the Commission on Dental Accreditation. His research has been funded by the NIH and the Gates Foundation.