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Chair of Preventive and Restorative Sciences: Markus Blatz
November 7, 2006, Volume 53, No. 11

Markus Blatz

Dr. Markus B. Blatz has been named chairman and professor of restorative dentistry-clinician educator in the department of preventive and restorative sciences at the School of Dental Medicine effective September 1, 2006. Dr. Blatz came to Penn from Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in New Orleans, where most recently he has served as chairman of the department of comprehensive dentistry and biomaterials and assistant dean for clinical research. During his tenure at LSU, he also directed the Masters of Science in Oral Biology Program.

Prior to joining LSU in 2000, he was a senior faculty member, 1998-99, and assistant professor, 1994-98, in the department of prosthodontics at the University of Freiburg School of Dentistry, in Germany. Dr. Blatz earned  his D.M.D. and his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg in 1994 and 1998, respectively, and completed a residency in prosthodontics/perioprosthodontics there as well in 1997. He is also a Diplomate in the German Society of Prosthodontics and Material Sciences.

A widely published and internationally respected lecturer, Dr. Blatz’s main focus within clinical practice and research is esthetic dentistry with an emphasis on implantology and dental materials, particularly ceramics and adhesion. Dr. Blatz holds editorial positions with numerous professional journals, serving as an associate editor for Quintessence International and Quintessence of Dental Technology and a section editor forthe Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and he serves as a scientific reviewer for a number of other scientific dental journals.

“Dr. Blatz brings excellence as a clinician, researcher, and educator to this role,” said Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean Marjorie Jeffcoat. “His skills and leadership will ensure that the School remains at the forefront of the latest advances in restorative dentistry.”

An active member of many professional societies, including the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, Dr. Blatz is the 2005-2006 President of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Association of Dental Research. Dr. Blatz has also been recognized for his commitment as a teacher and educator through multiple honors and teaching awards.


Almanac - November 7, 2006, Volume 53, No. 11