Fisher Alum Appointed Dean of UB School of Dental Medicine
Joseph J. Zambon, Ph.D., DDS, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Periodontics and Endodontics, has been appointed dean of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
A member of the Class of 1973, Zambon’s appointment was announced by the University after an international search that attracted a pool of highly competitive candidates.
Zambon—a UB faculty member since 1982 and an internationally recognized authority on periodontal pathogens—said it was “an extreme honor to be able to lead the School of Dental Medicine.”
In addition to his faculty appointments at UB, Zambon has served as interim dean of the School of Dental Medicine since August 2015, as associate dean for academic affairs for 14 years, and for two years as associate dean for faculty advancement and advanced education. He was also director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontology in the Department of Periodontics.
Twice named Dental Educator of the Year in the UB dental school, Zambon has authored or co-authored more than 150 scholarly papers–including four of the most highly cited articles in dental journals–more than two dozen book chapters and more than 225 abstracts. He has also been principal or co-principal of more than 60 grants, holds five patents and secured more than $11 million in grant funding over his career. Zambon’s research in oral bacteria has been supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research within the National Institutes of Health, as well as other government and private funding agencies.
Zambon has served on the editorial boards of several of the leading academic journals in the field of periodontology, including Journal of Periodontal Research and the Journal of Periodontology. He was also elected a fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.
Prior to joining UB, Zambon served for four years as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps and held the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fisher, he holds a DDS and Ph.D. in oral biology, both from UB.