About Our School

Department of Periodontology


Department Manager
Elizabeth Meares

Phone: (919) 537-3727


Location: 3501F Koury Oral Health Sciences

Department of Periodontology
UNC School of Dentistry
Campus Box #7450
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7450

The Department of Periodontology is a diverse academic department committed to teaching, patient care, research and service. Our faculty includes distinguished leaders in the specialty of periodontology and biomedical research, who collectively and individually bring a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to the overall mission of the department. Our residency program and affiliated PhD program in oral biology have produced scientific and academic leaders who have distinguished careers around the globe. We have an impressive balance of talent from master clinician to distinguished scientist who work together and with others on campus in one of the most impressive new dental facilities in the country. As a team we proudly offer our patients, pre-doctoral dental students, graduate students, and visiting scholars and fellows outstanding opportunities for patient care and for education.

The department offers a visiting scholar observership program  that provides training opportunities, which are from one semester to a year, for individuals who are on sabbatical leave or other types of leave from their parent institutions.

Housed within the department is the Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases, which is led by Dr. Steven Offenbacher, chair of the Department of Periodontology and director of the center and the research clinic – the General and Oral Health Center, or GO Health Center. This center and its team of clinician scientists and fellows focuses on basic and clinical research that examines the relationships between oral infection and the risk for systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, preterm low birthweight infants, kidney disease and diabetes.