Charles Bertolami, DDS, DMedSc, and professor and dean of the UCSF School of Dentistry, has accepted an appointment as dean of the New York University College of Dentistry, effective September 1, 2007.
Bertolami is a nationally recognized expert in the field of connective tissue repair and disorders of the temporomandibular joint. During his 12-year tenure at UCSF, the UCSF School of Dentistry has led the nation's dental schools in total National Institutes of Health funding. In addition to strengthening the school's basic science research presence, Bertolami has become known for his advocacy of academic careers in dental research and education.
Clinical and teaching programs have been expanded, as well, including a new curriculum that integrated clinical and basic sciences, a DDS-MBA degree program, the International Dentist Program and a postbaccalaureate program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
"Charles has been an invaluable member of the campuswide leadership, admired for his collegiality, integrity and commitment to excellence," said UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD, in an email to the campus. "I thank him on behalf of the entire UCSF community and wish him continued success in the years to come. He will leave with my enduring personal gratitude for his service and friendship. The campus will conduct a vigorous national search to find a suitable successor to Dean Bertolami, which will be no mean task."