Associate Editor

Pouran Famili, DMD, MDS, MPH, PhD

Department of Periodontics
School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA


Dr. Famili is Full Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry, with a secondary appointment as Full Professor in the University of Pittsburghs Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She graduated from the Periodontics Residency Program and received her Masters degree in Dental Science from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by the DMD, and then earned her MPH (2000) and the PhD in the field of Epidemiology in 2005. She has been a member of the Periodontics Faculty since 1986 and has served the University and the Profession with Distinction, becoming a Diplomate in both Periodontics and Implantology, and a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists, among many others. She is active in both the local and national chapters of the Dental Honorary OKU, and in 2005 was a finalist for the Chancellors Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to several publications on both topics, she has received financial grant support to study the relationship between dental implant placement and osteoporosis from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and from NobelBiocare. She is a member of both the American Academy for Dental Research and the International Academy for Dental Research and has presented her research nationally and internationally. Dr. Famili has taken great pleasure in working to actively mentor the careers of periodontics residents and dental students throughout her own career at the University of Pittsburgh, and has produced many publications, presentations, and service learning opportunities, presented to peer-reviewed national and international dental and implantology meetings. She regularly peer-reviews research funding proposals for the National Institutes of Health, curriculum tools for the Med Ed Portal knowledge website (sponsored jointly by the Association of American Medical Colleges and ADEA), and scholarly articles for many different journals in the dental press. She is very active in academic dentistry, participating in the American Dental Education Associations Womens Affairs and Minority Affairs Committees, often presenting symposium topics regarding implantology, mentoring, or the first professional education of young dentists. Dr. Famili practices periodontics exclusively in the University of Pittsburgh faculty practice.


University of Pittsburgh, certificate in periodontics 1979
University of Pittsburgh, M.D.S. 1980
University of Pittsburgh, D.M.D. 1985
University of Pittsburgh, MPH 2000
University of Pittsburgh, PhD 2005

Research Interest

Her research interests include: The relationship between Periodontal disease and Osteoporosis, and subsequently the effects of Osteoporosis on Dental Implant Survival.

Scientific Activities


•(1977- Present) American Academy of Periodontology
•(1977- Present) Pittsburgh Academy of Periodontology
•(1977-Present) Womens Dental Association, University of Pittsburgh
•(1977- Present) American Dental Association
•(1984-Present) Pennsylvania Dental Association
•(1984-Present) Western Pennsylvania Dental Association
•(1990-Present) American Academy Board of Periodontology
•(1992-Present) IADR (International Association for Dental Research)
•(1992-Present) Omicron Kappa Upsilon
•(1996-Present) Pennsylvania Academy of Periodontology
•(1998-Present) American College of Dentists
•(1998-Present) American Association of Dental Schools
•(2001) Fellow, American College of Dentists
•(2003-Present) Fellow, International College of Dentists
•(2008-Present) Fellow, International College of Oral Implantologists


•(1987) Clinical Instructor of the Year, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
•(1987, 1988) Best Instructor in Periodontics, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Periodontics
•(1989, 1990) Honored Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation
•(1990) Marshall for Diploma Ceremony, School of Dental Medicine
•(1992) Membership, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Beta Chapter, University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine
•(1998) Fellowship, American College of Dentists
•(2000) Selected by senior dental students as one of three faculty who were most effective teachers, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
•(2003) Fellowship, International College of Dentists
•(2005) Finalist, Chancellors Distinguished Teaching Award


1. Famili P. Effects of general cancer on the mouth. Journal of Iranian Dentistry. 1972.
2. Ceravolo FJ, Famili P, Li S. Alveolar ridge augmentation utilizing collagen wound dressing. International Journal of Oral Implantology. 1987; 4(2): 15-18.
3. Adams CKS, Famili P. Study of the effects of the drug FK506 on gingival tissues. Transplantation Proceedings. 1991; 23(6): 3193-3194.
4. Tupta-Veselicky L, Famili P, Ceravolo F, Zullo T. Evaluation of an electronic constant force periodontal probe. Journal of Periodontology. 1994; 65(6): 616-622.
5. Famili P, Mozayanfar K. Advancement of rapidly progressive periodontitis in patients without maintenance: A case report. Journal of Periodontology. 1995.
6. Weyant R, Pearlstein M, Chuark P, Forrest K, Famili P. Cauley JA. The association between osteopenia and periodontal attachment loss in older women. Journal of Periodontology. 1999; 70(9): 982-991.
7. Famili P, Cauley JA, Weyant R, Suzuki JB. Longitudinal analyses of the relationship between periodontal disease, tooth loss, and the rate of bone loss in older women. Journal of Periodontology. 2005; 76(1): 11-15.
8. Famili P, Suzuki JB. A prostate cancer therapy as a risk factor of osteoporosis and periodontitis. Journal of Practical Hygiene. 2006; 7-10.
9. Famili P, Cauley JA, Greenspan SL. Effect of androgen deprivation therapy on periodontal disease in men. Journal of Urology. 2007; 177(3): 921-924.
10. Famili P. Oral bone loss may be influenced by infection and osteoporosis. Journal of Evidence-based Dental Practice. 2009; 9(2): 99-100. doi: 10.1016/j.jebdp.2009.03.009.
11. Famili P, Short E. Compliance to periodontal maintenance at the University of Pittsburgh: Retrospective analysis of 315 cases. General Dentistry. 2010; e42-e47.
12. Ozturk A, Famili P, Vieira AR. The antimicrobial peptide DEFB1 is associated with caries. Journal of Dental Research. 2010; 89(6): 631-636. doi: 10.1177/0022034510364491.
13. Famili P, Mosher TA, Quigley S. Survival of dental implants among post-menopausal female dental-school patients taking oral bisphosphonates: A retrospective study. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. 2011; 32(6): e106-e109.
14. Heinrichs EP, Famili P. Dental school faculty teaching the periodontal-systemic connection to medical school students: A pilot mini-elective. Journal of Dental Education. 2011; 75(10): 1293-1407.
15. Famili P. Persons living with HIV may be more likely to seek preventive dental care if financial barriers to care are removed, if they are actively taking HIV medications, and if they are satisfied with their overall oral health. Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. 2012; 12(3): 169-170. doi: 10.1016/j.jebdp.2012.07.002.
16. Famili P, Akmal O. Successful dental implant placement in a liver transplant survivor: literature review and report of a case. Oral Health Journal. 2013; (8): 42-45.
17. Famili P. Oral bisphosphonates and relationship to ONJ and dental implants. Dentistry. 2013; 4(1): 188.