UNC Adams School of Dentistry Associate Professor of Periodontology, Antonio Moretti, DDS, MS, has been named the Straumann Distinguished Professor in Implant Dentistry.
The professorship was established with a generous contribution from Institut Straumann, the largest dental implant company in the world, and a matching gift from the State of North Carolina.
“I feel both grateful and honored to receive this very significant acknowledgment, after almost 25 years in dental education,” said Moretti. “The distinguished professorship motivates me to continue pursuing excellence in dental education, research and patient care.”
Moretti obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Santo Amaro School of Dentistry in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His Master of Science degree and certificate in periodontology were obtained at The University of Rochester/Eastman Institute of Oral Health, in Rochester, New York. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology.
After completing his residency program, Moretti joined the faculty of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, where he served as the interim director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics for two years and postgraduate clinic director for almost 10 years.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, Moretti has been both the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral program director for six years in each position. His main interests in research are human clinical trials in periodontology, dental implants and the interrelationship between periodontal disease and systemic diseases.