Peter Zahi Tawil, DMD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor


  • MS, Endodontics, UNC Adams School of Dentistry, 2008
  • Certificate, AEGD, University of Rochester, 2005
  • DMD, Universite de Montreal, 2004
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal


During his time in dental school, Tawil co-founded Montreal’s Homeless Street Youth Dental Clinic, for which his team was rewarded the ADEA Quest for Excellence in Dental Education Award.

With his active involvement in endodontic research, Tawil has several publications and received a research grant from the American Association of Endodontists Foundation in 2005 for his masters thesis project: “Periapical Microsurgery: An In-Vivo Evaluation of Root-End Filling Materials.”

After completing his studies at the Adams School of Dentistry, Tawil worked as a specialist in private practice for several years in Québec and in North Carolina. While in private practice he served as a part-time faculty at multiple universities and was a quality assessment audit officer for the Quebec Dental Board and as an independent consultant.

Tawil serves as a speaker for the American Association of Endodontists and has lectured nationally and internationally. He currently teaches at the Adams School of Dentistry, volunteers in Jamaica with the 1000 Smiles Dental Project, serves as a mentor for the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics and as an examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists. Furthermore, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Research Interests

Endodontics and endodontic surgery, periapical microsurgery, dental defects, endodontic instruments, endodontic materials, health outcomes, pulpotomies

Availability to Mentor

Graduate student, postdoc and/or junior faculty member