After an extensive nationwide search, AAID President-Elect John Da Silva, DMD, MPH, ScM, AFAAID, has been named Vice Dean at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dean Bruce Donoff stated that Da Silva’s “extensive institutional knowledge and experience in [HSDM’s] three focal areas—research, education, and patient care—will be of great value as HSDM continues its strategic planning process.”
Dr. Da Silva serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is currently the President Elect. He is also Chair of the Bylaws Committee and serves on the Education Oversight and Nominating Committees. He has received widespread recognition during his academic career, including being named an honored fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and receiving the HSDM Distinguished Junior Faculty Award. He has published numerous journal articles and lectured nationwide. Dr. Da Silva has made major contributions in research and the area of color science. He has also been involved in curricular changes to improve content on substance-abuse screening and brief interventions.
Dr. Da Silva was born in New York City and attended Williams College as an undergraduate. He received his dental degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and his MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He later returned to the School of Public Health and received an ScM in health policy and management. Dr. Da Silva completed specialty training in implant dentistry and prosthodontics at HSDM in 1992. He has been a faculty member there since 1993, first in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, then in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences and most recently as the Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences.
Established in 1951, the AAID is the only dental implant organization that offers credentials recognized by state and federal courts as being bona fide. Its membership, which exceeds 4,600, includes general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and prosthodontists from across the United States and in more than 60 other countries.