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Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, MA
Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, MA
Dean of the School of Dentistry
Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, MA, was appointed dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry on June 2, 2014, following a national search.
Reynolds, a 1986 graduate of the school and a 1999 graduate of the University’s Graduate School, has served the School of Dentistry in a number of capacities during the last 18 years, most recently as interim dean.
He joined the school in 1996 as assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Periodontics. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001, and in 2005 he became chair of the Department of Periodontics. In 2009, he became a professor of periodontics. Reynolds was named interim dean on July 15, 2013.
In its comprehensive search for a new dean, the search committee focused upon candidates with superb records of scholarship and proven leadership, mentoring, and administrative abilities. A distinguished academic dentist, Reynolds has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles and sits on the editorial boards of the journal Clinical Advances in Periodontics, the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, and the Journal of Periodontal Research, and he serves on the peer review panel of the Journal of Periodontology. He has sat on and chaired many committees for distinguished organizations such as the American Academy of Periodontology and the National Science Foundation. He also is currently director of the American Board of Periodontology.
Reynolds has participated in more than 20 National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections, serving as a regular member of the Skeletal Biology Development and Disease Study Section from 2006 to 2010. In 2013, he was appointed to a four-year term as a voting member of the Food and Drug Administration's Medical Devices Advisory Committee, Dental Panel.
Reynolds began his continuous record of NIH funding in 1992 when he earned a competitive five-year NIH Individual Dentist Scientist Award to support his residency and his PhD studies. His research focuses upon bone and periodontal regeneration. One of Reynolds' clinical trials received the American Academy of Periodontology R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award. His research has often been multi-institutional, including collaborators at the NIH and other universities.
Reynolds earned his PhD in oral and experimental pathology from the University of Maryland Graduate School in 1999. In 1995, he earned a certificate in periodontics from the School of Dentistry, where he had earned his DDS in 1986. Reynolds also earned a master's degree in community-clinical pathology in 1982, and a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1978, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.