Thomas Rams, DDS, MHS, PhD

Title: 
Professor - Director of Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory
Department: 
Periodontology & Oral Implantology
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(215) 707-2941

Appointments: Professor, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Temple University School of Dentistry (1996-present; tenure since 1997); Laboratory Director and Clinical Consultant, Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory, Temple University School of Dentistry (1996-present); Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Temple University School of Medicine (2010-present); Graduate Faculty member (Oral Biology program), Temple University Graduate School (1997-present)
Education: BS in Environmental Health, George Washington University (1974); MHS in Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health (1977); DDS, University of Maryland School of Dentistry (1980); Postgraduate Fellowship Certificate in Clinical Dentistry, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1982); Postgraduate Specialty Certificate in Periodontics, New York VA Medical Center (1987); Postgraduate Specialty Certificate in Dental Public Health, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1994); PhD in Medical Sciences (Oral Microbiology), University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen (Netherlands) (2013) 
Specialty Certification/Licensure: Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology (1991); Diplomate, International Congress of Oral Implantologists (2006); Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Director Permit (Bacteriology), Pennsylvania Department of Health (1995-present; only periodontist in USA state-licensed as a Director of a clinical diagnostic microbiology laboratory); Standard and Expanded Proficiency Certification in Laser Dentistry, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (2013); License for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) periodontal surgery, Millennium Dental Technologies (2013); Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) Proficiency Certification, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (2014)
Administrative/Clinical Experience: Dental Staff Fellow, Clinical Investigations and Patient Care Branch, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1980-1982); Private practice of general dentistry, Washington, DC (full-time 1983-1985; part-time 1985-1987); Private practice of periodontics, Washington, DC (full-time 1987-1992; part-time 1993-present); Medical Staff Consultant (Periodontics), Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1992-1999); Staff Fellow, Division of Epidemiology and Oral Disease Prevention, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1992-1994); Associate Professor of Dental Medicine & Surgery, and Laboratory Director, Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory, Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University (1995-1996); Chairman, Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Temple University School of Dentistry (1996-2010); Associate Dean for Advanced Education and Research, Temple University School of Dentistry (1999-2004); Senior Associate Dean, Temple University School of Dentistry (2004-2008)
Honors: Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching at Temple University (2007); American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award for outstanding university teaching in periodontics at Temple University (2008); Recipient, Paul H. Keyes Term Professorship in Periodontology at Temple University (2003-2013); Fellowship, American College of Dentists (1991); Fellowship, International College of Dentists (2005); Fellowship, International Congress of Oral Implantologists (2005); Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (2014); Academic Associate Fellowship, American Academy of Implant Dentistry (1997); Chief Dental Officer’s Exemplary Service Award, US Public Health Service (for periodontal consultant activities with the Indian Health Service) (1995); Faculty Commendation, Temple University School of Dentistry Student Council (1997, 2003, 2004); Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society (2006)
Research Interests/Special Expertise: human periodontal and dental implant microbiology; clinical periodontal diagnostic microbiology; non-surgical microbiologically modulated anti-infective periodontal therapy; application of systemic and local antimicrobial agents in periodontal therapy; LANAP minimally-invasive periodontal surgical therapy; periodontal probiotics.

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