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Peter Polverini receives alumni award from Harvard

Peter Polverini, left, receives a distinguished alumni award from Bruce Donoff, dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. (Photo by Steve Gilbert for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine)

Ann Arbor, Mich., June 14, 2017 -–  Dr. Peter Polverini, a School of Dentistry faculty member and former dean, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine on June 2.

Polverini was presented with the Distinguished Advanced Graduate Education Alumni Award for his work as a scientist, educator and scholar who has advanced research, scientific rigor and innovation in dental education.  Polverini received his Doctor of Medical Sciences degree and specialty training in oral and maxillofacial pathology from Harvard in 1977.

Polverini, the Jonathan Taft Distinguished University Professor, is a professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology in the Division of Oral Pathology/Medicine/Radiology in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. He is also a professor of pathology at the U-M Medical School.

In presenting the alumni award, Bruce Donoff, dean of the Harvard dental school, noted that Polverini credits his time at Harvard with more than just medical education; he also learned what it would take to establish a successful academic career. “Dr. Polverini has an internationally renowned scientific career in the field of vascular and cancer biology where he has long been a leader and influential figure,” Donoff said during the presentation. “More recently, he has focused his attention on the education and workforce implications of new integrated care delivery models, the emerging personalized health care environment and precision medicine.”

Polverini is one of three alumni who received awards during Alumni Day. More than 100 alumni and friends returned to the Harvard school as it celebrates its sesquicentennial year. The event featured a historical overview of the last 150 years, a panel representing five decades of the school’s dental education, and Donoff’s State of the School address.


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