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Dr. Foti Panagakos

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Dr. Panagakos, “Foti,” received his DMD from UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School (now Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine) and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (now the Rutgers University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) in 1992.  In 1999, Foti received my Masters in Education from Seton Hall University and in 2007 I received my Master’s in Business Administration from Lehigh University.


Foti was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, from the Lehigh Army ROTC program in 1986 and served for 13 years in the NJ Army National Guard and Army Reserve.  He then served as a medical platoon leader, Squadron administrative officer (S1), Medical Company commander and reserve augmentee to the 82nd Airborne Division, leaving the service as a Major.


From 1993 until 2005, Foti was a full time faculty member at New Jersey Dental School, serving in a number of administrative positions, including Group Practice Administrator, Director of Environmental Safety and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  During this time, he also maintained a private dental practice in Westfield and Newark, NJ.


From June 2005 until November 2017, Foti served in a number of roles with increasing responsibility at the Colgate-Palmolive Company.  He worked out of both the Oral Care R&D and US Professional team, focused on clinical research, scientific affairs, key thought leader management, and interfacing with the external professional and consumer communities.


From November 2017 until June 2018, Foti was Vice President, Scientific and Clinical Affairs, for Geistlich Pharma, North America based in Princeton, NJ.  I lead the U.S. clinical science team activities related to the development of clinical studies, publications, and continuing to strengthen relationships with regional and national professional associations aligned with regenerative dentistry.


Since August, 2018, Foti has been the Associate Dean for Research at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry.


Foti has authored and co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed scientific research articles and co-editor of three dental science textbooks.  In Foti’s spare time, he is an avid runner, having completed 53 marathons since 2012.  He enjoys running races at all distances, and is currently in the process of completing a marathon in every US state.

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Twitter: @FotiPanagakos

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