Dr. Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., is dean of the School of Dental Medicine and professor of pediatric dentistry, effective August 1, 2011. Dr. Thomas came to Tufts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he served for seven years as dean of the School of Dentistry. Dr. Thomas is a widely admired leader in the dental education profession, an accomplished researcher, and a skilled administrator. Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Thomas held positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Connecticut Health Center. A native of Wales, Dr. Thomas earned his dental degree from the prestigious Guy’s Hospital, University of London, England, in 1975. In 1978, he received a Pediatric Dentistry Certificate from Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York, and a master’s degree in dental research from the University of Rochester. In 1986, he earned his doctorate in biomedical sciences from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Dr. Thomas is the author or co-author of more than 150 published articles, chapters, and abstracts in numerous scientific journals. His research focuses on tooth development, particularly that of the tooth root and periodontium. Most recently his studies have examined nutritional influences on the development of tooth enamel.
He holds fellowships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American College of Dentists, and International College of Dentists, and is a member of several national and international associations and societies, including the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. His numerous leadership positions within the primary professional organizations of his field have included: chair of the American Dental Education Association Council of Deans; chair of the Section on Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a consultant and chair of site-visit teams for the Commission on Dental Accreditations. Dr. Thomas previously served as a member of the National Board Test Construction Committee of the American Dental Association; Hatton Awards Committee, American Association for Dental Research and International Association for Dental Research; executive committee member and program chair, Section on Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health, American Academy of Pediatrics; and chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In 2010, he received an Award for Excellence from the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine.