Dr. John Da Silva
Vice Dean of Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Dr. John Da Silva has had a long career with HSDM, as a student, a faculty member, and now as Vice Dean. He received his BA from Williams College in Art History and Chemistry, his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1987. Dr. Da Silva returned to the School of Public Health and received his ScM in health policy and management. His professional training has been at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he completed specialty training in implant dentistry and prosthodontics in 1992. He has been a member of the Departments of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences and Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at HSDM. In 1998 he was appointed director of Advanced Graduate Education. He served as Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences from 2010 through 2013. In January 2014 Dr. Da Silva was appointed vice dean of HSDM. Dr. Da Silva has been actively involved in the Harvard Dental Center as the medical director and HIPAA privacy officer.
Dr. Da Silva was installed as the president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) during its 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. - Nov. 5-8, 2014.
In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Da Silva has made major contributions in research in the area of color science. He has also been involved in curricular change to improve content on substance-abuse screening and brief interventions.
Dr. Da Silva serves on the board of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry's Research Foundation and is currently chair of its Grants Review Committee. He is editor of the Oxford American Handbook of Clinical Dentistry and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Oral Implantology, Public Health Reports, Journal of Periodontology, and Journal of Dentistry. Dr. Da Silva has been chair of the Education Committee for the American Academy of Implant Dentistry since 2004.
Dr. Da Silva has received numerous honors during his academic career, including becoming an honored fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has published journal articles and lectured nationwide.
Fields of Interest
Dr. Da Silva's research interests include the application of color science in dentistry, bone growth/regeneration, and public health issues.