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Matthew Finzen, DDS, MD: 1988-2017

May 19, 2017

Matthew FinzenMatthew Finzen, DDS, MD, a School of Dentistry alumnus, died unexpectedly May 12 in North Carolina. Dr. Finzen, the son of faculty member Fritz Finzen, DDS, was in his third year of the University of North Carolina’s oral and maxillofacial surgery program. He was 29.

The younger Dr. Finzen was a popular member of the class of 2014. During his time here, he served as president of the Psi Omega dental fraternity.

"Matt was well known to everyone in the OMFS department,” said Jennifer Perkins, DDS, MD. “He was an exceptional student, an incredibly likeable person, and a leader among his peers. He was an incredibly bright light who will be profoundly missed."

Dr. Biana Roykh, DDS, UCSF Dental Center clinic director and associate professor, concurred. “I knew Matt to be a lively, upbeat and enthusiastic student,” she recalled. “He was adored by his classmates and embraced life at UCSF fully. He had a good sense of humor, like his dad.”

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Anselm Catholic Church, 97 Shady Lane, Ross. A rosary service will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at St. Anselm.

The Finzen family prefers donations be made to:

Matt Finzen OMFS Resident Enrichment Fund
Dental Foundation of NC
1090 First Dental Building, Campus Box 7450
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450

or to a charity of your choice.