Joel White, DDS, MS, is the inaugural holder of the Raymond L. and Mary V. Bertolotti Endowed Chair in Restorative Dentistry. Dr. White was named to fill the chair in 2018.
The chair was established in 2014 through an initial gift of $500,000 from the Bertolottis, who have long been associated with the School of Dentistry. Raymond Bertolotti, DDS, has for many years been a clinical professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, in addition to his private practice.
“Dr. Ray and Mary Bertolotti have provided this endowed chair, in restorative dentistry, in support of advancing our teaching, research and patient care missions,” said Dr. White, who is chair of the Division of Preclinical Education, Biomaterials & Engineering in PRDS. “I am honored to have this endowed chair within the department; it is a tremendous help for continuing our tradition of advancing knowledge and improving patient care.”
The chair is intended to support the research, teaching and service activities of the holder, related to his/her work in restorative dentistry. Special consideration shall be given to a dentistry professor working in biomaterials.
“We are genuinely grateful to the Bertolottis for their generosity,” said Michael Reddy, DMD, DMSc, dean of the School of Dentistry. “It certainly will help advance the field of restorative dentistry in years to come, in research, education and clinical practice — especially with Dr. White as the inaugural holder.”
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. White also practices in UCSF Dental Center’s general dentistry faculty practice. Dr. White joined the School of Dentistry in 1987.
A reception celebrating the chair and thanking the Bertolottis is planned for July 10.