2022 School of Dentistry Outstanding Research Faculty Award
May 18, 2022
The Office of the Dental Dean is proud to announce the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Research Faculty Award as Georgios A. Kotsakis, DDS, MS, PhDc, associate professor of periodontics, for his dedication, many accomplishments and contributions to improving health.
“This is a high honor, and I am most appreciative of this form of recognition as it comes from my peers within our institution,” said Dr. Kotsakis on receiving this award.
Dr. Kotsakis has received prestigious national and international recognition for his research. Most recently, he was named the 2022 recipient
of The American Association for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) William B. Clark Fellowship. He is also the inaugural recipient of The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Innovation in Implantology Research Award, which goes to investigators with up to 10 years of independent research experience whose innovative work has a potential to advance implantology. Dr. Kotsakis is the principal grant recipient and investigator, in collaboration with the American Dental Association Science & Research Institute, on a recently awarded four-year, $2.4 million NIH grant
. In parallel with his clinical research program, he maintains a multi-million translational research program funded by a R03, an R01 and foundation grants focusing on host-microbiome interactions in the soft tissue barrier.
“My research program focuses on delineating the complex interactions between host immune response, oral bacteria and dental biomaterials using human and murine models of oral inflammatory disease phenotypes,” said Dr. Kotsakis. “Our lab conducts research across the entire spectrum of translational research from basic discovery to human clinical trials and public health implementation, which are published in high-impact interdisciplinary journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the Lancet and the British Medical Journal (BMJ)
. We are currently focusing on the study of the etiology of peri-implant inflammation, which is an inflammatory disease that leads to the destruction of jawbone and implant failures. The basis of these investigations is a human-centered model of clinical immunology, which in combination with knock-out animal models, focuses on the effects that implant biomaterial degradation has on immune activation, non-resolving inflammation and cell death.”
In addition to his role as associate professor at UT Health San Antonio, Dr. Kotsakis serves as president of the IADR Implantology Group and the AADOCR San Antonio and is Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles and textbook chapters with more than 15,000 citations of his work.
The School of Dentistry’s Outstanding Research Faculty Award was established in 2020 to recognize outstanding contributions by dental faculty. The Office of the Dean circulates an announcement for nominations each fall with the final selection being made by faculty from within both the schools of dentistry and medicine at UT Health San Antonio.