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Thomas Rams, DDS, MHS, PhD

Professor, Periodontology and Oral Implantology
Director/Clinical Consultant, Oral Microbiology Testing Service Laboratory, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Thomas Rams
Contact Information

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About Me

Research Interests

  • Human periodontal and dental implant microbiology
  • Clinical periodontal diagnostic microbiology
  • Non-surgical microbiologically modulated anti-infective periodontal therapy
  • Application of systemic and local antimicrobial agents in periodontal therapy
  • LANAP minimally-invasive periodontal surgical therapy
  • Periodontal probiotics
Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • PhD, Medical Sciences, Oral Microbiology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands, 2013
  • DDS, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, 1980
  • MHS, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, 1977
  • BS, Environmental Health, George Washington University, 1974


  • Postgraduate Specialty Certificate in Dental Public Health, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1994
  • Postgraduate Specialty Certificate in Periodontics, New York VA Medical Center, 1987
  • Postgraduate Fellowship Certificate in Clinical Dentistry, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1982
  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Director Permit (Bacteriology), Pennsylvania Department of Health, 1995-present (Only periodontist in USA state-licensed as a Director of a clinical diagnostic microbiology laboratory)
  • Standard and Expanded Proficiency Certification in Laser Dentistry, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, 2013
  • License for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) periodontal surgery, Millennium Dental Technologies, 2013
  • Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) Proficiency Certification, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, 2014


  • Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology, 1991
  • Diplomate, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, 2006
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, 2006

Honors & Awards

  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching at Temple University, 2007
  • American Academy of Periodontology Educator Award for outstanding university teaching in periodontics at Temple University, 2008
  • Recipient, Paul H. Keyes Term Professorship in Periodontology at Temple University, 2003-2013
  • Fellowship, American College of Dentists, 1991
  • Fellowship, International College of Dentists, 2005
  • Fellowship, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, 2005
  • Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, 2014
  • Academic Associate Fellowship, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 1997
  • Chief Dental Officer’s Exemplary Service Award, US Public Health Service (for periodontal consultant activities with the Indian Health Service), 1995
  • Faculty Commendation, Temple University School of Dentistry Student Council, 1997, 2003, 2004