New admissions dean – an endodontist!

Mary Pettiette, D.D.S., the VCU School of Dentistry’s new admissions dean.

Mary Pettiette, D.D.S., president of the American Association of Endodontists Foundation board of trustees, has been named dean of admissions at the VCU School of Dentistry. She comes to VCU from the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill where she most recently served as associate dean of admissions and student life. At UNC, she also served as associate clinical professor in the Department of Endodontics and provided endodontic education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Committed to advancing dental education, Dr. Pettiette is passionate about recruiting top students into the dental profession. She will collaborate with other health disciplines on the MCV Campus as VCU incorporates interprofessional education as the dental clinics’ prepare to move to the new Adult Outpatient Pavilion at the corner of 10th and Leigh Streets. She will also incorporate advanced assessments and analytical tools for identifying and selecting the best D.D.S. candidates for admission to the dental school.

Dr. Mary Pettiette with son Erich and husband Norbert.

She earned her D.D.S. degree and certificate of endodontics from Louisiana State University where she held a part-time faculty position while in private practice in New Orleans. She joined the UNC Adams School of Dentistry faculty in the department of endodontics in 1990.

Dr. Pettiette is active at the state and national levels of endodontic governing bodies. She served as president of the North Carolina State Endodontic Society and chair of the ADEA Endodontic section. She is a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Endodontists and is currently president of the AAE Foundation Board of Trustees.

She is an active researcher and recipient of external grant funding. Her research interests focus on biologic implications of endodontic practice. Her study showing a relationship between statins and pulp chamber calcification led to a podcast interview by the Journal of Endodontics. Her latest research “MicroRNA Expression Profiles in External Cervical Resorption” was featured on the front cover of the September 2019 issue of the JOE. 

Her recognitions are many and include the ADEA Council of Sections Thomas F. Nowlin Award for 2014 Outstanding Performance by a section (endodontics). She was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon, American College and International College of Dentists honor societies.