Panos N. Papapanou, DDS, PhD is Professor of Dental Medicine, Director of the Division of Periodontics, and Chairman of the Section of Oral, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Sciences, at the College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University, New York, USA. He has earned DDS degrees from the University of Athens, Greece, and Columbia University, NY, USA, a PhD from Göteborg University, Sweden, and has received post-doctoral training in Oral Microbiology at the Forsyth Institute, Boston, MA. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, foundations and industry, and encompasses studies of the epidemiology of periodontal disease, the assessment of microbial and host-derived risk factors, the pathobiology of periodontitis and its role in general health. He is the recipient of several international awards, including the Jens Waerhaug Prize by the Scandinavian Society of Periodontology (1988), the William Gies Award for Clinical Research from the International Association for Dental Research (2015), the Yngve Ericsson Prize in Prophylactic Dentistry Research jointly awarded by Swedish Patent Revenue Fund for Prophylactic Odontology and the European Organization for Caries Research (2016), and the Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Research in Periodontal Disease from the International Association for Dental Research (2017). He is board member of several journals, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and Past President and Councilor of the Periodontal Research Group of the IADR. He has published extensively, and currently has a Google Scholar h-index of 66 with >17,000 bibliographic citations.