Dr Steven Offenbacher Cruise Passenger Death – On Thursday, August 9, 2018, Dr. Steven Offenbacher, 67, dentist with a Ph.D was on a cruise in Norway with his wife Julie when he died unexpectedly.
Dr. Offenbacher (see video below)is credited with leading groundbreaking research about the relationships between periodontal diseases and pregnancy outcomes and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Offenbacher had been a member of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill faculty since 1991 and appointed to chair of the department of periodontolgy in 2010.
In addition to the 2015 Gold Medal Award, which recognizes individuals who contribute to the advancement of the dental profession or who help improve the oral health of the community through basic or clinical research, he was awarded in 2014, the AAP Distinguished Scientist Award.
“Dr. Offenbacher introduced and popularized the term ‘periodontal medicine’ and for his translational research become a three-time recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology’s Clinical Research Award,” said Dr. De Rossi, adding that “His scholarship accrued more than 28,000 citations and more than 250 publications.”
At the ADA, he was chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs’ Extramural Research subcommittee, co-authored the council’s position paper on genetic tests in dentistry and was a member of the periodontology workgroup. In 2006, he was recognized with the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.
Dr. Offenbacher earned his D.D.S. at the Medical College of Virginia, followed by a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the same school. He also has a master of medical sciences in oral biology from Harvard Medical School.
He worked his way through dental school as a union guitarist, saying his experiences on stage helped him prepare for a life of talking with others in the clinic, classroom and laboratory.
“I am very proud to be a dentist,” he said. “I am a dentist and periodontist first and scientist second. I feel very strongly that dentistry is a noble profession in which we serve as physicians of the oral cavity.”
Dr. Offenbacher is survived by his wife, Julie, and two children.
Video: Dr. Steven Offenbacher – Benefits of periodontal treatment adverse effects of pregnancy.