Pennsylvania dentist who pioneered medical-dental health dies

James Guggenheimer, DDS, a professor emeritus of oral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, died Jan. 27 at the age of 85, the Fox Chapel Herald reported Feb. 3.

Dr. Guggenheimer was among the first to focus on the connection between oral health and overall wellness in the body, including dental changes in patients with rubella, diabetes and organ transplants.

He joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1966 as a professor in the school's department of diagnostic sciences under the oral medicine and oral pathology disciplines, training more than 6,000 dental school graduates before his retirement Dec. 31.

Dr. Guggenheimer was a member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine and a recipient of two of the University of Pittsburgh's distinguished service awards, Dental Educator of the Year and the Award of Appreciation.

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