Giving Back

Since its founding in 1896, the School of Dental Medicine has evolved into one of the premier dental educational and clinical facilities in the world. The school continues in its mission of bringing superior dental education and training, high-quality clinical services, and cutting-edge research to our community.

A primary goal of the School of Dental Medicine is to offer superior learning opportunities to First Professional, Residency, and Dental Hygiene students, allowing School of Dental Medicine graduates to become nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the profession of dentistry.

In addition to outstanding classroom opportunities, the School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to research and advancing the science of dentistry.  Research efforts within the school continue to expand, focusing on genetics, craniofacial anomalies, caries, periodontal disease, pharmacology and pain control, implantology, oral cancer and dentistry for immunosuppressed patients. 

As an integral component of the University’s acclaimed health sciences programs, the school acts as a regional provider for many underserved populations including the treatment of people with special needs.  The newly renovated Center for Patients with Special Needs will increase our capacity to treat people with Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, autism, Parkinson’s, and other mental or physical impairments. It is often challenging to find a dentist who is able to provide the appropriate level of care for patients with disabilities, and the School of Dental Medicine is proud to provide this service to our community.

Contributions from alumni and friends have been generous and have become vital to address many needs including improvements in our clinical facilities, classrooms, public areas, and students' lives. The cost of a dental education is staggering and a limiting factor to entry into the profession.  Debts in excess of $200,000 upon graduation are common.  Scholarships and awards are essential to our students, the school, and our region.

Your support to the School of Dental Medicine has made many accomplishments possible, such as:
- Providing student support with need and merit based financial assistance
- Providing continuing education programs for dental professionals
- Attracting and retain the finest faculty and researchers
- Providing quality and affordable oral health care for the community

But to accomplish these goals your participation is crucial.  By directing your gift to an area or department that is most meaningful, you contribute to the advancement of our work and enable the school to attract the best and brightest students to the region and keep our mission of caring and compassion in our community alive.  For more information about giving to the School of Dental Medicine please contact Paul Casey at 412-383-7544 / or go online to

If you wish to make a contribution to the School of Dental Medicine, please send a check payable to the University of Pittsburgh to:

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine
Suite 440 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261


Ways to Support:

Outright gift
An outright gift in the form of cash, securities, and personal property can provide an immediate benefit to the school and its programs.

Planned Gifts
Planned gifts offer many ways to benefit the School and best fit your circumstances. To find out more about planned giving, please click here.

Planned gifts include:
Income Producing Vehicles

Other Vehicles

If you wish to designate your donation to a specific fund, please indicate this information on your check. Examples of specific funds are listed below:
• Dean’s Discretionary Fund
• Dean’s Scholarship Fund
• Dental Alumni Fund
• Other Endowment/Gift Funds