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Diane Karnavas DMD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Diane Karnavas is s a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. At Pitt Dental Medicine, she teaches clinical skills and coursework to the orthodontic residents. 

Dr. Karnavas was born, raised and educated in Pittsburgh. After attending the University of Pittsburgh for her undergraduate education in biology and chemistry, Dr. Karnavas furthered her education with a DMD followed by earning a certificate in orthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh.   

After completing her residency certificate program, she opened an office in Verona, Pa., ultimately growing the practice to three offices in the region. Her overriding philosophy has been to provide the best individualized treatment to each person based on their particular condition and situation.   

In 2010, Dr. Karnavas began volunteering with FOCUS Pittsburgh, now named the Neighborhood Resilience Project, a nationwide movement to "provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America." In October of 2015, Dr. Karnavas co-founded a dental clinic at their location in the Hill District in Pittsburgh where she acts as the co-dental director of the program, dedicating time to providing free dental care to underprivileged youth and adults.  

In her spare time, Dr. Karnavas enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She loves to read, is an avid walker and enjoys experimenting with new recipes.   


Cassie Cline-Elyes