Peter Berthold

Peter Berthold

Academic Title

Division of Dental Public Health
Department of Primary Dental Care

Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sciences
School of Public Health


Odontology, Ph.D. Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden, 1978
Other Education
Odontology (Dentistry), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden, 1967 - Oral Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine - Oral Prosthetics, Docent, Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden, 1983 - Oral Prosthetics, Specialist, National Board of Health, Sweden, 1983

Contact Info



Administrative Contact

Janet Campanaro

Office Address

15-136 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Dr. Berthold received his initial training in Sweden graduating from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden in 1967 with a DDS (LDS) degree and later received his PhD, and the rank of specialist in Oral Prosthetics. He moved to University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine 1979 and received a DMD degree in 1983. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine in 1983 and promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1987 and to Professor in 1993. He was in 1999 appointed chairperson of the Department of Community Oral Health and later held the position as Chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences. He has practiced dentistry in Stockholm, Sweden, Philadelphia and New York City.

He also held the position as Associate Dean of International Relations between 1990 and 2005. He directed the PENN PASS program for 19 years, a program for internationally educated dentists. In addition, he served as Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Oral Infectious Diseases: Education, Research, Care and Access from 1997 until July 2005. In this position, he was in 2002 invited to testified in Congress to the Human Rights Caucus on Noma. In the academic year 2005/06 Dr. Berthold was Technical Officer at WHO Oral Health Program in Geneva, Switzerland.

He moved to University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2006 as tenured Professor. He is currently Head of Community Oral Health, and Director of International Affairs and the Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS). He is also Adjunct Professor in the Division of Environmental Health at the School of Public Health.

His past research interests have been in the ultra structure of oral microorganisms and the oral environment, and oral HIV disease. More recently he has been working on access to care issues in underserved communities and in developing countries, and advanced simulation technology in oral health education. He lectures frequently both locally and globally on his past and current research interests, on oral health education, global oral health, and advanced simulation technology in oral health education.

His publications include his doctoral thesis, 1 book, 5 book chapters, 54 original articles in peer-reviewed journals and 63 abstracts.

Dr. Berthold has served as an accreditation consultant for many international dental schools i.e Sweden, France, Belarus, Greece, and Kuwait. He is currently a consultant for the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Department for Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2005.


National Research Service Award, 1981-1983
National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIDCR)

The Earl Banks Hoyt Award in recognition of outstanding teaching 1984 and 1987
University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine

Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society, 1999

Alumni Award of Merit, 2001
University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine

Fellow, International College of Dentists (FICD) 2008


Berthold, P. and Berthold, C.-H. 1978. Electron microscopic demonstration of Streptococcus mutans in 5-day-old experimental dental plaque using immunohistochemistry. Acta. Path. Microbiol. Scand. Sec. B., Suppl 271:39-63.

Lai, C-H., Males, B.M., Dougherty, P.A., Berthold, P. and Listgarten, M.A. 1983. Centipeda periodontii gen. nov., sp. nov., from human periodontal lesions. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 33:628-635

Boehringer, H., Berthold, P.H. and Taichman, N.S. 1986. Studies on the interaction of human neutrophils with plaque spirochetes. J. Periodont. Res. 21:195-209.

Berthold, P. and Listgarten, M. 1986. Distribution of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans in juvenile periodontitis plaque. An electron immunocytochemical study. J. Periodont. Res. 21:473-485.

Berthold, P., Males, B., Dougherty, P.A., Lai, C-H. and Listgarten, M. 1988. Ultrastructure of the flagellar basal body from Centipeda periodontii. Journal of Ultrastructure and Molecular Structure Research. 99:150-155.

Taichman, N.S., Iawase, M., Korchak, H.M., Berthold, P. and Lally, E. 1991. Membranolytic activity of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans leukotoxin.. J. Periodont. Res. 26:258-260.

Lally, E.T., Golub,E.E., Kieba,I.R., Taichman, N.S., Decker, S., Berthold, P., Gibson, C.W., Demuth, D.R. and Rosenbloom, J. 1991. Structure and function of the B and D genes of the A. actinomycetemcomitans leukotoxin complex. Microbial Pathogenesis. 11:111-121.

Berthold, P., Forte, D., Kieba, I.R., Taichman, N. S., Rosenbloom, J. and Lally, E. 1991. Electron immunocytochemical localization of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans leukotoxin. J. Oral Microbiol. Immunol. 7:24-27.

Malamud, D., Davies, C., Berthold, P., Roth, E. and Friedman, H. 1993. Human submandibular saliva aggregates HIV. AIDS Res. Hum. Retroviruses 9:633-637.

Berthold, P., Stewart, J., Cumming, C., Decker, S. , MacGregor, R. and Malamud, D. 1994. Candida in dental plaque from AIDS patients. Journal of Infectious Disease 170:1053-1054.

Berthold, P. and Lopez, N. 1994. PENN PASS: A program for graduates of foreign dental schools. J. D. E 58:849-854.

Lopez, N., Glick, M. and Berthold, P. 1998. Providing care in an infectious disease clinic: Why students volunteer. Eur. J. Dent. Educ. 2:138-142.

Spallek, H., Berthold, P., Shanley, D. and Attstrom, R. 2000. Quality Criteria for Hypermedia Documents in Dental Education. American Journal of Distance Education. 14(2): 49-59.

Muzyka BC , Kamwendo L, Mbweza E, Lopez NB, Glick M, Matheson PB, Kershbaumer R, , Nyrienda T, Malamud D, Constantine NT, Thompson J, Nyasulu, Y, Saville R and Berthold, P. 2001. Prevalence of HIV-1 and Oral Lesions in Pregnant Women in Rural Malawi. Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Pathol. Oral Radiol. Endod. 92:56-61.

Gaengler, P., De Vries, J., Akota, I., Balciuniene, I., Berthold, P., Gajewska, M., Johnsen, D., Urtane, I., Walsh, L. and Zijlstra, A. 2002. 1.1 Student selection and the influence of their clinical and academic environment on learning. Eur. J. Dent. Educ. 6(suppl. 3): 8-26.

Lopez, N., Simpser-Rafalin, S. and Berthold, P. 2005. Prevention and treatment of caries using Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) in an underserved community. Am J Public Health. 95:1338-9.

Gennaro, S., Naido, S. and Berthold, P. 2008. Oral Health and HIV/AIDS. Am J Matern Child Nurs. 33(1):50-7.

Wadenya, R.O., Lopez, N. and Berthold, P. 2010. Chewing stick use among African immigrants in West Philadelphia: implications for oral health providers. Community Dental Health 27:60-64

Berthold, P. and Naidoo, S. 2011. Periodontal disease in HIV/AIDS. Periodontology 2000 (Invited special issue paper. Accepted for publication)

Naidoo, S. and Berthold, P. 2011. Inexpensive and cost-effective treatment alternatives to conventional periodontal treatment in resource-poor countries. Periodontolgy 2000 (Invited special issue paper. Accepted for publication)

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