Professor Thomas Dietrich Dr. med., Dr. med. dent., MPH, FDSRCS

Professor Thomas Dietrich

School of Dentistry
Professor of Oral Surgery

Contact details

The School of Dentistry
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
St Chad's Queensway
B4 6NN
United Kingdom

Thomas Dietrich is Head of the Department of Oral Surgery in the School of Dentistry in the Institute of Clinical Sciences.

Thomas is a clinical researcher/epidemiologist in Dental Medicine, particularly in the fields of Oral Surgery and Periodontology.

He has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH/USA), the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR/UK) and the European Union.


  • Honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, 2008.
  • Doctor medicinae, Charité, Humboldt University, 2003.
  • Master in Public Health, Harvard University, 2002.
  • Medicine, Charité, Humboldt University, 2001.
  • Doctor medicinae dentariae, Charité, Humboldt University, 1997.
  • Dentistry, Charité, Humboldt University, 1995.


Thomas Dietrich studied Dentistry and Medicine at Charité, Humboldt University in Berlin. He trained as an Oral Surgeon and worked with the Departments of Periodontology and Oral Surgery at Charité Berlin.

In 2001 he was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study quantitative methods at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he graduated with an MPH in 2002.

In 2003 he joined the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research and Department of Periodontology at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine as Assistant and later as Associate Professor, where he pursued his interest in oral epidemiology and clinical outcomes research.

He was appointed Professor of Oral Surgery at the University of Birmingham in 2007.


  • BDS.
  • MSC Advanced General Dental Practice

Postgraduate supervision

Thomas is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

Clinical outcomes research in dentoalveolar surgery and implantology, in particular in methods to reduce morbidity after lower third molar surgery.

Links between oral disease/interventions (in particular in Periodontology and Oral Surgery) and systemic conditions (cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis).

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Thomas on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: or call +44 (0)121 414 5005. or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings. 



  • Clinical epidemiology, outcomes research, clinical trials.
  • His research focus is on clinical and epidemiologic research on determinants of oral diseases and oral health outcomes and their interactions with systemic disease, in particular cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases, as well as the efficacy and effectiveness of dental treatment modalities, particularly in Oral Surgery and Periodontology.


Kaner D, Bernimoulin J-P, Dietrich T, Kleber B-M, Friedmann A. Calprotectin levels in gingival crevicular fluid predict disease activity
in patients treated for generalized aggressive periodontitis
J Periodont Res, 2011, accepted.

Stewardson D, Thornley P, Bigg T, Bromage C, Browne A, Cottam D, Dalby D, Gilmour J, Horton J, Roberts E, Westoby L, Dietrich T, Burke T. The survival of class V restorations in general dental practice. Part 1, baseline data.
Br Dent J 2010; 208: E17; discussion 406-407.

Krall Kaye E, Valencia A, Baba N, Spiro III A, Dietrich T, Garcia RI.
Tooth loss and periodontal disease predict poor cognitive function in older men.
J Am Geriatr Soc 2010; 58: 713-718.

Steffen A, Schulze MB, Pischon T, Dietrich T, Molina E, Chirlaque M-D, Barricarte A, Amiano P, Quirós JR, Tumino R, Mattiello A, Palli D, Vineis P, Agnoli C, Misirli G, Boffetta P, Kaaks R, Rohrmann S, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Peeters PHM, May AM, Spencer EA, Allen NE, Bingham S, Tjønneland A, Halkjær J, Overvad K, Stegger J, Manjer J, Lindkvist B, Hallmanns G, Stenling R, Lund E, Riboli E, Gonzalez CA, Boeing H.
Anthropometry and esophageal cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009; 18: 2079-2089.

Jimenez M, Garcia R, Krall Kaye E, Vokonas P, Dietrich T. Periodontitis and risk of cerebrovascular disease in men.
Ann Neurology 2009; 66:505-512.

 Dietrich T, Kaiser W, Naumann M, Stosch U, Schwahn C, Biffar R, Dietrich D, Kocher T.
Validation of a multivariate prediction rule for history of periodontitis in a separate population.
J Clin Periodontol 2009; 36: 493–497.

Weikert C, Dietrich T, Boeing H, Boutron-Ruault, MC, Allen N, Key T, Lund E, Olsen A, Tjønneland A, Overvad K, Rohrmann S, Linseisen J, Pischon T, Trichopoulou A, Weinehall L, Johansson I, Sánchez M-J, Agudo A, Barricarte A, Amiano P, Chirlaque M-D, Quirós JR, Wirfalt E, Peeters P, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Vrieling A, Pala V, Palli D, Vineis P, Tumino R, Panico S, Bingham S, Khaw K-T, Norat T, Jenab M, Ferrari P, Slimani N, Riboli E.
Lifetime and baseline alcohol intake and risk of cancer of the Upper Aero-Digestive Tract in the European Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. Int J Cancer 2009; 125: 406-412.

Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Kiel DP, Dawson-Hughes B, Orav JE, Li R, Spiegelman D, Dietrich T, Willett WC.
Dietary calcium and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status in relation to bone mineral density among U.S. adults.
J Bone Miner Res 2009; 24: 935-942.