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

Thomas Dietrich

School of Dentistry
Professor of Oral Surgery

Contact details

The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
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.


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.


Research themes

  • 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, Periodontology and Implantology. He is a member of the European Centres for Dental Implantology.


Dietrich T, Walter C, Oluwagbemigun K, Bergmann M, Pischon T, Pischon N, Boeing H. Smoking, Smoking Cessation, and Risk of Tooth Loss: The EPIC-Potsdam Study. J Dent Res. 2015 Oct;94(10):1369-75. doi: 10.1177/0022034515598961. Epub 2015 Aug 4. PubMed PMID: 26243734.

Schulze-Späte U, Dietrich T, Wu C, Wang K, Hasturk H, Dibart S. Systemic vitamin D supplementation and local bone formation after maxillary sinus augmentation - a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical investigation. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2015 Jul 14. doi: 10.1111/clr.12641. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26178580.

Moore RA, Gay-Escoda C, Figueiredo R, Tóth-Bagi Z, Dietrich T, Milleri S, Torres-Lagares D, Hill CM, García-García A, Coulthard P, Wojtowicz A, Matenko D, Peñarrocha-Diago M, Cuadripani S, Pizà-Vallespir B, Guerrero-Bayón C, Bertolotti M, Contini MP, Scartoni S, Nizzardo A, Capriati A, Maggi CA.Dexketoprofen/tramadol: randomised double-blind trial and confirmation of empirical theory of combination analgesics in acute pain. J Headache Pain. 2015 Dec;16:541. doi: 10.1186/s10194-015-0541-5. Epub 2015 Jun 27. PubMed PMID: 26123824; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4485659.

Oluwagbemigun K, Dietrich T, Pischon N, Bergmann M, Boeing H. Association between Number of Teeth and Chronic Systemic Diseases: A Cohort Study Followed for 13 Years. PLoS One. 2015 May 6;10(5):e0123879. doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0123879. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25945503; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4422697.

Zong G, Scott AE, Griffiths HR, Zock PL, Dietrich T, Newson RS. Serum α-Tocopherol Has a Nonlinear Inverse Association with Periodontitis among US Adults. J Nutr. 2015 May;145(5):893-9. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.203703. Epub 2015 Feb 11. PubMed PMID: 25934661.

Holtfreter B, Albandar JM, Dietrich T, Dye BA, Eaton KA, Eke PI, Papapanou PN, Kocher T; Joint EU/USA Periodontal Epidemiology Working Group. Standards for reporting chronic periodontitis prevalence and severity in epidemiologic studies:Proposed standards from the Joint EU/USA Periodontal Epidemiology Working Group. J Clin Periodontol. 2015 May;42(5):407-12. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12392. Epub 2015 May 7. PubMed PMID: 25808877.

Tonetti MS, Eickholz P, Loos BG, Papapanou P, van der Velden U, Armitage G, Bouchard P, Deinzer R, Dietrich T, Hughes F, Kocher T, Lang NP, Lopez R, Needleman I, Newton T, Nibali L, Pretzl B, Ramseier C, Sanz-Sanchez I, Schlagenhauf U, Suvan JE. Principles in prevention of periodontal diseases: Consensus report of group 1 of the 11th European Workshop on Periodontology on effective prevention of periodontal and peri-implant diseases. J Clin Periodontol. 2015 Apr;42 Suppl 16:S5-11. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12368. PubMed PMID: 25639948.

Heaton B, Applebaum KM, Rothman KJ, Brooks DR, Heeren T, Dietrich T, Garcia RI. The influence of prevalent cohort bias in the association between periodontal disease progression and incident coronary heart disease. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Oct;24(10):741-6. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2014.07.006. Epub 2014 Jul 30. PubMed PMID: 25169680.

Zhan Y, Samietz S, Holtfreter B, Hannemann A, Meisel P, Nauck M, Völzke H, Wallaschofski H, Dietrich T, Kocher T. Prospective Study of Serum 25-hydroxy Vitamin D and Tooth Loss. J Dent Res. 2014 May 14;93(7):639-644. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24828383; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4293729.

Sharma P, Dietrich T, Sidhu A, Vithlani V, Rahman M, Stringer S, Jesky M, Kaur O, Ferro C, Cockwell P, Chapple IL. The periodontal health component of the Renal Impairment In Secondary Care (RIISC) cohort study: a description of the rationale, methodology and initial baseline results. J Clin Periodontol. 2014 Jul;41(7):653-61. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12263. Epub 2014 May 14. PubMed PMID: 24738870.


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