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Athanasios Zavras, DDS, DMD, DScM

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
DepartmentPediatric Dentistry
Address100 E. Newton Street
Boston MA 02118
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TitleChair
InstitutionBoston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
DepartmentPediatric Dentistry

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Zavras holds: a DMD degree from the University of Athens School of Dental Medicine in 1991; a Certificate of Advanced Specialty Education in Pediatric Dentistry from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1993; an MSc in Epidemiology from Harvard University School of Public Health in 1994; a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Oral Epidemiology from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in 1998; a Certificate of Advanced Specialty Education in Dental Public Health from the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in 1999; a DMSc in Oral Biology/Epidemiology from Harvard University in 1999; and a DDS from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2012. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and is licensed by both the Massachusetts and New York State Dental Boards.

Prior to accepting this appointment at Boston University, Dr. Zavras served on the faculties of the Columbia College of Dental Medicine and the Mailman School of Public Health (2009-2014) as Professor of Dental Medicine and Epidemiology, Division Head for Oral Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Director of Dental Public Health. In addition, he has served as a Senior Clinical Investigator at Forsyth Research Center since 2008 and Adjunct Professor at Harvard University School of Public Health since 2009.

Prior to Columbia University, Dr. Zavras was at Harvard from 1999 to 2009. He was: a Lecturer at the School of Dental Medicine in 1999; an Assistant Professor of Oral Health Policy & Epidemiology at the School of Dental Medicine from 2000 to 2007; and an Associate Professor of Oral Health Policy & Epidemiology at the School of Dental Medicine and of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health from 2007 to 2009. He took a leave of absence from Harvard from 2004 – 2005 to serve as Senior Scientist at Ingenix, United HealthCare. Prior to that, he was a part time Clinical Associate in Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine from 1993 to 1996.

Dr. Zavras has an extensive record of grants and awards. Currently, he is principal investigator in an industry-funded project and co-investigator on four HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grants. He holds a patent for genetic risk assessment technology for epithelial cancer involving gene-environment interaction and has two additional patents pending. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Zavras lectures regularly nationally and internationally. He has published prolifically in some of the most prestigious high impact dental and medical journals, including 45 original research articles, 22 reviews, 13 book chapters, and over 34 published abstracts. He also serves on numerous editorial boards.

Dr. Zavras has been an active member of committees and working groups at each institution he has served. He has also served as a member and chair on dozens of national, NIH, and international committees. He has received more than a dozen scholarship, research, and professional awards and is a faculty member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, Gamma Gamma Chapter.

Dr. Zavras is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Dental Research, the International Association of Dental Research, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Human Genetics Network (HUGE NET), the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases, where he held several leadership positions, including: Executive Committee Member from 2002 to 2007; Head of the Americas from 2003 to 2004; and President from 2004 to 2005. He is also a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM).

 Publications
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  1. Zavras D, Zavras AI, Kyriopoulos II, Kyriopoulos J. Economic crisis, austerity and unmet healthcare needs: the case of Greece. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Jul 27; 16:309. PMID: 27460938.
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  2. Zavras AI, Shanmugham JR. Bisphosphonates, Osteoporosis, and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: A Critical Review of a Large Nested Case-Control Study. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2016 Jun; 16(2):136-8. PMID: 27449847.
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  3. Zavras AI. "Teeth are always in style": but increasingly, not for all. Health Serv Res. 2014 Apr; 49(2):453-9. PMID: 24673514.
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  4. Zavras AI, Rosenberg GE, Danielson JD, Cartsos VM. Adverse drug and device reactions in the oral cavity: surveillance and reporting. J Am Dent Assoc. 2013 Sep; 144(9):1014-21. PMID: 23989840.
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  5. Zavras AI, Shanmugam P, Shetty D, Dolecek TA, Kaste LM. Oral and pharyngeal cancer in women. Dent Clin North Am. 2013 Apr; 57(2):339-55. PMID: 23570809.
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  6. Koo J, Zavras A. Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during pregnancy and risk of congenital jaw and oral malformation. Oral Dis. 2013 Oct; 19(7):712-20. PMID: 23305414.
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  7. Zavras AI, Yoon AJ, Chen MK, Lin CW, Yang SF. Association between polymorphisms of DNA repair gene ERCC5 and oral squamous cell carcinoma. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2012 Nov; 114(5):624-9. PMID: 22981091.
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  8. Zavras AI. Pharmacogenetics to screen for drug-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw. Pharmacogenomics. 2012 Jul; 13(9):985-7. PMID: 22838944.
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  9. Tennis P, Rothman KJ, Bohn RL, Tan H, Zavras A, Laskarides C, Calingaert B, Anthony MS. Incidence of osteonecrosis of the jaw among users of bisphosphonates with selected cancers or osteoporosis. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2012 Aug; 21(8):810-7. PMID: 22711458.
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  10. Dangi J, Kinnunen TH, Zavras AI. Challenges in global improvement of oral cancer outcomes: findings from rural Northern India. Tob Induc Dis. 2012; 10:5. PMID: 22494988.
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  11. Nicoletti P, Cartsos VM, Palaska PK, Shen Y, Floratos A, Zavras AI. Genomewide pharmacogenetics of bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw: the role of RBMS3. Oncologist. 2012; 17(2):279-87. PMID: 22267851.
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  12. Hwang PH, Lian L, Zavras AI. Alcohol intake and folate antagonism via CYP2E1 and ALDH1: effects on oral carcinogenesis. Med Hypotheses. 2012 Feb; 78(2):197-202. PMID: 22100631.
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  13. Aggarwal P, Zavras A. Parathyroid hormone and its effects on dental tissues. Oral Dis. 2012 Jan; 18(1):48-54. PMID: 21895887.
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  14. Cartsos VM, Palaska PK, Zavras AI. Antiretroviral prophylaxis and the risk of cleft lip and palate: preliminary signal detection in the food and drug administration's adverse events reporting system database. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2012 Jan; 49(1):118-21. PMID: 21561322.
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  15. Yoon AJ, Zavras AI, Chen MK, Lin CW, Yang SF. Association between Gly1619ARG polymorphism of IGF2R domain 11 (rs629849) and advanced stage of oral cancer. Med Oncol. 2012 Jun; 29(2):682-5. PMID: 21347719.
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  16. Zavras AI. The impact of bisphosphonates on oral health: lessons from the past and opportunities for the future. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Feb; 1218:55-61. PMID: 21291477.
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  17. Zavras AI, Yoon AJ, Chen MK, Lin CW, Yang SF. Metallothionein-1 genotypes in the risk of oral squamous cell carcinoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 May; 18(5):1478-83. PMID: 21128001.
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  18. Shanmugham JR, Zavras AI, Rosner BA, Giovannucci EL. Alcohol-folate interactions in the risk of oral cancer in women: a prospective cohort study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Oct; 19(10):2516-24. PMID: 20841386.
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  19. Weng CJ, Chien MH, Lin CW, Chung TT, Zavras AI, Tsai CM, Chen MK, Yang SF. Effect of CC chemokine ligand 5 and CC chemokine receptor 5 genes polymorphisms on the risk and clinicopathological development of oral cancer. Oral Oncol. 2010 Oct; 46(10):767-72. PMID: 20729133.
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  20. Kalenderian E, Friedland B, White RR, Zavras A, Da Silva JD, Timothé P, Gallucci G, Donoff BR. A faculty group practice-driven credentialing and privileging infrastructure in a school of dental medicine. J Dent Educ. 2010 Apr; 74(4):417-22. PMID: 20388815.
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  21. Yang SF, Chen MK, Hsieh YS, Yang JS, Zavras AI, Hsieh YH, Su SC, Kao TY, Chen PN, Chu SC. Antimetastatic effects of Terminalia catappa L. on oral cancer via a down-regulation of metastasis-associated proteases. Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Apr; 48(4):1052-8. PMID: 20102732.
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  22. Palaska PK, Cartsos V, Zavras AI. Bisphosphonates and time to osteonecrosis development. Oncologist. 2009 Nov; 14(11):1154-66. PMID: 19897878.
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  23. Sim SJ, Kim HD, Moon JY, Zavras AI, Zdanowicz J, Jang SJ, Jin BH, Bae KH, Paik DI, Douglass CW. Periodontitis and the risk for non-fatal stroke in Korean adults. J Periodontol. 2008 Sep; 79(9):1652-8. PMID: 18771365.
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  24. Wessel JH, Dodson TB, Zavras AI. Zoledronate, smoking, and obesity are strong risk factors for osteonecrosis of the jaw: a case-control study. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 Apr; 66(4):625-31. PMID: 18355585.
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  25. Cartsos VM, Zhu S, Zavras AI. Bisphosphonate use and the risk of adverse jaw outcomes: a medical claims study of 714,217 people. J Am Dent Assoc. 2008 Jan; 139(1):23-30. PMID: 18167381.
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  26. Izumi R, Hurt J, Maki KC, Bell M, Zavras AI, McCamish M. Clinical predictors of glycosylated hemoglobin response to thiazolidinedione therapy. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2007 Dec; 9(6):553-61. PMID: 18034610.
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  27. Kotsinas A, Evangelou K, Sideridou M, Kotzamanis G, Constantinides C, Zavras AI, Douglass CW, Papavassiliou AG, Gorgoulis VG. The 3' UTR IGF2R-A2/B2 variant is associated with increased tumor growth and advanced stages in non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer Lett. 2008 Feb 8; 259(2):177-85. PMID: 18037232.
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  28. Griffin TJ, Cheung WS, Zavras AI, Damoulis PD. Postoperative complications following gingival augmentation procedures. J Periodontol. 2006 Dec; 77(12):2070-9. PMID: 17209793.
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  29. Maserejian NN, Giovannucci E, Rosner B, Zavras A, Joshipura K. Prospective study of fruits and vegetables and risk of oral premalignant lesions in men. Am J Epidemiol. 2006 Sep 15; 164(6):556-66. PMID: 16847039.
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  30. Zavras AI, Zhu S. Bisphosphonates are associated with increased risk for jaw surgery in medical claims data: is it osteonecrosis? J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2006 Jun; 64(6):917-23. PMID: 16713806.
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  31. Maserejian NN, Joshipura KJ, Rosner BA, Giovannucci E, Zavras AI. Prospective study of alcohol consumption and risk of oral premalignant lesions in men. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006 Apr; 15(4):774-81. PMID: 16614123.
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  32. Zavras AI, Falagas M. Letter to the editor. Tob Induc Dis. 2005; 3(1):41. PMID: 19570289.
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  33. Zavras AI. Post-marketing drug safety in the era of genomic medicine. J Dent Res. 2005 Feb; 84(2):105-6. PMID: 15668326.
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  34. Maserejian NN, Zavras AI. Genetics of tobacco use. Tob Induc Dis. 2004; 2(2):81-102. PMID: 19570274.
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  35. Brennan P, Lewis S, Hashibe M, Bell DA, Boffetta P, Bouchardy C, Caporaso N, Chen C, Coutelle C, Diehl SR, Hayes RB, Olshan AF, Schwartz SM, Sturgis EM, Wei Q, Zavras AI, Benhamou S. Pooled analysis of alcohol dehydrogenase genotypes and head and neck cancer: a HuGE review. Am J Epidemiol. 2004 Jan 1; 159(1):1-16. PMID: 14693654.
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  36. Ikonomopoulos J, Kokotas S, Gazouli M, Zavras A, Stoitsiou M, Gorgoulis VG. Molecular diagnosis of leishmaniosis in dogs. Comparative application of traditional diagnostic methods and the proposed assay on clinical samples. Vet Parasitol. 2003 Apr 18; 113(2):99-113. PMID: 12695035.
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  37. Zavras AI, Pitiphat W, Wu T, Cartsos V, Lam A, Douglass CW, Diehl SR. Insulin-like growth factor II receptor gene-167 genotype increases the risk of oral squamous cell carcinoma in humans. Cancer Res. 2003 Jan 15; 63(2):296-7. PMID: 12543777.
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  38. Zavras AI, Laskaris C, Kittas C, Laskaris G. Leukoplakia and intraoral malignancies: female cases increase in Greece. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2003 Jan; 17(1):25-7. PMID: 12602963.
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  39. Zavras AI, Vrahopoulos TP, Souliotis K, Silvestros S, Vrotsos I. Advances in oral health knowledge of Greek navy recruits and their socioeconomic determinants. BMC Oral Health. 2002 Dec 19; 2(1):4. PMID: 12489985.
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  40. Tsoli E, Zacharatos P, Dasiou-Plakida D, Peros J, Evangelou K, Zavras AI, Yannoukakos D, Konstantopoulou I, Asimacopoulos PJ, Kittas C, Gorgoulis VG. Growth index is independent of microvessel density in non-small-cell lung carcinomas. Hum Pathol. 2002 Aug; 33(8):812-8. PMID: 12203214.
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  41. Zavras AI, Tsakos G, Economou C, Kyriopoulos J. Using DEA to evaluate efficiency and formulate policy within a Greek national primary health care network. Data Envelopment Analysis. J Med Syst. 2002 Aug; 26(4):285-92. PMID: 12118812.
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  42. Zavras A, Andreopoulos N, Katsikeris N, Zavras D, Cartsos V, Vamvakidis A. Oral cancer treatment costs in Greece and the effect of advanced disease. BMC Public Health. 2002 Jul 19; 2:12. PMID: 12133170.
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  43. Petridou E, Zavras AI, Lefatzis D, Dessypris N, Laskaris G, Dokianakis G, Segas J, Douglas CW, Diehl SR, Trichopoulos D. The role of diet and specific micronutrients in the etiology of oral carcinoma. Cancer. 2002 Jun 1; 94(11):2981-8. PMID: 12115387.
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  44. Pitiphat W, Diehl SR, Laskaris G, Cartsos V, Douglass CW, Zavras AI. Factors associated with delay in the diagnosis of oral cancer. J Dent Res. 2002 Mar; 81(3):192-7. PMID: 11876274.
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  45. Zavras AI, Wu T, Laskaris G, Wang YF, Cartsos V, Segas J, Lefantzis D, Joshipura K, Douglass CW, Diehl SR. Interaction between a single nucleotide polymorphism in the alcohol dehydrogenase 3 gene, alcohol consumption and oral cancer risk. Int J Cancer. 2002 Feb 1; 97(4):526-30. PMID: 11802217.
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  46. Zavras AI, Douglass CW, Joshipura K, Wu T, Laskaris G, Petridou E, Dokianakis G, Segas J, Lefantzis D, Nomikos P, Wang YF, Diehl SR. Smoking and alcohol in the etiology of oral cancer: gender-specific risk profiles in the south of Greece. Oral Oncol. 2001 Jan; 37(1):28-35. PMID: 11120480.
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  47. Zavras AI, Gypson B. High-quality research and patient care: an overview of clinical trials. J Am Dent Assoc. 2000 Aug; 131(8):1147-55. PMID: 10953529.
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  48. Zavras AI, Edelstein BL, Vamvakidis A. Health care savings from microbiological caries risk screening of toddlers: a cost estimation model. J Public Health Dent. 2000; 60(3):182-8. PMID: 11109216.
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  49. Zervou C, Kugel G, Leone C, Zavras A, Doherty EH, White GE. Enameloplasty effects on microleakage of pit and fissure sealants under load: an in vitro study. J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2000; 24(4):279-85. PMID: 11314412.
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  50. Zervou C, Doherty EH, Zavras A, White GE. An in vitro study of microleakage of pit and fissure sealants in the presence of occlusal forces. J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2000; 24(4):273-8. PMID: 11314411.
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  51. Karatzas S, Zavras A, Greenspan D, Amar S. Histologic observations of periodontal wound healing after treatment with PerioGlas in nonhuman primates. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 1999 Oct; 19(5):489-99. PMID: 10709515.
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  52. Zavras AI, al-Bultan T, Jackson A, White G. Exposure to passive smoking and other predictors of reduced nasal volume in children 7 to 12 years old. J Clin Pediatr Dent. 1997; 21(4):295-303. PMID: 9484115.
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  53. Zavras AI, White GE, Rich A, Jackson AC. Acoustic rhinometry in the evaluation of children with nasal or oral respiration. J Clin Pediatr Dent. 1994; 18(3):203-10. PMID: 8054306.
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  54. Theofanatos GD, Zavras AI, Turner IM. Periodontal considerations in the treatment of maxillary impacted cuspids. J Clin Pediatr Dent. 1994; 18(4):245-52. PMID: 7811654.
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