Joseph Vincent Califano, DDS, PhD

  • Professor of Periodontics, School of Dentistry


Joseph V. Califano, D.D.S, Ph.D. is a professor and periodontist dedicated to providing compassionate and excellent periodontal and dental implant care and inspiring OHSU dental students and residents to share his passion for improving their patients’ oral health and ensuring their comfort.   

As a member of the OHSU Dental Faculty Practice, Dr. Califano specializes in the treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases and the surgical placement of dental implants. Available treatment for periodontal (gum) disease includes both non-surgical and surgical/regenerative therapies.

Dr. Califano is a member of OHSU’s School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology. He serves as the School’s Director of Pre-Doctoral Periodontology and has, along with his OHSU colleagues, developed an educational program in Computer Guided Implant Dentistry for both pre-doctoral students and dental residents in Periodontics.

Dr. Califano’s research interests include the pathogenesis and immunopathology of periodontitis, aggressive forms of periodontitis, microbial genetics of periodontitis associated bacteria, and computer guided implant dentistry. He has authored 27 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally on these topics.

In addition, Dr. Califano is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and currently serves as a Director on the Board. He joined the OHSU School of Dentistry in 2014 after serving on the dental faculty for over 20 years at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and East Carolina University.


  • D.D.S., 1984, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ph.D., 1990, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Residency:

    • Certificate in Periodontics, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1991
  • Certifications:

    • Certificate of Periodontics, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1991

Memberships and associations

  • Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology


Selected publications

  • Davis, C.E., Serio, F.G., Califano, J.V.: Guidelines for Motivating and Assisting Patients with Smoking Cessation in Dental Settings. Clinical Advances in Periodontics. 4(4) 263-273, 2014
  • Califano, J.V., Rosenfeld, A., Mandelaris, G.: A Logical and Progressive Approach to Computed Tomography-Guided Implantology. Clinical Advances in Periodontics. 2(4) 264-273, 2012 
  • Yashar, N., Engeland, C., Rosenfeld, A.L., Walsh, T.P., Califano, J.V.:  Radiographic considerations for the regional anatomy in the posterior mandible.  J. Periodontol. 83(1) 36-42, 2012 
  • Engeland, C., Jang, W.P., Alves , M., Marucha, P.T., Califano, J.V..: HIV Infection and Tooth Loss. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 105(3):321-6, 2008
  • Salzberg, T.N., Overstreet, B.T., Rogers, J.D., Califano, J.V., Best, A.M.,  Schenkein, H.A.:  C-Reactive protein levels in patients with aggressive periodontitis.  J. Periodontol. 77(6):933-9, 2006
  • Diehl, S.R., Tianxia, W., Michalowicz, B.S., Best, A.M., Brooks, C.N., Califano, J.V., Burmeister, J.A.,  Schenkein, H.A.:  Quantitative measures of periodontitis show substantial heritability and consistency with traditional diagnoses.  J. Periodontol. 76(2):279-288, 2005
  • Califano, J.V. Position Paper American Academy of Periodontology “Periodontal diseases of children and adolescents”. Pediatric Dentistry. 27(7suppl):189-196, 2005
  • Califano, J.V., Chou, D., Lewis, J.P., Rogers, J.D., Best, A.M., Schenkein, H.A.:  Antibody reactive with Porphyromonas gingivalis hemagglutinin in chronic and generalized aggressive periodontitis.  J. Periodont. Res. 39:263-268, 2004 
  • Diehl, S.R., Tianxia, W., Burmeister, J.A., Califano, J.V., Brooks, C.N., Tew, J.G., Schenkein, H.A.:  Evidence of a substantial genetic basis for IgG2 levels in families with early-onset aggressive periodontitis. J. Dent. Res. 82(9):708-712, 2003 
  • Califano, J.V., Arimoto, T., Kitten, T.:  The genetic relatedness of Porphyromonas gingivalis clinical and laboratory strains assessed by analysis of insertion sequence (IS) element distribution.  J. Periodont. Res. 38:411-416, 2003


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