The Department of Oral Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania aims to fulfill the missions of education, scholarship, and clinical / outreach services while achieving eminence globally. Penn Oral Medicine has trained and educated individuals who have achieved both clinical and academic success in the specialty. The program has been in existence for over sixty years and several oral medicine pioneers at Penn were influential in its development, including Dr. Lester Burket, Dr. Vernon J. Brightman, Dr. S. Gary Cohen, Dr. Irwin Ship, Dr. Malcolm Lynch and Dr. Martin S. Greenberg. The department mission to educate pre-doctoral and graduate dental students in the highest quality clinical and research environment is congruent with the guiding principles of Penn Dental Medicine and the Penn Compact 2020: Inclusion, Innovation, and Impact. The standing faculty is composed of internationally recognized experts in their respective disciplines. They are positioned within the department to maintain their expertise while developing their knowledge and educating the next generation of students, residents and fellows while serving the needs of the populations they serve.