University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dentistry Dean Welcome Receptions

Meet the Dean

Gerard "Gerry" Kugel, DMD, PhD

Gerard “Gerry” Kugel, DMD, PhD, became dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry on September 18, 2023.

Dr. Kugel has served as associate dean for research and professor of comprehensive care at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, maintains a private dental practice, and has helped develop a curriculum for a new dental school. He has extensive expertise in clinical research and esthetic dentistry.

Among his professional activities, Dr. Kugel serves as a reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Dental Materials, The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. He also is a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Dental Materials.

Dr. Kugel received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University in 1985 and his PhD in dental materials in 2004 from the University of Siena, Italy. He also has a master’s degree in anatomy and cellular biology from Tufts, and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Kugel has published more than 200 articles and more than 300 abstracts in the field of restorative materials and techniques. He also has given more than 400 lectures both nationally and internationally.

Upcoming Events

Reception at the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention

Alumni Reception at the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention

Thursday, January 18, 2024
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Henry’s Tavern
500 16th Street, Suite 184B
Denver, CO 80202

RSVP Online 

Reception in Omaha

Details coming soon!

Reception in Scottsbluff

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Scottsbluff Country Club
5014 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE

UNMC Chancellor, Jeffery P. Gold, MD, and Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, RN, the new dean of the UNMC College of Nursing will also be in attendance.

Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served. 

RSVP by Wednesday, March 13th. Details for this are coming soon.

Past Events

The following welcome receptions were held for alumni and friends to meet Dr. Kugel:

  • November 15, 2023, in Hastings, hosted by Jessica Meeske, DDS & Todd Pankratz, MD in their home.
  • November 16, 2023, in Kearney, with special guest, Brad Britigan, MD, dean of the College of Medicine.