Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Interdisciplinary Education, Health Sciences
  • Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD, is associate vice chancellor for the office of interdisciplinary education and professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery. In his associate vice chancellor role, he collaborates with the senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and other members of senior leadership to build a framework that enables greater collaboration among the six health sciences schools.

The chief of pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and a surgeon with the Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Dr. Costello earned his doctorates in dentistry and medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery followed by a craniofacial fellowship at the Posnick Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dr. Costello has served in leadership positions with a number of professional societies and foundations. He is a vice president on the board of directors of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is past president of the American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Costello has been principal and co-investigator on multiple grants and research contracts, including Novel Synthetic Bone Craniofacial Regeneration, funded by the Department of Defense, and Bone Tissue Engineering Using Natural Materials, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the National Science Foundation. He has also been an investigator on studies that evaluate tissue adhesives and the pathology causing craniosynostosis. He is an author on numerous peer-reviewed publications and an editor and contributor to many texts focused on pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery. Dr. Costello regularly lectures internationally on pediatric and adult facial differences and craniofacial regenerative translational research.