Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD

  • Dean, School of Dental Medicine
  • Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD, serves as the dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is chief of pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and a surgeon with the Cleft and Craniofacial Center. He is also codirector of the Dentofacial Interdisciplinary Team and fellowship director of the Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery program at the School of Dental Medicine.

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. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as vice president of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, and is past president of the American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons. 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 a number of 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 deformities and craniofacial regenerative translational research.