Marnie Oakley, DMD

  • Dean, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Marnie Oakley, DMD, is dean at the School of Dental Medicine. After earning her DMD from Pitt in 1992, she served an active duty, four-year tour as a dental officer in the United States Navy. She returned to Pitt in 1996 as a clinical assistant professor and since then has steadily taken on roles of increasing leadership. She is the school’s vice dean and associate dean for clinical affairs and former chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care.

Among her many contributions, Dr. Oakley was responsible for the development and implementation of the School of Dental Medicine Comprehensive Care program, which provides patients with oral health treatments that ensure that their dental care contributes to their overall health and prioritizes their most important medical needs. She served as chair of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session Planning Committee for two consecutive years, for which she received a citation from the ADEA president.

As a graduate fellow of the ADEA’s Leadership Institute, Dr. Oakley was an officer in several ADEA committees and groups. She is a senior consultant for the Academy of Advancing Leadership, where she offers one-on-one consulting services and seminars on various leadership topics to academicians across the country. Dr. Oakley maintains membership in numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, Dental Society of Western Pennsylvania, Omicron Kappa Upsilon and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Oakley facilitates leadership training at a national level across dental education. She has gained an international reputation in dental education as a speaker, consultant to other schools, and mentor with the ADEA’s leadership programs.