Patricia Corby, DDS, MS

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Trials Development and Operations

Patricia Corby, DDS, MS, is the inaugural associate vice chancellor for clinical trials development and operations, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences. In collaboration with leadership across the University, Dr. Corby develops strategies and infrastructure to strengthen the ability of Pitt Health Sciences faculty to obtain increasingly competitive clinical research awards from both traditional and emerging sponsors and assists with study design and grant applications for multicenter and large-scale projects. She also cultivates dynamic and synergistic relationships between and among clinicians, faculty, researchers, industry partners and others to establish and maximize discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship across Pitt Health Sciences.

Dr. Corby holds a primary appointment as associate professor of radiation oncology in the School of Medicine and a secondary appointment as professor of periodontics and preventive dentistry in the School of Dental Medicine, where she additionally serves as a senior advisor for clinical and translational research. Prior to joining Pitt in 2023, Dr. Corby served as associate dean of translational research at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), School of Dental Medicine (PDM) and associate professor of oral medicine. She also directed PDM’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research, where she spearheaded a significant expansion of clinical and translational extramural support. In addition, Dr Corby held a secondary appointment as associate professor of radiation oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center, UPenn School of Medicine.

Prior to Penn, Dr. Corby held various appointments at New York University (NYU), including associate professor of periodontics and implants at the College of Dentistry and associate professor of radiation oncology and population health at the School of Medicine (2015-2019). During this same period, she also served as director of clinical research operations and led the Center for Large Scale Clinical Studies for NYU Langone Health. Earlier in her NYU tenure, she led the College of Dentistry’s Translational Research Center (formerly the Bluestone Center), which supports investigators conducting Phase I-IV medical and dental clinical trials both within and outside the University.

Dr. Corby earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Fundação Tricordiana de Educacao and completed her residency in periodontics and implant dentistry from Universidade Paulista’s Instituto de Ciencias da Saude, both in Brazil. From 1998-2002, Pat served as assistant professor in the Department of Dental Public Health at Pitt’s School of Dental Medicine. She then went on to earn her MS in biomedical informatics from Pitt Med and complete postdoctoral training in molecular biology and microbial genetics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Pat’s research focuses on the value of integrating medical and dental services in different health care and public health settings to prevent systemic complications in populations with unmet oral health needs and associated chronic diseases.