Dr. Robert GASSNER
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Cleft Palate Craniofacial Center, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Laboratory
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Associate Professor, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Innsbruck (sabbatical from tenured position)
Prof. Dr. Robert Gassner, a native of Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria, received his medical and dental training at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Following three years of residency in general and transplant surgery under Raimund Margreiter, including six months of general traumatology, he entered the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery under Ernst Waldhart in 1991. Having aquired exceptional surgical training he strongly supports the importance of excellent research and science. Dr. Gassner established a database of craniomaxillofacial trauma in Innsbruck reflecting to date more than 10,000 cases. Numerous clinical articles confirm his experience in this field.
Prof. Dr. Robert Gassner joined the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, faculty in late 1997 and accepted his current positions in the autumn of 2000. Besides his clinical workload at the Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Cleft Palate Craniofacial Center, which includes patient treatment in- and outside the operating room, and teaching 320 dental students and 12 oral and maxillofacial surgery residents, Dr. Gassner conducts clinical and basic science research as it relates to oral and maxillofacial surgery. Supported by several NIH-funded grants in cartilage matrix formation and bone cell generation and collaborations with co-investigators, the work in the Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Laboratory especially focuses on mechanical signaling and its effects on bone, cartilage, muscle, TMJ, and periodontal ligament cells during tissue turnover, regeneration and wound healing.