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R. L. MacNeil, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc.

Professor of Craniofacial Sciences, Division of General Dentistry
Academic Office Location:
Dental Dean's Office
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3915
Phone: 860-679-2808
Fax: 860-679-1330

School of Dental Medicine

Dr. MacNeil became dean of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 2006. Dr. MacNeil is the 6th dean in the school's history, and was the first to be chosen from within the ranks of the dental school. Dr. MacNeil received a dental degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a certificate of advanced training in periodontics from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, and a Master of Dental Science degree from the UConn Graduate School. He has held academic positions at four dental schools; Dalhousie, Indiana University, the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut. His research has led to more than 25 publications, primarily focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating tooth development, periodontal wound healing and tissue regeneration. Dr. MacNeil is a consultant on curriculum to the Commission on Dental Accreditation and was a member of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations from 2001-2005 serving as chair of the commission in 2004-05. He joined the dental school in 1998 as an associate professor in the Department of Periodontology, attained the rank of professor in 2002 and has served as vice dean since 2005. Dr. MacNeil's career has not been limited to academics and administration. He was in full-time, private general dentistry practice for six years before pursuing advanced and graduate training at UConn, and his experience in private practice provide a strong understanding of the many professional challenges dental students face upon graduation and dental school alumni currently confront.

B.S.St. Francis Xavier UniversityBiology
D.D.S.Dalhousie UniversityDentistry
M.Dent.Sc.University of Connecticut School of Dental MedicineDentistry
CertificateUniversity of Connecticut School of Dental MedicinePeriodontics

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Honorary FellowPierre Fauchard Academy
FellowInternational College of Dentists
The Horace Wells Club (Honorary Member)
FellowAmerican College of Dentists
Fellow AADS Leadership Institute
Summer Program Fellow AADS
William B. Clark Fellowship in Clinical Research AADR
OKU National Honor Society
Faculty Development Teaching AwardUniversity of Michigan
Balint Orban Memorial Prize AAP
Graduate Research Award UCHC
Training Award (Periodontology) U.S. P.H.S.
Dr. Frank Woodbury Memorial Prize (Academics), Dr. Frank Woodbury Memorial Prize (Clinical Practice) and the Dr. John W. Dobson Memorial Prize (Overall Achievement)Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Connecticut Health Improvement Planning CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalState2013
Bioscience Connecticut Health Disparities Institute Board of Directors Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalState2013
ADEA Council of DeansProfessional/Scientific OrganizationChair ElectExternalNational20122013
UConn School of Nursing Dean Search Committee Advisory CommitteeCommittee ChairUConn HealthUniversity20122013
UCHC Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity Search Committee Advisory CommitteeCommittee ChairUConn HealthUniversity2012
UCHC Executive Vice-President Search Committee Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2012
UCHC AVP-Human Resources Search CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2011
American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Task Force on the Education of Oral Health Professionals in Emerging ModelsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20102011
ADEA Administrative BoardProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2010
ADEA Council of DeansProfessional/Scientific OrganizationSecretary, Member-At-Large ExternalNational20102012
John Dempsey Hospital Director Search CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2010
ADEA Annual Session Planning CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20092012
U.S. Deans Institute Administrative BoardProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2009
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, NIDCR R-25 Curriculum Grant; P.I. John Rugh PhD Advisory CommitteeExternal ReviewerExternalState2008
Grantee Meeting and Conference Planning Committee, Connecticut Health Foundation Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalState20062008
ADEA Section on Academic AffairsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationChair-ElectExternalNational2006
ADA/CODA Self Study/Accreditation Committee (SDM) Education CommitteeCommittee ChairUConn HealthUniversity20062008
UCHC Malcolm Baldridge Planning Group-Leadership Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2006
UCHC Health Informatics Advisory CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2006
UCHC MusculoSkeletal Institute Leadership Council (UCHC)Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2006
Key Elements for Success in Community-Based Dental Education Programs Annual ADEA Session, Orlando, FL Professional/Scientific OrganizationSymposium Organizer and PresenterExternalNational2006
ADEA Section on Academic AffairsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationSecretaryExternalNational20052006
ADA Joint Commission on National ExaminationsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationChairExternalNational20052005
2020 Vision, HK&A sub-committee for Education Research (UCHC) Education CommitteeCommittee ChairUConn HealthUniversity20052006
Search Committee for Department Head-Craniofacial Sciences (SDM)Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2005
UCHC Signature Program Budget Committee (UCHC) Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2005
Search Committee: Endowed Chair in Community Medicine Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2005
Search Committee: Academic VP Health Informatics Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2005
American College of Dentists Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2003
Search Committee for Dean for Community Outreach (SDM)Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2003
Profession and Practice Committee (SDM)Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2003
Team Clinic Task ForceAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2003
ADA Commission on Dental AccreditationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationConsultantExternalNational2002
Department of Periodontology (SDM) Education CommitteeInterim HeadUConn HealthUniversity20022003
Pipeline Steering Committee (SDM) Education CommitteeMemberOtherUniversity20022004
Pipeline Faculty Working Group (SDM) Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity20022004
21st Century UConn (Education Committee) (UCHC)Education CommitteeMemberOtherUniversity2002
Student Recommendation Committee (SDM)Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2002
American Dental Association Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2001
Connecticut State Dental Association Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState2001
Hartford County Dental Society Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalLocal2001
Journal of Dental Education Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational2001
ADA Joint Commission on National Examinations Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20012005
T-32 Training Grant Oversight Committee (SDM) Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2001
Connecticut Health Signature Program Steering CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2001
Curriculum Management Committee Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2000
Compensation Committee (SDM)Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2000
American Institute for Biological Sciences Professional/Scientific OrganizationGrants reviewerExternalInternational19992001
Academic Performance Committees (SDM): Year 1-4Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity1999
Competencies Committee (SDM)Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity1999
ADA/CODA Self Study/Accreditation Committee (SDM)Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity19992001
Scientific Advisory Committee–General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity19992001
Dental Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee (SDM) Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity19992001
Predoctoral Academic Affairs Committee (PAAC)Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity19982001
Task Force for Curriculum Review and RevisionEducation CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity19982000
Advanced Dental and Graduate Education Committee (SDM) Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity19982001
Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUDE) Education CommitteeMemberExternalUniversity1998
Committee of Department Heads/Executive Committee (SDM) Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity1998
Executive Committee of Dental Staff (SDM) Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity1998
Electives and Externships Committee (SDM)Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity1998
Curriculum Operating Committee (School of Medicine)Education CommitteeMemberOtherUniversity1998
Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education (School of Medicine)Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity1998
Health Science Education Center Advisory Committee Advisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity19982006
Periodontal Literature Reviews Editorial BoardReview Board and Section EditorExternalNational19961999
The American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, "Partners in Practice" Clinical Research NetworkProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational19961998
IADR meeting (San Francisco)(Seq. #18, Periodontal Regeneration) Professional/Scientific OrganizationSession Chair ExternalNational1996
U.S.-Israel Bi-national Science Foundation (BSF) Professional/Scientific OrganizationGrants reviewerExternalInternational19961998
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honorary Society Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1995
American Association of Dental Schools/ADEA Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1994
Journal of PeriodontologyEditorial BoardReviewerExternalNational1994
American Association for the Advancement of Science Professional/Scientific JournalMemberExternalNational1991
International Association of Dental ResearchProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational1991
Midwest Society of Periodontology Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalRegional19901998
Indiana Society of PeriodontistsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationSecretary-TreasurerExternalState19901991
Archives of Oral Biology Professional/Scientific JournalAd Hoc ReviewerExternalNational19891998
Comparative Biochemistry and PhysiologyProfessional/Scientific JournalAd Hoc ReviewerExternalNational19891998
Journal of Dental Research Professional/Scientific JournalAd Hoc ReviewerExternalNational19891998
American Association of Dental Research Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1986
American Academy of PeriodontologyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1986
Nova Scotia Dental Association, Professional Development Committee Professional/Scientific OrganizationChairExternalState19851986
Executive Council, Nova Scotia Dental AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState19851986
Nova Scotia Dental Association, Professional Development Committee Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState19831985
Nova Scotia Dental Association Professional/Scientific JournalMemberExternalState19801986
Canadian Dental Association Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational19761986
2020 Vision Working Group-Education (UCHC)Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2005

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Promises and uncertainties in regeneration of oral tissues. Vol. 34
    Somerman MJ, Wang H-L, MacNeil R.L. Distraction Osteogenesis and Tissue Engineering. Craniofacial Growth Series 1998 Jan;199-224
  • Osteopontin is localized and expressed at specific sites during tooth eruption.
    MacNeil RL, Strayhorn C, Berry J, Bautista DS, Harris J, Chambers A and Somerman MJ. Biological Mechanisms of Tooth Movement and Craniofacial Adaptation 1996 Jan;123-131
  • The role of epithelium in the developing and adult periodontium.
    Thomas HF, MacNeil RL and Haydenblit R. Biological Mechanisms of Tooth Eruption, Resorption, and Replacement by Implants 1994 Jan;317-323

Conference Papers

  • Characterization of the apical papilla and its residing stem cells from human immature permanent teeth: a pilot study.
    Sonoyama, Wataru; Liu, Yi; Yamaza, Takayoshi; Tuan, Rocky S; Wang, Songlin; Shi, Songtao; Huang, George T-J Journal of endodontics 2008 Feb;34(2):166-71
  • Prostanoids induce egr1 gene expression in cementoblastic OCCM cells.
    Pham, L; Bezouglaia, O; Camargo, P M; Nervina, J M; Tetradis, S Journal of periodontal research 2007 Oct;42(5):486-93
  • Effect of enamel matrix derivative on collagen guided tissue regeneration-based root coverage procedure.
    Trabulsi, Manal; Oh, Tae-Ju; Eber, Robert; Weber, Daniel; Wang, Hom-Lay Journal of periodontology 2004 Nov;75(11):1446-57
  • Introduction and initial assessment of a community-based mentoring program to augment an intramural curriculum
    MacNeil RL 2000 Jan;
  • Issues to be considered in the development of predoctoral community-based education programs
    MacNeil RL 2000 Jan;
  • Evaluation of bioactive glass alloplast in treating periodontal infrabony defects
    Ong MMA, Eber R, Korsnes MI, MacNeil RL, Shyr YU, Wang H-L 1998 Jan;77(Sp. Is. B):1166
  • A 'furcal chamber' wound healing model
    MacNeil RL, Strayhorn CL, Maiz C, Somerman MJ, Wang H-L 1997 Jan;76(Sp. Is.):3443
  • An emerging controversy: Is the cementoblast a unique cell type or an osteoblast variant?
    MacNeil RL, D'Errico JA, Ouyang HJ, Berry J, Strayhorn C, Somerman MJ 1997 Jan;
  • Clinical evaluation of bioactive glass particles in treating periodontal infrabony defects
    Ong MMA, Korsnes MI, Eber R, MacNeil RL, Wang H-L 1997 Jan;
  • Immortalized cells from root tissues express both PDL and cementoblast phenotypes
    D'Errico JA, Berry J, MacNeil RL, Ouyang HJ, Strayhorn C, Somerman MJ 1997 Jan;
  • Isolation, characterization, and immortalization of cementoblasts in vitro
    D'Errico JA, MacNeil RL, Takata T, Berry J, Strayhorn C, Somerman MJ 1997 Jan;76(Sp. Is):2025
  • Factors affecting the healing response of intrabony defects following guided tissue regeneration and access flap surgery.
    Tonetti, M S; Prato, G P; Cortellini, P Journal of clinical periodontology 1996 Jun;23(6):548-56
  • Cervical enamel projections in mandibular molar roots
    Mandelaris GA, Wang H-L, MacNeil RL, Shyr Y, O'Neal RB 1996 Jan;75(Sp. Is):1557
  • The cementoblast, a positional osteoblast?
    D'Errico JA, MacNeil RL, Takata T, Berry J, Strayhorn C, Ritchie H, Butler WT, Somerman MJ 1996 Jan;
  • An evaluation of ultrasonic scalers in periodontal maintenance therapy
    Mandelaris GA, O'Neal RB, Shyr Y, MacNeil RL, Wang H-l 1995 Jan;7493.961
  • Commercially prepared allograft material has regenerative activity in vitro
    Shigeyama Y, D'Errico J, Stone R, MacNeil RL, Somerman MJ 1995 Jan;74371
  • Evidence that PDL cells have regenerative potential
    Nohutcu R, MacNeil RL, McCauley L, Strayhorn C, Berry J, D'Errico J, Somerman MJ 1995 Jan;7493
  • Expression of bone sialoprotein, osteocalcin, osteopontin and collagen type I during tooth root development
    D'Errico J, MacNeil RL, Berry J, Strayhorn C, Somerman MJ 1995 Jan;
  • Expression of osteopontin, bone sialoprotein and collagen types I and XII during later stages of tooth-root development
    MacNeil RL, Berry J, Strayhorn C, Piotrowski B, D'Errico J, Somerman MJ 1995 Jan;
  • Role of adhesion proteins in development and regeneration of periodontal tissues
    Somerman MJ, MacNeil RL, Nohutcu R, McCauley L, Berry J, Strayhorn C, D'Errico J 1995 Jan;
  • Cementogenesis and formation of the periodonal ligament
    D'Errico JA, MacNeil RL, Strayhorn C and Somerman MJ 1994 Jan;
  • Phenotypic characterization of dental mesenchymal cells: expression of osteoblast-like markers during root development
    D'Errico JA, MacNeil RL, Berry JE, Strayhorn C, Somerman MJ 1994 Jan;
  • State of the art on factors/cells regulating cementogenesis. KeyNote Topic
    Somerman MJ, Berry J, D'Errico J, MacNeil RL, Strayhorn C 1994 Jan;
  • The role of osteopontin in cell attachment and tooth development
    Somerman MJ, MacNeil RL, D'Errico JA, Berry JE, Shigeyama Y, Strayhorn C 1994 Jan;
  • Use of growth factors in periodontal regeneration
    MacNeil RL, Rutherford RB, Charette M 1994 Jan;
  • Effect of NSAID's on PDL-cell mediated collagen lattice contraction
    MacNeil RL, Strayhorn C, Somerman MJ 1993 Jan;72332
  • Expression of BSP in the mature and developing tooth
    MacNeil RL, Sheng N, Somerman MJ 1993 Jan;72319
  • Interaction of endothelial cells with a laminin A chain peptide (SIKVAV) in vitro and induction of angiogenic behavior in vivo.
    Grant, D S; Kinsella, J L; Fridman, R; Auerbach, R; Piasecki, B A; Yamada, Y; Zain, M; Kleinman, H K Journal of cellular physiology 1992 Dec;153(3):614-25
  • Cementum: development, maintenance and regeneration
    Somerman MJ, MacNeil RL 1992 Jan;
  • Cell attachment activity of cementum: bone sialoprotein II identified in cementum.
    Somerman, M J; Sauk, J J; Foster, R A; Norris, K; Dickerson, K; Argraves, W S Journal of periodontal research 1991 Jan;26(1):10-6
  • The effect of various sharpening stones on periodontal curettes
    Colligan J, Hancock EB, MacNeil RL 1991 Jan;
  • Expression of attachment proteins during cementogenesis.
    Somerman, M J; Shroff, B; Agraves, W S; Morrison, G; Craig, A M; Denhardt, D T; Foster, R A; Sauk, J J Journal de biologie buccale 1990 Sep;18(3):207-14
  • Effect of stannous fluoride dentifrice on plaque and gingivitis
    Patters M, Boudreau A, MacNeil RL, Toporoff D, Clive C, Trummel C 1989 Jan;681619
  • The role of epithelium in murine cementogenesis
    MacNeil RL, Thomas HF 1989 Jan;68179
  • The role of basement membrane in murine cementogenesis
    MacNeil RL, Thomas HF J Dent Res 1989 Jan;68791


  • Practice Location.
    MacNeil, R L Journal of the American Dental Association (1939) 2016 Feb;147(2):80
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Mechanisms to Maintain Relevancy and Currency of the National Board ExaminationsTalkMeeting of US Dental Deans2005Fort Lauderdale, FL
Update on the National Dental Board ExaminationTalkNational Dental Examiner’s Advisory Forum2005Chicago IL
Dental Education, National Boards and the Licensure Process TalkDistrict I new England/ADA Caucus2005Westford, MA
The Role of the National Board on Dental Examinations in Curriculum ChangeTalkADEA Forum on the Pre-doctoral Curriculum2004Washington DC
The Role of the Dental School in Community and Public HealthTalk4th Annual Connecticut Oral Health Conference2001Southington CT
Development and Regeneration of the Periodontium: Parallels and Contrasts.TalkCollege of Dentistry, University of Kentucky1998Lexington, KY
An Emerging Controversy: Is the Cementoblast a Unique Cell Type or an Osteoblast Variant?TalkVIth International Conference on Tooth Morphogenesis and Differentiation1997Goteborg, Sweden
Models and Strategies to Study CementogenesisTalkUniversity of Maryland Dental School1997Baltimore, MD
Investigational Models and Strategies to Study Periodontal Wound Healing TalkOral Biology Seminar Series1996New York, NY
Proteins Associated with Mineralized Tissue Formation: Specific Expression during Root Development and Tooth Eruption Talk2nd International Conference on Tooth Movement and Cranio-facial Adaptation 1995Danvers, MA
Clinical Perspectives on Periodontal Regeneration TalkAtrix Laboratories Inc.1995Fort Collins, CO
Periodontal Regeneration: Future ProspectsTalkCollege of Dentistry, University of Kentucky1995Lexington, KY
Cementogenisis: Evidence for Epithelio-Mesenchymal InteractionsTalkUniversite de Montreal1995Montreal, Que.
From the Lab Bench to Chairside: Clinical Application of Research Findings in the Field of Periodontal RegenerationTalkFaculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University1995Halifax, Nova Scotia
Use of Growth Factors in Periodontal RegenerationTalkFDI-World Dental Congress1994Vancouver, B.C., Canada
PreProsthetic Periodontal ProceduresTalkDetroit Dental Clinic Club1991Detroit, MI
Periodontal Development and RegenerationTalkUniversity of Michigan School of Dentistry1991Ann Arbor, MI
Periodontics UpdateTalkHealthScan, An Indiana University Radio Production1990Indianapolis, IN
Odontogenic Epithelium and Development of the Periodontal LigamentTalkOhio State University School of Dentistry1989Columbus, OH
Current Strategies to Study Periodontal RegenerationTalkMcGill University School of Dentistry1988Montreal, Que.
Can Developmental Models be used to Study Regenerative Mechanisms?TalkVirginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry1988Richmond, VA