American Academy of Periodontology names Dr. Effie Ioannidou Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Periodontology (JOP) and Clinical Advances in Periodontics (CAP)

Tomorrow, Dr. Effie Ioannidou officially assumes her position as EIC of JOP and CAP.

CHICAGO– June 30, 2023- Clinician scientist and leader Dr. Effie Ioannidou has been selected by the American Academy of Periodontology as the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) and Clinical Advances in Periodontics (CAP). Dr. Ioannidou will rely on the strong foundation retired EIC Dr. Kenneth Kornman established for both journals while contributing a fresh, innovative perspective to AAP’s esteemed publications.

When searching for a new Editor-in-Chief, the Academy interviewed many impressive candidates. The goal was to choose a person who possesses not only the ideal experience and knowledge, but also something extra that schooling and work experience do not always give you—passion, enthusiasm, and a commitment to constant growth. Dr. Ioannidou is an individual who possesses all of these qualities.

Dr. Ioannidou has a diverse educational background, having studied in both Greece and the United States. She earned her DDS at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, and completed her Master of Dental Science degree and her periodontal training at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). She has been a faculty member of UCONN School of Dental Medicine since 2002, and currently serves as professor and interim chair of the Division of Periodontology. Something that many individuals can easily notice about Dr. Ioannidou as they get to know her is the desire to continue her growth at an upward trajectory. This desire has led Dr. Ioannidou to be selected as chair of the Department of Orofacial Sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she will begin her term on Aug. 1, 2023.

Being involved in multiple areas has allowed Dr. Ioannidou to make a positive impact on the field of periodontics. She is currently the president-elect of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) and director of the Dental Clinical Research Center at UCONN Health, and she was associate editor of JDR Clinical & Translational Research from 2017 through mid-2023.

Dr. Ioannidou states, “I am thrilled to be joining the teams of Journal of Periodontology and Clinical Advances in Periodontics. JOP has an incredible long history, while CAP has become a competitive clinical journal in periodontology and implant dentistry. I am deeply passionate about scientific publishing, peer reviewing, and knowledge dissemination to improve oral and systemic health for the public. In the current complex scientific ecosystem, JOP and CAP owe to the AAP membership to remain relevant while promoting high-quality papers. The Journal of Periodontology has a remarkable history, with its establishment dating back to 1930 and its first Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Grace Rogers Spalding, named in 1933. Being appointed as the Editor-in-Chief as JOP approaches its centennial celebration is a great honor!”

Aside from her extensive past experiences and knowledge, Dr. Ioannidou brings a deep passion for scientific publishing and knowledge dissemination to the position of EIC. In outlining her vision for the AAP’s journals during the interview process, she demonstrated a firm commitment to helping researchers understand that clinical relevance is what makes scientific work significant and underscored her philosophy that the core priority of the AAP’s journals is to improve the oral and systemic health of the public.

AAP President Dr. David Okano adds, “The AAP’s previous Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Kenneth Kornman left some pretty big shoes to fill upon his retirement, but that’s why I’m so excited to welcome Dr. Effie Ioannidou to the team. Her experiences and insight will help us usher in a new era for the AAP’s journals, and I have every confidence that Dr. Ioannidou is the perfect person to lead this endeavor.”

Upcoming issues of JOP and CAP will elaborate more on this new era for the AAP’s journals.


About the American Academy of Periodontology 
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents nearly 7,500 periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of 12 dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.