Flavia Pirih, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of the Pre-doctoral Program in the Section of Periodontics
(310) 825-6486
(310) 206-3282
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  63-015 CHS


Dr. Flavia Q. Pirih is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Pre-doctoral program in the Section of Periodontics. She has also has an appointment in the Section of Oral Radiology in the Division of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences.

Dr. Pirih received her DDS degree from the Universidade Federal do Parana in Brazil, and went onto obtain a PhD in Oral Biology at UCLA. Following her doctorate, she received a master’s degree and a residency certificate in Periodontics from the University of Michigan. She also experienced further research training as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. In 2009, Dr. Pirih became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. She is currently the Director of Pre-doctoral Periodontics program at UCLA and teaches at the pre- and post-graduate levels.

Dr. Pirih sees patients in the UCLA Periodontics and Implant Surgery Faculty Practice. She provides comprehensive periodontal and surgical implant services

Educational & Professional Background

  • DDS, Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil, 1999

  • PhD, Oral Biology, UCLA, 2006

  • certificate and MS in Periodontics, University of Michigan, 2009

  • Postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Laurie K. McCauley, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 2006-2009

Research & Interests

Dr. Pirih’s research focuses on the understanding of the basic and clinical aspects of periodontitis and peri-implantitis, with the ultimate goal of developing new strategies to prevent and treat both conditions. She conducts translational research that examines the role of genetics in patients' susceptibility to periodontitis and is developing an animal model to study experimental peri-implantitis.

Professional Memberships

  • Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

  • American Academy of Periodontology

  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

  • International Association for Dental Research

  • American Dental Association

  • California Dental Association

  • California Society of Periodontology

  • Western Society of Periodontology


  • 2016 The National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF) and Colgate Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award-Research category

  • 2016 - Academy of Excellent Educators Award, presented by the UCLA School of Dentistry

  • 2014 - Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics Award, presented by the American Academy of Periodontology

  • 2014 - Omicron Kappa Upsilon - National Dental Honor Society Membership elected by the Epsilon Zeta Chapter at the UCLA School of Dentistry

  • 2013 - The Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship, American Academy of Periodontology Foundation 

  • 2009 - Young Investigator Award, American Society from Bone and Mineral Research

  • 2009 - First place in the Graduate Student Forum, Midwest Society of Periodontology

  • 2009 - Rackham travel award to attend the IADR/AADR/CADR meeting

  • 2008 - FASEB-MARC travel award to attend the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Meeting, Montreal, Canada

  • 2007-08 - Postdoctoral Fellow Position at the University of Michigan Regenerative Sciences Training Program, NIH  Institutional Training Grant T90 DK070071-03

  • 2007 - AAP Educator Scholarship, American Academy of Periodontology Foundation

  • 2007 - Travel Award for the Second Endocrine Fellows Forum (Hawaii) in conjunction with the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

  • 2006-08 - Rackham Merit Fellowship, The University of Michigan School of Dentistry

  • 2004-06 - Postdoctoral Fellow Position at the UCLA Fundamental Clinical Research Training Grant, NIH/NIDCR Institutional Training Grant T32 DE007296

  • 2001-02 - Fellowship Support, UCLA School of Dentistry

Representative Publications

  • Keuroghlian A, Barroso A, Kirikian G, Bezouglaia O, Tintut Y, Tetradis S, Moy P, Pirih F*, Aghaloo T. The Effects of Hyperlipidemia in Implant Osseointegration. Journal of Oral Implantology, 2015 42(2)e7-e11. * co-corresponding author)

  • Pirih, FQ; Hiyari, S; Leung, HY; Barroso, ADV; Jorge, ACA; Perussolo, J; Atti, E; Lin, Y-I; Tetradis, S; Camargo, PM. A Murine Model of Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Peri-Implant Mucositis and Peri-Implantitis. (epub, June 26, 2014, Journal of Oral Implantology)

  • Pirih, FQ; Hiyari, S; Barroso, ADV; Jorge, ACA; Perussolo, J; Atti, E; Tetradis,S; Camargo, PM. Ligature-Induced Peri-Implantitis in Mice. J. Periodontal Res, 2015, 50(4):519-24

  • Hiyari, S; Atti, E; Camargo, PM, Eleazar,E; Lusis AJ, Tetradis, S; Pirih, FQ. Heritability of Periodontal Bone Loss. (epub, J Perio Res, 2015) 

Additional Information

Courses Taught: Growth, Development, and Aging 102 The Tooth Periodontics 100 - Introduction to Periodontics Periodontics 101 - Periodontal Pathology, Diagnosis &Treatment Planning Periodontics 201 - Periodontal Pathology, Diagnosis &Treatment Planning Periodontics 300 - Clinical Periodontics Oral Biology 212 - Pro-Seminar Oral Biology Research DS 309 - Introduction and Review of Periodontics for Dental Residents