“The people in this school are filled with a particular spirit that makes it a pleasure to work here. There is a positive attitude here that serves as motivation to get things done.”
Dr. Ove A. Peters joined the dental school in 2007 as a professor of endodontics. He earned his certificate in endodontics and a master's degree in oral biology and from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also served for three years as an assistant clinical professor prior to joining the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
"What I love about Pacific are the people," he says. "The people in this school are filled with a particular spirit that makes it a pleasure to work here. There is a positive attitude here that serves as motivation to get things done."
A world-renowned endodontist, Ove completed his undergraduate training in dentistry at the University of Kiel, Germany. He worked as a volunteer dentist in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and spent three years as the head of the faculty practice in restorative dentistry at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he also earned a certificate in endodontics and a PhD in operative dentistry prior to coming to the U.S.
Ove is directing the Dugoni School's endodontic research and will be involved with advancing research within the school. His main scientific research interests are practical aspects of root canal preparation and disinfection, assessed with innovative technology, as well as the biologic response to root canal treatment.
"Ultimately, I hope that through our research we are able to improve endodontic procedures to better benefit our patients," Ove says. "I'm particularly interested in researching the underlying principles that keep a balance of low-grade chronic inflammation and healing responses. This is a main element of many important fields in dentistry, including periodontics and endodontics. However, this is also relevant for many other diseases, such as arthritis and inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract."
Ove currently serves as an associate editor of the International Endodontic Journal and Endodontic Topics and is on the review panels of many other journals. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists and the International Association of Dental Research, and is also a fellow of the International College of Dentists. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in international journals as well as several book chapters and lectured both nationally and internationally.
Ove and his wife, Christine, who is also a member of the dental school faculty, live in Mill Valley, California, with their two children, Morten and Elin. The Peters enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling to such locations as Lake Tahoe and Hawaii.