B.S. The Johns Hopkins University, 1976
D.M.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1980
M.S. University of Maryland, 1991
M.B.A. Millsaps College, 2005
Certificate, General Practice Residency, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, 1981
Certificate, Periodontics, University of Maryland, 1986
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology, 1992
Dr. Francis G. Serio is Professor and Dean of the Bluefield College School of Dental Medicine. He formerly was the Interim Vice Dean and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He was inducted into the Academy of Dentistry International in 1999, the International College of Dentists in 2003, and the American College of Dentists in 2004.
Dr. Serio has been in full-time academics and part-time practice since 1981. He taught at the University of Maryland and was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry from 1993-2009 before assuming his positions at East Carolina University. His professional interests include educating predoctoral dental students, the pathogenesis of the periodontal diseases, periodontal plastic surgery, international volunteer dentistry, and the continuing dental education of general dentists and dental hygienists. He has presented over 150 lectures and continuing education courses in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and co-director of the Dominican Dental Mission Project. Over a span of 32 years, this project has provided in excess of $10 million of services to 57,800 of the rural poor of the Dominican Republic. In 1991, the project received The President’s Volunteer Action Award from President George H.W. Bush and in 2001, the Daily Points of Light Award from President George W. Bush. He has also been actively involved in Dentistry Overseas, a joint project between the American Dental Association and Health Volunteers Overseas, and many other international volunteer dental activities. He served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, Metro Jackson.
Dr. Serio has written or co-authored over 40 scientific articles and four books. The most recent book, the Manual of Clinical Periodontics, was written with Dr. Charles E. (Bud) Hawley and published by Lexi-Comp (www.lexi.com) and is in its 3rd edition. Dr. Serio is married to Dr. Cheryl L. Serio, a general dentist. They have two adult children and split residence between Greenville, North Carolina and Bluefield, Virginia.