Dr. Howard Tenenbaum

Dr. Howard Tenenbaum

Sinai Health

Dr. Howard Tenenbaum is the Dentist-in -Chief, Sinai Health and Head of the Division of Research in the Department of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital. He has been a member of the Department of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1984.

Dr. Tenenbaum is a Professor of Periodontology, and was head of that discipline for eight years (1997-2005) at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He has also served as Associate Dean for Biological and Diagnostic Sciences in that Faculty. He is a cross-appointed Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is also a Professor of Periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.


Dr. Tenenbaum received his D.D.S. from the University of Toronto in 1978 and then completed his specialty in Periodontology as well as a Ph.D. in bone cell biology by 1982.  This was followed by a two-year post-doctoral MRC fellowship in Bethesda at the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Tenenbaum has had a unique career as a dental researcher, pursuing ongoing research in the fields of bone cell biology, periodontology, the relationships between oral inflammation and systemic diseases as well as ongoing studies in orofacial pain. He has published more than 160 research papers, and has also published book chapters and abstracts in major scientific and clinical journals. In addition, he has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally in his various areas of interest.

Memberships and committees

Dr. Tenenbaum is currently a member of:

  • Canadian Dental Association
  • Ontario Dental Association
  • Ontario Society of Periodontists
  • Canadian Association for Dental Research
  • International Association for Dental Research
  • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
  • Bone and Mineral Metabolism Unit
  • International Association of the Study of Pain
  • American Academy of Periodontology

Awards and recognition

Dr. Tanenbaum has been awarded an Alumnus of Distinction Award from the U of T Faculty of Dentristy, and fellowships with the American College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, Pierre Fauchard Academy and International College of Dentists. He has also been granted Honourary Induction into Omicron Kappa Upsilon from the International Honours Dental Society.