Mariano Sanz receives honorary doctorate from University of Coimbra
Prof Mariano Sanz receiving his honorary doctorate at the University of Coimbra
Mariano Sanz, chairman of the EFP Perio Workshop, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Coimbra in Portugal, one of the oldest universities in the world.
Prof Sanz, a world-renowned expert in his field, received the degree at a ceremony at the university on October 23.
“The truth is that one does not work all these years thinking about receiving prizes and distinctions, but it is very pleasing when your peers in various parts of the world recognise your career,” he said.
“This means a great deal, as being named an honorary doctor is the highest distinction that one can obtain in an academic career. The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe, which gives this appointment a degree of solemnity which, in truth, overwhelms me a little.”
Coimbra University was founded in 1290 in Lisbon and, after various moves, established its present base in the city of Coimbra in 1537.
Prof Sanz has previously received honorary degrees from the University of San Sebastián in Chile (2010) and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden (2015).
He has published more than 200 scientific articles or book chapters, with more than 10,000 citations in more than 25 scientific publications with impact factor.
He is the professor of periodontology at Madrid’s Complutense University, where he directs the EFP-accredited postgraduate programme in periodontology and implant dentistry.
Prof Sanz is chairman of the ETEP (aetiology and therapy of periodontal diseases) research group at the Complutense University, which has led important trials evaluating approaches to hard- and soft-tissue regeneration and different surgical protocols for dental implants.
He has been dean of his university’s faculty of dentistry and president of the conference of deans of dental faculties both in Spain and at the European level.
He was president of the EFP in 1993 and secretary general from 1998 to 2003. He has been president of the EFP’s Workshop committee since 2008 and served as chairman of the organising committee of EuroPerio5 (Madrid, 2006) and scientific chairman of EuroPerio8 (London, 2015).
Prof Sanz, who is also president of the Osteology Foundation, is much in demand on the lecture circuit.