Dental College of Georgia
Department of Periodontics
Jamie A. De Stefano, DMD, PhD earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, and went on to earn her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, in 1991. After completing a Postdoctoral fellowship in Glycobiology from the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia in 1997, she moved to Augusta and became an Assistant Professor in the department of Oral Biology of the Medical College of Georgia, School of Dentistry, and, at the same time, attended dental school. She graduated with a DMD in 2001. Then, in 2012, she received her Certificate in Periodontics from this same institution. Dr. De Stefano became a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 2013. Currently she is a faculty member in the Department of Periodontics at The Dental College of Georgia of Augusta University.
Dr. Jamie De Stefano teaches Periodontics to dental students and residents. Currently she is pre-doctoral director for Periodontics and oversees Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Dental Students through their program in Periodontics. Her goals include giving the students a solid foundation in Periodontics, making them have a love for the field, making them want to learn further from published research, and giving them the opportunity for excellent performances in national board exams, as well as CRDTS.
Dr. De Stefano is still cited for her work on Pneumocystis carinii and characterization of its complex outer wall, as well as elucidation of the complex carbohydrates that compose this intricate structure. As a Periodontist, she became interested in the early development of bone, specifically, the sugars that signal early events. Currently, she is involved in a clinical trial entitled “Studies on epidemiology and risk indicators of peri-implantitis." She is working closely with a resident, Dr. Braydon Haskell, for this is part of his research requirement. She is also involved in green tea studies going on in China with her long-time colleague Dr. Stephen Hsu. These studies are looking at the many ways to target liver cancer utilizing green tea polyphenols.