Dr. Bernard Costello serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Science Integration and works within the senior administration in the Health Sciences and at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He has been a full-time faculty member at Pitt since 2001 and is the former dean of the School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Costello is a tenured Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital where he is a surgeon on the cleft-craniofacial team. Dr. Costello earned his doctorates in medicine and dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Following his residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Costello completed a pediatric craniofacial fellowship at the Posnick Center for Facial Surgery and Georgetown University Medical Center.
In his role as Associate Vice Chancellor, he is charged with driving integration amongst the health science schools in areas such as curriculum development, clinical team development, community engagement, and interprofessional educational platforms. As Director for the Center for Interprofessional Education (CIPE), he has built cross-institutional engagement and platforms for students, faculty, and staff.
Dr. Costello is known primarily for his translational research in regenerative medicine strategies for craniofacial deformities and has been a primary investigator and collaborator for projects and multi-institutional grants aimed at developing regenerative technologies with Pitt’s Center for Craniofacial Regeneration. He also authored novel guidelines for responsible pain management that focus on a non-opioid approach and has been a strong advocate for measures to fight the opioid addiction crisis. He has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, and has served as an editor and authored content for several key texts focusing on craniomaxillofacial reconstruction.
Dr. Costello has also served in leadership positions with a number of professional associations, boards and foundations. He is currently the President for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Past-President of the American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons, and Past-President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Dr. Costello regularly lectures worldwide on pediatric facial disorders and craniofacial regenerative translational research. He also treats facial injuries for the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey team in conjunction with UPMC Sports Medicine.