Dr. Neely, Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Interim Chairperson and Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene, earned a D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota , M.Dent.Sc. and Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. His research interests include longitudinal assessment of periodontal disease and tooth loss and the epidemiology and etiology of periodontal diseases. Other interests include the relationship between systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and periodontal health. He is also interested in assessing risk factors for periodontal disease in children and adults. Dr. Neely maintains an active clinical practice limited to Periodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry performing routine, esthetic and regenerative procedures and placement of dental implants.