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Dr. Anne Koch

Dr. Anne L. Koch (D'77, GD '93) received both her DMD and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania.     She is also the founder and past Director of the Postdoctoral Program in Endodontics and Microsurgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  Following her clinical and academic career, Dr. Koch formed her own successful technology and development company, Real World Endo, of which she was CEO and President.   Dr. Koch is the holder of multiple patents and the author of more than one hundred and fifty articles in her specialty field. Dr. Koch has also presented more than one thousand lectures worldwide. 

In addition to her clinical specialty, Dr. Koch is a strong advocate for professional women and presents at many medical and dental schools.  Among her various presentations is, “The Entrepreneurial Woman Doctor” and she has gifted a large seminar / lecture room at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  Additionally, she has endowed a five-year program dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion issues at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Koch maintains a faculty position at Penn (Department of Endodontics) as well as serving as a Senior Fellow with Penn Medicine. She also is a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and maintains an adjunct faculty position at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Koch is an active member of numerous professional societies and organizations.

Dr. Anne Koch wrote the book It Never Goes Away: Gender Transition at a Mature Age. 

“It Never Goes Away is a riveting story about the gender transition journey of Dr. Anne Koch, a leading practitioner and educator in dental medicine. Her gentle but necessarily didactic story succeeds in unmasking the stigma faced so long by transgender people. The book “shines light” on one of the biggest problems in transgender medicine—that there is no continuity of care by many healthcare providers, with an exception of a few large gender centers and institutions. It Never Goes Away will become a core reading in educational programs at schools of medicine in the United States and Canada.”

-- Lisa McBride ― Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, TCU and UNTHS School of Medicine

Related LibGuide: The LGBTQ+ Community and Oral Health by James Storm


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