David P. Donatelli, DDS, FACP

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitative & Reconstructive Dentistry | Director, Graduate Prosthodontics

School of Dentistry, 501 S. Preston St., Room 311 502-852-4219


To make an appointment with Dr. Donatelli, call 502-852-5401
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  • Graduate Certification in Prosthodontics - Temple University, 1982
  • DMD – Temple University, 1980

Teaching Areas

  • Director, Graduate Prosthodontics

Honors and Awards

  • International College of Dentists, 1989
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy, 1990
  • Omega Kappa Upsilon Dental Faculty Recipient

Professional Activities

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Course Director for Restorative Dentistry, Advanced Restorative Dentistry
  • Director of Undergraduate Removable Prosthodontics
  • Lectures and Seminars in Complete Dentures, Removable Partial Dentures, Implant Prosthodontics and Occlusion
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Promotions Committee
  • Admissions Committee
  • Implant Committee
  • Team Dentist – Pittsburgh Penguins, 1984-2011
  • Board of Directors – Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund, 1995-2011
  • Leadership Pittsburgh, Year V11

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow – American College of Prosthodontics
  • Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
  • Diplomate – International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)
  • Fellow- International Team of Implantology (ITI)
  • Member – American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Member and Past President – Pennsylvania Prosthodontic association
  • Past President – Carl O. Boucher Prosthodontic Conference


  • Chair – ACP Prosthodontic Review Course
  • ACP Member 2023 Annual Session Committee
  • Member – ACP Council to the American Board of Prosthodontics
  • Member - ACP Task Force on Occlusion and contributing editor to the occlusion e-book

Research Interests and Current Projects

  • Implant Complications in fixed restoration
  • Guidelines for treatment based on form and function


Journal Articles

  • Nakamura SS, Donatelli D, Rosenberg ES, “Posterior Bite Collapse: Guidelines for Treatment Based on Form and Function.” Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent., May-June 2022;42(3):351-359
  • Nakamura SS, Donatelli D, Rosenberg ES, “Posterior Bite Collapse and Diagnostic Grading for Periodontics.” Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent., Jan-Feb 2021; 41(1): 61-69
  • Ting M, Faulkner RJ, Donatelli D, Suzuki J, “Tooth-to-implant supported fixed partial denture a comprehensive overview of systematic reviews.” Implant Dentistry, Oct 2019, 490-499
  • Link-Bindo E, Soltys J, Donatelli D, Cavanaugh R, “Common prosthetic implant complications in fixed restorations. Compendium, 37”:7, July 2016; 431-436
  • Ting M, Palermo M, Donatelli D, Gaughan JP, Suzuki J, Jefferies SR, “A meta-analysis on the effect of implant characteristics on the survival of the wide-diameter implant.” International Journal of Implant Dentistry 2015, 1:28
  • Lee D, Wiens J, Ference J, Donatelli D, et. al, “Assessment of occlusion in predoctoral dental education: report from ACP task force on occlusion education.” Journal of Prosthodontics, 21:7, Oct 2012, 578-587
  • Rinaldi A, Goldberger H, Mingledorf E, Craig C, Donatelli D, “Biomechanical considerations in implant dentistry.” Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, 50:2 August 1982; 220-223 

Support Staff:
Ally Stevens