Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching

Robert Genco.

Robert Genco, DDS ’63
Genco earned a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, and returned to UB to begin teaching periodontics and endodontics that year.

He is a SUNY Distinguished Professor who served as chair of the oral biology department for 25 years. He and his colleagues were among the first researchers to connect gum disease with heart disease and stroke. Genco has published more than 395 scientific papers. Now director of the UB Microbiome Center, Genco was vice provost of the university’s Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR), where he helped launch more than 80 companies in Western New York. 

Richard T. Sarkin Award For Excellence In Teaching

The award is named to honor the late Richard T. Sarkin, EdM ’98, a pediatrician and UB professor renowned for his work improving faculty and medical residents’ teaching skills, and strengthening physicians’ communication with patients. The award is given to UB alumni who have earned distinction as educators at accredited institutions of higher education.