Received his DMD from the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hadassah Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Had graduate training in Oral Medicine and Fellowship in Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dental School. Board certified by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Garfunkel is Professor in Oral Medicine at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and certified in Anesthesiology.
Served as Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hadassah Hebrew University, and Chairman of the Oral Medicine Department in the Hadassah Hospital for over 25 years. He is the co-founder and first director of the D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education affiliated to the same faculty, organizing graduate training in different fields of dentistry.
He holds numerous Visiting and Adjunct Professor Titles in the USA, among them: Visiting Professor of Oral Medicine – Medical College of Pennsylvania, Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery – MCP, Hahnemann School of Medicine, Visiting Associate Professor – Pahlavi in the University of Shiraz, Iran. Recently, he was given the title of Adjunct Professor of Medicine – Drexel University, College of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA. He also received the Doctor Honoris Causa title at the Nippon University in Japan and Davila University in Romania.
In 2009, Prof. Adi Garfunkel received „The Alumni Award of Merit” from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Garfunkel is an active member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine, an honorary member of the American Dental Association, International Association of Dental Research, Burma Dental Association, Academy of International Dental Studies and Israeli Dental Association. American Academy of Dental Medicine bestowed upon him the Certificate of Excellence. The city of Bucharest recognized his academic activities in Romania with the The Honorary Diplomat and Medal of the City of Bucharest.
In 2011, Prof. Adi Garfunkel received the high distinction „The President of Israel Award for voluntary activities”.
He published over 100 original papers in peer-reviewed journals and book-chapters on the connection between the oral and the systemic health, the most recent one (2010) in Dental Implants – the Art and Science (Dental Implant Therapy for Medically Complex Patients).
Dr. Garfunkel is the former editor of the Israel Journal of Dental Sciences, member of numerous editorial boards including Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, USA and Editor-in-Chief of the Middle East Journal of Oral Health. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Romanian Dental Update Journal „Actualităţi Stomatologice” who’s co-founder together with Prof. Dr. Nicolae Gănuţă, Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Bucharest, Romania and Prof. D. Walter Cohen, Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Currently, Dr. Garfunkel is co-chairman of the Dental Medicine Department at the Assaf Harofe Hospital, Israel and medical director of the Israel Non-Profit Organization for Oral Health of the home-bound patients.
Dr. Garfunkel lectured widely both nationally and internationally. He masters the Hebrew, English, French and Romanian languages.