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November 2017


CNN Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne Joins the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program in Nepal 

The NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program recently traveled to Nepal to provide care for children at two sites: 1) the Kathmandu Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding High School (November 2-12), which it has visited for the past 5 years in partnership with the Tibet Fund and the Seven Summits Foundation, and 2) a new location, the Kopila Valley School in Surkhet (October 28-November 7), approximately 600km west of Kathmandu, near the Indian border, where a second team was hosted by two new partner organizations, the BlinkNow Foundation, founded by American philanthropist Maggie Doyne, who was named a CNN Hero of the Year in 2015, and the Kopila Valley School and Children's Home.

In response to a severe need for dental care among the children served by the Kopila Valley School, a network of supporters connected the school with NYU Dentistry. After a site visit earlier this year, NYU Dentistry, BlinkNow, and Kopila Valley developed a plan to create a program that would bring emergency dental services and oral health education to 300-plus children, while building the school's capacity to sustain its existing efforts towards prevention. On this initial outreach, the Surkhet team provided classroom-based oral health instruction to 350 children, oral examinations and silver diamine fluoride (SDF) applications to 190 children, and comprehensive dental care to 90 children.

The team consisted of two DDS students, Serena Simone, '18, and Yelizaveta Alekseyeva, '18; one dental hygiene student, Claudia Gomez; two administrators, Jenny Park and Kristen Miller; one faculty member, Professor Jill Fernandez; and two alumni, Dr. David Treff, '08, and Dr. Brianne Hama, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry '10, who served as pediatric dentistry faculty.

Nepal


 


 

New College Initiatives Are Focus of Visit by California Dental Association Officials and State Legislators

A delegation of California Dental Association (CDA) and California State legislators visited the College on October 27, 2017, marking the 5th consecutive year of CDA visits to participate in an Oral Health Education forum hosted by Dean Bertolami. This year's forum included 16 NYU Dentistry students who hail from California. They are: James H. Chao, '18, Bahram Danaei, '18, Nima Harouni, '18, Amanda M. Muzzio, '18, Justin Shyu, '18, Benjamin Estrada, '19, Nicole C. Liu, '19, Michelle Michelson, '19, Olivia M. Nguyen, '19, Tuan M. Thai, '19, JoyAh Brooks, '20, Silvia Castro, '20, Steve Deng, '20, Gene Park, '20, Jesse Rosete, '20, and Elizabeth Wang, '20.

Following welcoming remarks by Dean Bertolami, Vice Dean Stuart M. Hirsch, who organized the program, introduced the presentations, beginning with Dr. Richard Niederman and Dr. Alexis Cohen speaking about the "CariedAway NY" project, which aims to compare the effectiveness of two cavity-prevention techniques – a "simple" treatment of silver diamine fluoride and fluoride varnish, and a "complex" treatment of traditional sealants and fluoride in 60 high-need elementary schools in the Bronx. Through prior work in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Colorado, Dr. Niederman and his team determined that "complex" school-based cavity prevention programs are effective in reducing cavities by two-thirds, while preliminary results suggest that "simple" prevention can be equally effective.

Speaking about "Integrating Oral and Medical Health Services – Lessons Learned and Future Plans," Executive Vice Dean Michael P. O'Connor reported that lessons learned from the operation of a fully medically-equipped nurse practitioner clinic that had been located on the lobby level of the Schwartz building from 2005 to 2015 place the College in an excellent position to partner with Metro Community Health Centers to provide a Manhattan location for patients with disabilities to access primary health care in the existing medical facility. These patients will also be able to receive dental care in a new state-of-the-art Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities, which is being built on the 8th floor of the Weissman Building. The presentation also featured remarks by Marco Damiani, CEO of Metro Community Health Centers, who spoke about his positive expectations for the partnership.

Fourth year DDS student Amanda Muzzio spoke movingly of "A New Approach to Special Needs Patients," which described the education and training she has received as an honors student in the Special Care Program and how that experience is enabling her to provide better care for her patients with disabilities. One of those patients joined the presentation to laud the care he has received at NYU Dentistry.

The program concluded with a presentation by Assistant Dean for Allied Health Programs Dr. Cheryl Westphal Theile and Ms. Megan Murphy, student retention and academic advising administrator for the Dental Hygiene and Assisting Programs, on the College's new Dental Assisting Certificate program.

The California delegation included Senator Ben Allen, Senator Toni Atkins, Assembly Member Heath Flora, Assembly Member Todd Gloria, Assembly Member Chad Mayes, Senator Richard Pan, Senator Henry Stern, Peter A. Dubois, CDA executive director, Robert Hanlon, DMD, chair of the CDA Political Action Committee and a member of the Government Affairs Council, David Desko, DDS, dental director and senior vice president for HealthPartners, Carrie Gordon, CDA chief strategy officer, Richard Stapler, CDA vice president for public affairs, Brianna Pitman, CDA legislative director, and Todd Robertson, CDA public affairs manager. 


 

 

Welcome New Employees
Joining Our Community is:



 

 

Congratulations to
  • Gary S. Berkowitz, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care and group practice director, on receiving the Boy Scouts of America Theodore Roosevelt Council Centennial Service Award on November 3, 2017, at the organization's 100th anniversary gala held in Garden City, New York. The Centennial Service Award recognizes the financial vision and service leadership of previous honorees and/or council presidents who have enabled the Theodore Roosevelt Council to deliver a quality program to Nassau County children and adolescents over the past 100 years.
  • Zhongbo Liu, assistant research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, on coauthoring an article titled "Growth Hormone Control of Hepatic Lipid Metabolism" for Diabetes, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Liu's coauthors included Shoshana Yakar, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
  • Elliott Moskowitz, adjunct clinical professor of orthodontics, on being appointed editor-in-chief of Seminars in Orthodontics; and on being appointed a contributing editor of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.
  • Alexander J. Schloss, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on coauthoring a guest editorial titled "The Era of Personalized Dentistry Is Upon Us: It's Time to Include It in Dental Curricula" for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Schloss' coauthors included Zia Verjee, '17; and Andrew I. Spielman, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
  • Brian L. Schmidt, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and director of the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research and the NYU Oral Cancer Center, on receiving a 10-year Certificate of Added Qualifications in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery as a result of passing the 2016 American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) Examination; on presenting the keynote lecture titled "Current Topics in Oral Cancer Research and Oral Cancer Screening" at the A.T. Still Research Institute Center for Oral Health Research and Arizona Chapter of the American Association for Dental Research Scientific Symposium, "Supporting Best Practices in Education and Patient Care," on January 21, 2017; and on being invited to present the keynote address at UCLA School of Dentistry’s Inaugural Research Day on March 1, 2017.
  • Gail E. Schupak, adjunct clinical assistant professor of orthodontics, on co-chairing the Essays and Scientific Poster Session Committee of the 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting.
  • Andrew I. Spielman, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on coauthoring a guest editorial titled "Is Tasting Innate?" for Oral Diseases: Leading in Oral, Maxillofacial, Head & Neck Medicine; on being appointed advisory editor for the same publication; and on coauthoring articles titled "An Overview of the Models in Reporting School Data on Dental Credentialing Examinations" and "12-Year Use of a Digital Reference Library (VitalBook) at a U.S. Dental School: Students' and Alumni Perceptions" for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Spielman's coauthors included Elizabeth Maas, '19; and Dr. Elise Eisenberg, senior director of informatics and adjunct clinical professor of epidemiology and health promotion. Added kudos to Dr. Spielman on being appointed a member of the Committee for an Integrated Exam (CIE) of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE); and on presenting: "Taste and Smell Disorders - A Practical Guide to Clinicians" at the Portuguese Dental Association Annual Meeting, "Biomedical Foundations through Clinical Cases: Integrated e-learning Modules" at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, and "The Birth of the Most Important 18th Century Dental Text: Pierre Fauchard's Le Chirurgien Dentiste" at The New York Academy of Medicine's Seventh Annual History of Medicine and Public Health Night.
  • Cristian Stefan, clinical professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on coauthoring "The THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head, Neck, and Neuroanatomy;" on being appointed a member of the editorial board of Revista Argentina de Anatomía Clínica; and on being appointed associate editor of Anatomy: An International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Anatomy.
  • Mark Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development, on being quoted in the Men’s Health segment "Text a Doctor," on the topic of brushing; on being quoted by health.com in an article titled "9 Things Your Smile Can Tell You About Your Health;" on being quoted by HuffPost in an article titled "Is Seltzer Bad For You? Calling All La Croix Fans"; and on being interviewed by SELF for an article titled "Malin Akerman Swears Oil Pulling Makes Her Teeth Healthier - But Experts Aren't Convinced."
  • The following faculty/administrators on being featured on SiriusXM Doctor Radio
    • Jessica Hilburg, associate dean for clinical affairs, on healthy aging (October 30, 2017);
    • Amr M. Moursi, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, on Halloween candy and caries prevention (October 27, 2017).



 

Promoting Our Own
  • Kim Attanasi, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor of dental hygiene.
  • Raphael Bettach, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Ricardo A. Boyce, Jr., formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Iryna Branets, formerly a clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Paulo Coelho, formerly associate professor of biomaterials, has been promoted to professor of biomaterials.
  • John F. Como, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Natalia Elson, formerly a clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Thomas E. Gorrell, formerly adjunct instructor in dental hygiene, has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor of dental hygiene.
  • Ashley C. Grill, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor of dental hygiene.
  • Kellie R. Kennedy, formerly clinical instructor in dental hygiene, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene.
  • Mitchell J. Lipp, formerly clinical associate professor of orthodontics, has been promoted to clinical professor of orthodontics.
  • Danielle Mitnick, formerly an adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Sara Nichols, formerly an adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Kay T. Oen, formerly a clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Staci L. Ripkey, formerly an adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care and the Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor in both departments.
  • Stuart L. Segelnick, formerly adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, has been promoted to adjunct clinical professor of periodontology and implant dentistry.
  • Despina Sitara, formerly assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, has been promoted to associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
  • Analia Veitz-Keenan, formerly clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, has been promoted to clinical professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
  • Ying Jo Wong, formerly a clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.


 

October 2017


Students, Faculty, and Staff Unite to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Dr. Michael C. Alfano Commons on October 11, 2017, to assemble more than 300 kits for Hurricane Harvey victims. The initiative was spearheaded by DDS Class of 2020 President Jessica A. Singer in partnership with the presidents of the other DDS classes and the Student Council. Each kit contained a handwritten note and several personal care items, including bars of soap, feminine products, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby formula, and insect wipes. 

Hurrican Harvey



 

NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program Marks 10th Visit to Nicaragua with a Unique Two-Part Program 

From September 19–28, and September 24–October 1, 2017, the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program made its 10th visit to Nicaragua for a unique outreach which combined research and clinical care. Two separate teams were deployed as part of the outreach, which took place in Granada. The first team (September 19–28) included three dental hygiene students and five faculty and staff members, who collected oral health data and established a baseline caries prevalence in the target population of 620 local schoolchildren. The children received oral examinations and SDF (silver diamine fluoride) applications onsite at four public schools. Any children identified with caries were referred to the on-site NYU dental clinic, which was set up the following week at the Casa de los Tres Mundos community center, where a second team of more than 30 pre- and postdoctoral students, faculty, staff, and alumni provided free oral health screenings and treatment to 500 children and adults. 

Also during the second week, Professor Jill B. Fernandez, along with three dental hygiene students, visited classrooms at the four schools to provide oral hygiene instruction and initiate daily school-based tooth-brushing programs, and to meet with various stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and administrators, to provide oral hygiene education and build support for such programs. 

Granada Nicaragua 2017



7th Strategic Planning Plenary Event Draws 275 Faculty, Students, and Staff

The College held its 7th Strategic Planning Plenary event on October 2, 2017, in the Kimmel Center's Rosenthal Pavilion, drawing a record number – 275 – faculty, students, and staff from across the College for an open discussion of "What's not working at the College," "What is working," and "What we need to do to improve as a College."

Highlights of the all-day session included remarks from top University officials, including President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine E. Fleming, a report by Tracey Gardner, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, on initiatives underway to enhance diversity, inclusion, and equity throughout the University, and a presentation on "Coaching, Stress, and Performance" by Ben Bernstein, PhD, a performance psychologist.

Plenary Council


Drs. Asgeir Sigurdsson and Edmund Khoo Featured at New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation Event

Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson and Dr. Edmund Khoo were the featured speakers at the New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation (NYAOR) fall membership and continuing education meeting held on October 6, 2017, at the Union League Club. NYAOR president Dr. Gene B. Sherwin welcomed participants, pictured below, all of whom were either NYU Dentistry faculty or Advanced Education Program students. 

New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation


 

Welcome New Employees
Joining Our Community are:
  • Rose J. Amable as clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.
  • Nyiema Hutchinson as senior clinic manager in the Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry.
  • Jobecky Ruiz as a patient service representative in the Dental Faculty Practices.
  • Wenbo Yan as clinical assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.

 



Congratulations to
  • Denise Estafan, associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed editor of the Madridge Journal of Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
  • Mitchell J. Lipp, clinical associate professor of orthodontics, on coauthoring an article titled "Types of Feedback in Competency-based Predoctoral Orthodontics: Effects on Students' Attitudes and Confidence" for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Lipp's coauthors included Kiyoung Cho, '19; and Han Suk Kim, '16.
  • Sharon A. McLaughlin, clinical instructor in dental hygiene, on authoring a guest editorial titled "The Value of Long-term Employees to Institutions" for Access, the magazine of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
  • Paul A. Rosenberg, professor of endodontics, on being appointed co-editor-in-chief of Clinical Dentistry Reviewed, an online journal published by Springer. Kudos to Olivier Nicolay, clinical associate professor and chair of the Department of Orthodontics, on being appointed section editor of the same publication.
  • Andrew B. Schenkel, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, Kenneth L. Allen, clinical associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, and Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development, on coauthoring an article titled "Development of a Core Curriculum Framework in Cariology for US Dental Schools" for the Journal of Dental Education. Added kudos to Dr. Allen on coauthoring "The Impact of Oral-Systemic Health on Advancing Interprofessional Education Outcomes" for the same publication.
  • Stuart L. Segelnick, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on receiving the 2016 Silver Scroll Journalism Award for Most Improved Publication, presented by the International College of Dentists in recognition of his work as editor of the Second District Dental Society (SDDS) Bulletin. Added kudos to Dr. Segelnick on being appointed editor on the Publications Committee of the Second District Dental Society.
  • John Sung, an instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on presenting his case study, "Reduced Vertical Dimension," as part of the "Dental Pearls from the AGD Masters and Fellows" lecture course at the 2016 Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Meeting.
  • Sayamol Voraragsa, adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on coauthoring an article titled "Conservative Management of Dental Caries Using Silver Nitrate and Atraumatic Restorative Treatment in Remote Rural Setting: A Reduction to Practice" for The New York State Dental Journal. Dr. Voraragsa's coauthors included Ralph P. Cunningham, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Burton S. Wasserman, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed editor of the July 2016 issue of Dental Clinics of North America, "Special Care Dentistry."
  • Yi Ye, assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and associate director for the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, on coauthoring an article titled "Alterations in Opioid Inhibition Cause Widespread Nociception but Do Not Affect Anxiety-like Behavior in Oral Cancer Mice." Dr. Ye's coauthors included Elizabeth Salvo, a postdoctoral associate in the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; John C. Dolan, research assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and associate director of research development in the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; Malvin N. Janal, senior research scientist and adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion; Bradley E. Aouizerat, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and deputy director of the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; and Brian L. Schmidt, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and director of the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research and the NYU Oral Cancer Center.
     


 

Promoting Our Own
  • Michelle F. Goldstein, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.
  • Maryse Manasse, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry.
  • Grace Yi-Ying Su, formerly adjunct clinical associate professor, has been promoted to clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.


 

September 2017


College Introduces Unique New Dental Assisting Certificate Program

The College has introduced a unique, tuition-free, dental assisting program for the economically- or educationally-disadvantaged that aims to place its graduates directly into employment positions in the community.

During the week of September 18, 2017, the College welcomed the first cohort of students to a highly selective, 6-month Dental Assisting Certificate Program (DACP). The incoming class is comprised of 6 students, all minority men or women recruited from our patient pool based on referrals from our students, faculty, and staff. The program consists of two, 6-month, semesters annually.

The program's goal is to provide highly motivated, un- or underemployed individuals with the skills necessary to embark on a career as a chairside dental assistant. The program includes all core courses in short modules taught by expert faculty from the College's Office of Allied Health Programs alongside clinical faculty and DDS students in the Group Practices and specialty care clinics. Only 6 applicants will be admitted each semester.

The students will receive all books, uniforms, instruments, and materials at no cost; be paired with an Honors predoctoral student in the clinics to their mutual benefit; engage in a mentorship program with College personnel; and receive career development guidance as part of the curriculum. After completing the program, these students will be well-trained, highly marketable; and poised for a career in a stable, high-demand market.

Beyond job training, the College will then assist them in finding paid employment among our practicing dental alumni. Such individuals will be in demand because they will be completely trained in the increasingly complex world of practice regulation; compliance with state, federal, and local requirements for dental practices; utilization of digital radiography; and electronic health records. As we welcome these new students, we wish them the best of good fortune in their studies.

Orientation Held for New Dental Assisting Certificate Program Students



NY State Senator Leroy Comrie Honors Dr. Winifred A. Montuori and Mrs. Constance Robinson-Turner for Their Roles in Senior Citizen Dental Van Initiative

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Cariology & Comprehensive Care Dr. Winifred A. Montuori and Smiling Faces, Going Places mobile dental van program manager Mrs. Constance Robinson-Turner were honored at a Senior Appreciation Breakfast hosted by New York State Senator Leroy Comrie to celebrate National Senior Center Month.

In a proclamation presented to Dr. Montuori and Mrs. Robinson-Turner, Senator Comrie said, "A great state is only as great as those individuals who perform exemplary service on behalf of their community. Such service, which is truly the lifeblood of the community and the state, so often goes unrecognized and unheralded. It is the belief of this legislative body that it is appropriate to publicly proclaim and commend those individuals for the edification and emulation of others."

The Senior Citizen Dental Van Initiative was launched in July 2016 to provide quality dental care to elderly residents in New York City. Since its inception, the program has had more than 650 patient visits.

Dr. Winifred A. Montuori and Mrs. Constance Robinson

From left: Dr. Winifred A. Montuori and Mrs. Constance Robinson-Turner with their awards.



Incoming Students Welcomed at Orientation 2017

Three hundred and eighty DDS students and 90 dental hygiene students were welcomed to the College during the week of August 21. Highlights of the orientation program included remarks by Dean Charles N. Bertolami and NYU President Andrew Hamilton, along with a weeklong series of informational and social events designed to acquaint the new students with the campus and the many educational and student life resources available to them. 

Dental Hygiene Students Orientation



 

Council on Humanitarianism and Culture Change Aims to Promote a More Positive and Engaged Community

Just over one year ago, a Council on Humanitarianism and Culture Change was established with the goal of fostering a more compassionate and trusting environment, one that promotes mutual respect, celebrates diversity, and enhances community engagement.

Beginning with 50 members, the Council now embraces 150 enthusiastic faculty and staff members who are energizing the culture in their roles as change agents. These individuals, known as "Ambassadors," strive to deepen their role and commitment to the College in their everyday work and lives by helping to foster a positive, trusting, highly professional, and inclusive environment and to initiate and support programs toward that goal.

The Council sponsors a variety of activities, including monthly Council meetings, biannual retreats, working groups, programs, and social events dedicated to the process of culture change, along with strategies to assess and measure success in the short- and long-term and to anchor the positive changes into the culture of the College in lasting ways.

The Council welcomed its newest members at a reception held in August in the 11th Floor Executive Conference Room at 433 First Avenue. To learn more about the Council and how to become a member, please email dental.community@nyu.edu or visit the Council on Humanitarianism and Culture Change page.

Humanitarianism Culture Change Reception




Welcome New Employees
Joining Our Community are:
  • Sarah Adu as a sterilization technician in the Central Sterilization Unit.
  • Lorel Burns as an instructor in the Department of Endodontics.
  • Joseph P. Colagreco as senior director of the Health Screening Unit.
  • Davide Cuocolo as clinical assistant professor of endodontics.
  • Grace Emperio as a registered nurse in the Health Screening Unit.
  • Levita Y. Mitchell as director of scheduling systems management.
  • Isamar Lugo as a supply assistant for the Linhart Continuing Dental Education Program.
  • Joanna Monika Nimani as a dental assistant in the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Dena Sapanaro as clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.
  • Monika Silguero as a dental radiographer.
  • Jeremy R. Sporn as an audio visual technician for Technology and Informatics Services (TIS).
  • Marissa Swanson as a program administrator for global outreach.



 

Congratulations to
  • Kenneth Aschheim, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being interviewed by ADA News in an article titled "ID'ing Human Remains with Dental Records Subject to Technical Report: Report, Developed in Part by ADA, Defines Best Practices for the Field of Forensic Odontology."
  • Laurie R. Fleisher, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care and of endodontics, on coauthoring "The Vipeholm Cariology Study" for Dentista y Paciente. Dr. Fleisher's coauthor was William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Jessica Hilburg, associate dean for clinical affairs, on being quoted by HuffPost in the article titled "Healthy Living: You're Probably Forgetting to Brush this Part of Your Teeth - Missed A Spot!"; and on being featured in an August 9, 2017, SiriusXM Doctor Radio segment on dental health.
  • Louis M. Lin, professor of endodontics, on co-editing a book titled Endodontic Prognosis: Clinical Guide for Optimal Treatment Outcome. Dr. Lin's coauthors included Jennifer L. Gibbs, assistant professor of endodontics; Matthew Malek, clinical assistant professor of endodontics and director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics; Katsushi Okazaki, clinical assistant professor of endodontics; and Dag Ørstavik, a visiting scholar in the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.
  • William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed editor of the Madridge Journal of Dentistry and Oral Surgery; on being appointed a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Dentistry & Orofacial Surgery; on authoring a book titled Rounding Third and Headed for Home; on coauthoring two articles titled "A Nocturnal Visit to the Dentist" and "Dentistry, Religion and Grape Juice" for NYSDA News; and on coauthoring "The Worldwide Epidemic of Heroin Use and the Dental Significance of its Use" for Dentista y Paciente. Dr. Maloney's coauthors included Laurie R. Fleisher, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care and of endodontics; and Nicholas Vernice, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Benjamin T. Neren, adjunct clinical instructor of prosthodontics, on coauthoring an article titled "Maxillary Arch Reconstruction in Patient with Moderate Wear Utilizing Zirconia Restorations to Restore Form, Function, Esthetics: A Clinical Report" for The New York State Dental Journal.
  • Steven Pigliacelli, adjunct instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics, on authoring an article titled "Price, Quality, and Volume" for Dental Economics.
  • Victoria H. Raveis, research professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on coauthoring "Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening among Muslim Women in New York City: Perspectives from Key Informants" for the SM Journal of Community Medicine, "Applying a Qualitative Approach to Examine the Implementation of Mandatory Health Practice Change within Healthcare Institutions" for SAGE Research Methods Cases, and "Relationships among Self-perception of Aging, Physical Functioning and Self-efficacy in Late Life" for the Journals of Gerontology - Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences; on co-presenting two abstracts, "Older Adults with Advanced HIV/AIDS and their Informal Caregivers' Communication on End-of-life Care" and "The Longitudinal Relationship between the Will to Live and Depression in Late Life," at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics; and on co-presenting an abstract titled "Development of a Generalist Curriculum to Integrate the Palliative Approach Early in Chronic Disease Management: Results from the CASA Study in an HIV Population" at the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care. Dr. Raveis' co-presenters included Monique Carrero-Tagle, associate research scientist in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; and Daniel G. Karus, senior research scientist in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Farhad Vahidi, associate professor of prosthodontics, on coauthoring an article titled "Preimpression Troughing with the Diode Laser: A Preliminary Study" for The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.
  • Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, and director of evidence-based dentistry in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, on being quoted in the New York Times article "Ask Well: Why Does My Dentist Give Me So Many X-Rays?"
  • The following TIDE fellows and PG Orthodontics students on coauthoring a Peer Education: Reviews of Literature (PERLs) synopsis titled "Game-based Learning in Health Professions Education and Clinical Practice" for the Journal of Dental Education: Karina C. Lee; Woojae Eric Kim; Olivia Y. Yue; Nadia A. Alghannam; Basheer Alsayed; and Nadia Habbal. Their faculty advisors were Mitchell J. Lipp, clinical professor of orthodontics, and Maureen McAndrew, clinical professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and senior director of professional development.
     


 

Promoting Our Own
  • Catherine Aguirre, formerly a patient service representative, has been promoted to dental insurance analyst in the Office of Clinical Administration and Revenue Cycle Management.
  • Donna L. Catapano, formerly adjunct assistant professor of dental hygiene, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene.
  • Arthi M. Kumar, formerly an adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene and in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been appointed clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.
  • Alyson J. Leffel, formerly manager of Patient Advocacy Services, has been promoted to assistant director of Patient Advocacy Services.
  • Angelita Leon, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene, has been appointed clinical instructor in dental hygiene.
  • Topaz Murray, formerly clinic manager, has been appointed department manager in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Elon Parkinson, formerly clinic manager, has been promoted to senior clinic manager for the DDS Group Practices.
  • Cheryline Pezzullo, formerly an adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, has been appointed clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Brittney Reid, formerly a patient service representative, has been promoted to clinic manager in the Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry.

     


August 2017

2017-2018 Student Council Officers Elected

The following students have been elected officers of the NYU College of Dentistry Student Council for the 2017-2018 academic year: Raveena Singh,’18, president; Rachel Meshell, ’18, vice president; Kevin Fernando, ’18, treasurer; Saba Jangda, ’18, secretary; Naveed Cheraghi, ’20, communications representative; Mega Manchanda, ’19, social chair; Lauren Tiffen, ’18, alumni affairs representative; Alvin Babu, ’19, co-student affairs representative; Gloria Labib, ’19, co-student affairs representative; Vishnu Reddy, ’19, University senator; Saad Hasan, ’20, alternate University senator; Jonathan Malakan, ’20, community outreach representative; and Carly Alanouf, ’19, greening representative. Learn more about the Student Council >>>

Student Council Officers Elected


 



Eight Faculty Members Awarded OPD Certificates for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

Kudos to the following full- and part-time faculty on completing the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Program, presented by the Office of Professional Development. Pictured, back row, from left are: Dr. Hazem Shuaeib, Dr. Gerard Epelbaum, Dr. Migena Kotelli, Dr. Maureen McAndrew (program director), and Dr. Clara Lee. Pictured, front row, from left are: Dr. Francis F. Tung, Dr. Marina Da Rosa Kaizer, Dr. Katayoon Noroozi-Leibowtiz, and Dr. Robert Frare. The Excellence in Clinical Teaching Program was established in 2004 to enhance faculty clinical teaching skills.
 

Clinical Teaching



 



Rebecca Renelus, ’20, and Kidane M. Tewolde, ’20, Represent the College at 2017 SNDA Convention

Rebecca Renelus and Kidane M. Tewolde

Two students from the predoctoral Class of 2020, Ms. Rebecca Renelus and Mr. Kidane M. Tewolde, were selected to represent the College at the 45th Annual Student National Dental Association (SNDA) Convention held in Dallas, Texas, from July 20-23, 2017. For more than 40 years, SNDA has sought to promote, aid, and support the academic and social environment of minority students. The convention included continuing education workshops, panels, and networking events.

Ms. Renelus is a co-alumni affairs representative for the Class Council, acting as a liaison to the Alumni Association, and a co-outreach representative for the Christian Medical Dental Association. Mr. Tewolde, a participant in the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program at the University of Albany, SUNY, worked in the lab of Dr. Xin Li, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, this summer. He is a Class of 2021 Orientation Leader and will become a peer tutor in the fall.
 



 

Welcome New Employees
Joining Our Community are:
  • Meghan Rose Archer as an infection control coordinator for clinical affairs.
  • Christine Chu as adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
  • Terry Y. Lin as adjunct clinical associate professor of prosthodontics.
  • Isabel Schablowski as an adjunct instructor in prosthodontics.
  • Paul Zhivago as adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
     


 

Congratulations to
  • Habib Benzian, adjunct professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on coauthoring an article titled "Global Dental Education: Going Global - Toward Competency-based Best Practices for Global Health in Dental Education" for the Journal of Dental Education.
  • Ivianie Exinor, adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene, on coauthoring a guest editorial titled "Public Health and Collaboration: Using the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Framework as a Guide" for ADHA Access.
  • Howard I.A. Lieb, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being invited to serve on eight Second District Dental Society Committees for 2017: Administrative Committee (House Chair); Constitution and Bylaws Committee (Member); Dental Practice Committee (Member); District Claims Committee (Member); Ethics Committee (Member); House Committee (Chair); Membership and Communications Committee (Publications Chair); and Publications Committee (Chair).
  • Kenneth S. Magid, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being interviewed by Dental Products Report in the Q&A titled "The Benefits of a Better Laser: Two Laser-dentistry Experts Share their Insight As to How Diode Lasers Can be Used for More and With Better Results;" and on being interviewed by Dental Lab Products in the Q&A titled "Simplifying the Scanning Workflow: Kenneth Magid, DDS, Explains How Using A Diode Laser for Digital Impressioning Can Provide Optimal Results."
  • Richard Niederman, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, on coauthoring "Getting the Incentives Right: Improving Oral Health Equity with Universal School-based Caries Prevention" for the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Niederman's coauthors included Shulamite Huang, a research instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Mary E. Northridge, associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on coauthoring "Racial/Ethnic Minority Older Adults' Perspectives on Proposed Medicaid Reforms' Effects on Dental Care Access" and "Oral Health Care Receipt and Self-rated Oral Health for Diverse Asian American Subgroups in New York City" for the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Northridge's coauthors included Eric Schrimshaw, associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion; Ariel Port, assistant research scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion; and Sara S. Metcalf, associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion.
  • Victoria H. Raveis, research professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on being named a fellow of the Social Research Policy and Practice Section of The Gerontological Society of America.
  • Amy M. Slep, professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on co-presenting a lecture titled "Translating Behavioral Science into Improved Oral Health" at the International Conference on Novel Anticaries and Remineralizing Agents 3. Dr. Slep's co-presenters included Richard E. Heyman, professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development, on being appointed associate editor of clinical dentistry for The Journal of the American Dental Association; on being appointed to the International Conference on Novel Anticaries and Remineralizing Agents 3 (ICNARA 3) Planning Committee; on presenting a lecture titled "Evidence Supporting Anticaries Toothpastes" at the ICNARA 3; on being quoted in articles by Travel and Leisure, Men's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Glamour, CBS News, and Yahoo Health; and on coauthoring "Non-antibacterial Tetracycline Formulations: Host-modulators in the Treatment of Periodontitis and Relevant Systemic Diseases" for the International Dental Journal, "A Novel Chemically Modified Curcumin 'Normalizes' Wound-healing in Rats With Experimentally Induced Type I Diabetes: Initial Studies" for the Journal of Diabetes Research, and both "The Public Health Reach of High Fluoride Vehicles: Examples of Innovative Approaches" and "Nationwide 2.5-year School-based Public Health Intervention Program Designed to Reduce the Incidence of Caries in Children of Grenada" for Caries Research. Dr. Wolff's coauthors included Rachel M. Hill, senior director of global outreach and international initiatives; Stuart M. Hirsch, vice dean for international initiatives and continuing dental education; and Ananda P. Dasanayake, professor of epidemiology and health promotion.
  • The following faculty on being featured on SiriusXM Doctor Radio:
    • Peter M. Loomer, clinical professor and chair of the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, on the topic of dental health (January 11, 2017);
    • Amr M. Moursi, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, on the topics of nutrition and dentistry (December 16, 2016), and children’s oral health (March 22, 2017);
    • Lawrence E. Brecht, adjunct clinical associate professor of prosthodontics; Marc Henschel, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine; Leila Jahangiri, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics; James R. Keenan, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine; Ronald W. Kosinski, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry; Peter M. Loomer, clinical professor and chair of periodontology and implant dentistry; Andrew B. Schenkel, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care; and Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development, as part of the weeklong series on oral health titled "Start Your Summer with a Smile" (June 19-23, 2017).
       


 

Promoting Our Own
  • Robert Arrasate, formerly an audio/visual technician for Technology and Informatics Services (TIS), has been promoted to team lead for educational media.
  • Sonal S. Shah, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, has been appointed director of the 8W Oral Medicine Clinic.
     

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