International Programs Celebrate Class of 2017
Fifty-four international programs students celebrated the completion of their certificate programs at a gala ceremony held at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 22, 2017. This year’s class included 39 women and 15 men from 22 countries.
"Start Your Summer with a Smile"
Returns to Doctor Radio on June 19, 2017
For the seventh consecutive year, Doctor Radio, a live, call-in radio program, will broadcast a weeklong (June 19-23) series on oral health titled "Start Your Summer with a Smile." Once again the program will be hosted by Dr. Mark S. Wolff, who will interview NYU Dentistry faculty experts on a range of topics. Monday's program will feature guest host Dr. Lawrence E. Brecht and faculty expert Dr. Leila Jahangiri on the topic, "Esthetically-focused Prosthodontics." On Tuesday, Dr. Wolff will interview Dr. Andrew B. Schenkel to answer the questions: "Why do some people get decay? Why do some not get decay? Can you become someone who does not get decay?" On Wednesday, Dr. Marc Henschel and Dr. James R. Keenan will join Dr. Wolff for a discussion of "Dental Care for People with Disabilities, Young and Old, Physical and Intellectual." On Thursday, Dr. Wolff will welcome Dr. Peter M. Loomer to speak about "Periodontal Disease and Dental Implants," and Friday's program will feature Dr. Ronald W. Kosinski for a discussion on "Advances in Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment." The show can be heard live all week from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on SiriusXM, channel 110.
Joining Our Community are
- Erica Koiki as clinic manager in the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.
- Ana G. Chanalata as a dental assistant in the Dental Faculty Practices.
- Winnie Furnari, clinical professor of dental hygiene, on coauthoring "Cheiloscopy: Lip Print Inter-rater Reliability" for the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Professor Furnari's coauthors included Malvin N. Janal, senior research scientist and adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion.
- David Glotzer, clinical professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on presenting a full-day course on disaster response to the members of the New York City Medical Reserve Corps on May 6, 2017. Dr. Glotzer's co-presenters included Arlene R. Curry, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine; Victoria H. Raveis, a research professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; and Miriam R. Robbins, adjunct associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
- Kenneth K. Liao, clinical associate professor of endodontics, on being selected to present the keynote address at the Endodontic Society of the Philippines, Inc., (ESP) 1st Quarterly Scientific Seminar.
- Matthew Malek, clinical assistant professor of endodontics and director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics, on coauthoring the chapter titled "Treatment Planning and Case Selection" for Ingle's Endodontics, 7th edition.
- Seung-Hee Rhee, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being quoted by AGD Impact in the article titled "Standing Out Through Continuing Education."
- Deepak Saxena, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed chair of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Innovation in Oral Care Awards Committee. Added kudos to Dr. Saxena on being invited to serve on the IADR's Innovation in Oral Care Awards Committee 2019 and Nominating Committee 2019; and on being invited to serve on the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Edward H. Hatton Awards Committee 2019.
- Cristina Teixeira, associate professor of orthodontics, on presenting a workshop titled "Changing the Boundaries of Orthodontics" at the American Association of Orthodontists 2017 Annual Session in San Diego, California.
- Dean C. Vafiadis, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on authoring an article titled "Creating a Productive Digital Dental Practice" for Sidekick Dental Magazine.
- Queen Walker, group practice academic coordinator in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on presenting her award-winning essay titled "Mindfulness in Action: Daily Calm" at the NYU Toastmasters International Area 51, 54 and 55 Speech & Evaluation Contest, "Rise and Reach," held at NYU Dentistry on March 16, 2017.
- Yu Zhang, associate professor of biomaterials, on presenting the keynote address, "Bonding Between Porcelain Veneer, Zirconia Framework, and Resin Cement: Challenges and Opportunities," at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
- Erin Brent, formerly assistant dean for financial planning, budget, and strategic initiatives, has been promoted to associate dean for financial & academic planning, and strategic initiatives. Learn more >>>
- Angelita Leon, clinical instructor in dental hygiene, has been appointed coordinator of the Dental Assistant Certificate Program.
- Olivier Nicolay has been appointed chair of the Department of Orthodontics. Learn more >>>
On May 24, 2017, the Class of 2017, including more than 400 candidates for the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, AAS and BS degrees in dental hygiene, MS degrees in biomaterials and in clinical research, and Advanced Education Program certificates, saw their dreams come true as they received their degrees and certificates before an audience of over 4,500 people in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Learn more >>>
New York Times Magazine's First-Ever List of "Super Specialists" in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Includes Five NYU Dentistry Faculty
Five Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) faculty were recognized as "Super Specialists" in the New York Times Magazine's May 14, 2017, new addition to the annual "New York Super Doctors" supplement. They are: Dr. Lena Al-Sabban, clinical assistant professor; Dr. Kenneth E. Fleisher, clinical associate professor; Dr. Robert S. Glickman, professor and chair; Dr. David L. Hirsch, adjunct clinical assistant professor; and Dr. Marci H. Levine, clinical assistant professor. The "Super Specialists" were nominated by physician alumni of the annual "New York Super Doctors" list, who were asked to whom they would go or refer their patients and loved ones for care. Congratulations to all our OMS "Super Specialists"!
Dean’s Boardwalk Barbeque Inaugurates New Tradition
More than 600 students, faculty, staff, and administrators attended the Dean's Boardwalk Barbeque on May 12, 2017, at Riverpark Restaurant. The event — the culmination of NYU Dentistry Spirit Week — was sponsored by the Council on Humanitarianism & Culture Change, and included barbeque, boardwalk games, photo stand-ins, music, and dancing.
DDS Program Teaching Assistants Honored at Awards Ceremony
Fifty-eight teaching assistants in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care were honored by the Department at its annual Teaching Assistant Awards Ceremony held on May 19, 2017, in the Alfano Commons.
The following teaching assistants, all from the Class of 2018, were awarded certificates recognizing their roles as mentors to D1 students:
Yessenia Barrera Andrade
Sungyeob Phillips Baik
Matthew David Balenko
Hal M Belok
Raitzel C. Bernstein
Natalie Jennifer Deleanu
Hae Lim Ji
Jeong Min Lee
Richard C. Lee
Tina Claudia Ramirez
Meera Divya Rathi
Lucas K. Riabowol
Pauline M. Robinson
Serena Ann Simone
Nicole N. Slezak
Danielle Alyssa Winters
Dean's DDS Student Awards and Dental Hygiene Awards Ceremonies Recognize Outstanding Achievement
Dean's DDS Student Awards Ceremony
Sixty-seven graduating seniors in the DDS degree program received Dean's Student Awards on May 5, 2017, in recognition of their outstanding academic and public health achievements. In addition, two members of the DDS Class of 2018 received Dean's Student Awards and more than 260 peer mentors, peer tutors, and admissions ambassadors were recognized at the awards ceremony held in Septodont Hall. Learn more >>>
Dental Hygiene Programs Awards Ceremony
The Dental Hygiene Program's 2017 Awards Ceremony was held on May 4, in Septodont Hall. Twenty-seven BS and AAS degree students were honored at the annual event. Learn more >>>
Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg Receives I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award as NYU Dentistry Faculty and Students Win Additional Awards at AAE17
Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg received the I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award at the American Association of Endodontists' 2017 Annual Session, which also featured presentation of the Part-time Educator Award to Dr. Joseph K. Spector, and the following student awards:
Poster Presentation Award
- Dr. Kamolthip Songtrakul, PG Endo '17
Faculty mentor: Dr. Louis M. Lin
3rd place - "Continued Root Development of Immature Permanent Teeth with
Persistent Apical Periodontitis after Regenerative Endodontic Therapy"
Table Clinic Presentation Award
- Dr. Arash Safaverdi, PG Endo '17
Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer L. Gibbs
4th place - "Chronic Post-surgical Pain in Endodontics"
The following students and faculty also presented at the meeting:
Oral Research Presentation
- Dr. Allyson Won, PG Endo '18, and Dr. Pardis Rajabai, PG Endo '17 (co-presenters)
- Dr. David Cuocolo, PG Endo '17
- Dr. Hae Jung Ko, PG Endo '18
- Dr. Pierre Wohlgemuth, PG Endo '18
- Dr. Younghyup "Joe" Byun, PG Endo '18
Table Clinics Presentation
- Dr. Nghia Bui, PG Endo '17
- Dr. Jennifer L. Gibbs
- "Regenerative Endodontics: What Does the Evidence Show?"
- Dr. Louis M. Lin
- "Saving the Natural Tooth by Pulp and Dentin Regeneration"
- Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson
- "Meta-analysis: Non-surgical Outcomes with Modern Techniques"
- "Oops! Mishaps in Your Endodontics Procedures: Corrective Measures"
In addition, Dr. Benoit Michot, postdoctoral associate in the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, and Dr. Gibbs received a $17,000 grant from the American Association of Endodontists for their project titled "Interactions of Neurons and Dental Pulp Stem Cells in Pulpitis: The Role of Calcitonin Gene-related Peptide."
Annual Service Awards Ceremony Pays Tribute to 138 Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
NYU Dentistry hosted its annual Service Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2017, in the Dr. Michael C. Alfano Commons. The ceremony paid tribute to 138 faculty, staff, and administrators celebrating 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of continuous service at the College. Learn more >>>
Joining our community are
- Guido Sarnachiaro as adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
- Stephen Swenson as senior systems administrator for Technology and Informatics Services (TIS).
- Shirley Birenz, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, on presenting a CE course titled "Growth of Health Communication: The Story of Consumer Power and Medical Innovation" at the Garden State Dental Conference and Expo on May 6, 2017, in Newark, New Jersey.
- Mijin Choi, clinical associate professor of prosthodontics and director of the Jonathan and Maxine Ferencz Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, and Leila Jahangiri, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics, on being featured in Women in Prosthodontics, an e-book published by the American College of Prosthodontists to celebrate the history of women in the specialty.
- Thomas S. Giugliano, clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics, on authoring the chapter, "Prosthodontics Complications," in Avoiding and Treating Dental Complications: Best Practices in Dentistry, 1st edition.
- Juhee Jeong, assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the DSR Member Conflict Special Emphasis Panel of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
- Ronald W. Kosinski, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry, on being appointed a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Review Committee.
- Yihong Li, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the Special Grants Review Committee of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
- Daniel Malamud, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council.
- Ivy Peltz and Eric Studley, clinical associate professors of cariology and comprehensive care, on coauthoring an article titled "The Benefits of Unplugging to Recharge" for AGD Impact.
- Miriam R. Robbins, adjunct associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, on authoring the review article "Recent Recommendations for Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus–positive Patients" for Dental Clinics of North America; on being appointed a member of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Dental Standards of Care Committee; and on being elected president of The American Academy of Oral Medicine Executive Committee.
- Jean-Pierre N. Saint-Jeannet, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the Health Neurogenesis and Cell Fate (NCF) Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review.
DDS Students and Faculty Bring Dental Care to Masaryk Towers Community
A group of 12 DDS students from the interprofessional, student-run organization ACE (Accommodation, Conglomeration, and Eudaimonia) provided oral health education and free dental and oral cancer screenings, under the supervision of Dr. Gene B. Sherwin and Dr. Julie K. Yip, to senior citizens at Masaryk Towers in Manhattan on April 29, 2017.
From left: Ms. Marianne Sulistyo, '18, Mr. Sam Chien, '17, Ms. Jennifer Chu, '17, Mr. Victor Chu, '18, Ms. Bing Wang, '17, Mr. Addison Cheng, '18, Dr. Julie K. Yip, Dr. Gene B. Sherwin, Ms. Nicole Albstein, '20, Ms. Amy Cao, '17, Ms. Brittany Wall, '20, Mr. Eric Yeh, '20, and Ms. Tiffany Gu, '20. Not shown: Ms. Diana Naula, '18.
2017 NYU President's Service Awards Go to Zia Verjee, '17, and to Citizen Schools
Mr. Zia Verjee, '17, and the NYU Dentistry student-run organization, Citizen Schools, were honored at the 2017 NYU President's Service Awards for outstanding service to NYU and the broader community. Mr. Verjee was recognized as an individual recipient in the Community Service and Civic Engagement category for his commitment to community service and philanthropic advocacy as a student leader at NYU Dentistry. Citizen Schools was recognized in the Community Service and Civic Engagement category for its commitment to fostering future healthcare professionals and for inspiring underprivileged communities to become more involved in the health sciences.
Left: Mr. Zia Verjee, ’17, with NYU President Andrew Hamilton. Right: Ms. Soo Y. Yoo, ’19, Mr. Joseph Kang, ’19, President Hamilton, Mr. Peter Z. Zhao, ’19, and Mr. Lyndon K. Tran, ’19.
©NYU Photo Bureau: Elena Olivio
Second Annual Common Hours Held
The College held its second Common Hours on April 25, 2017, in the Rosenthal Pavilion at Washington Square, a half-day forum for members of our academic community to share their thoughts on issues relevant to NYU Dentistry's strategic direction. This was the sixth Plenary Council/Common Hours event held over the past four years.
Dr. Robert Berne, NYU’s executive vice president for health, brought greetings on behalf of the University at the opening of the session, and NYU Provost Dr. Katherine E. Fleming delivered remarks at the luncheon.
New this year was an interactive, anonymous online poll to elicit attendees' perceptions concerning the quality of interpersonal relationships on campus.
Common Hours also included a report on advances in improving academic scheduling, one of the major issues identified at both last spring’s Common Hours and last fall’s Plenary Council.
Stay tuned for more on Common Hours 2017 in future issues of News & Notes.
Global Student Outreach Team Returns to Machias, Maine
The NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program provided free oral health care and instruction to approximately 900 children and adults in Machias, Maine, from April 2-8, 2017. Thirty-six faculty, staff, and students — including 14 predoctoral dental students, two dental hygiene students, and six postgraduate students — participated in the outreach, the College's 10th visit to rural Washington County since 2010. Learn more >>
Joining our community are
- Shahir Bano as a junior research scientist in the Department of Biomaterials.
- Lynval Clayton-Rowe as senior clinic manager in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
- Jonathan Cooney as a junior research scientist for the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
- Jessica Hilburg as associate dean for clinical affairs. Learn more >>>
- Shulamite Huang as a research instructor in epidemiology and health promotion.
- Jessica Lui as an administrative aide in the Office of Admissions.
- Asma Muzaffar as adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
- Bernadette Sawa as adjunct clinical instructor of cariology and comprehensive care.
- Hazem Shuaeib as a junior research scientist in the Department of Biomaterials.
- Kritika Srinivasan as a junior research scientist in the Department of Biomaterials.
- Suzette M. Stines as clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
- Eugene H. Bass, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care, on authoring "Combined Orthodontic and Restorative Approach to Esthetic Treatment of Maxillary Peg Lateral Incisor in Adolescent Female Patient: A Case Report" for the New York State Dental Journal.
- Miriam Eckstein, assistant research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, on coauthoring an article titled "Store-operated Ca2+ Entry Controls Ameloblast Cell Function and Enamel Development" for the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) Insight. Dr. Eckstein's coauthors included Timothy G. Bromage, professor of biomaterials; Meerim Nurbaeva, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology; Jessica L. Sorge, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology; Paulo Coelho, associate professor of biomaterials and Leonard I. Linkow Associate Professor of Implant Dentistry; and Rodrigo S. Lacruz, assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
- Chandurpal P. Gehani, adjunct clinical associate professor of endodontics, on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Indian Dental Association at the association's annual awards ceremony in Mumbai, India.
- Malvin N. Janal, senior research scientist and adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion, Paulo Coelho, associate professor of biomaterials and Leonard I. Linkow Associate Professor of Implant Dentistry, and Ronaldo Hirata, clinical assistant professor of biomaterials, on coauthoring an article titled "Microcomputed Tomography Evaluation of Volumetric Shrinkage of Bulk-Fill Composites in Class II Cavities" for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.
- James R. Keenan, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, on being elected president of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry.
- Xin Li, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Peer Review Panel on Prostate Cancer.
- Kenneth S. Magid, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being quoted in the Dr. Oz The Good Life article "Anti-Age Your...Teeth!" on the effectiveness and side effects of teeth whitening.
- Richard Niederman, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, on being quoted in People in an article titled "Complications from Tooth Infection Lead to California Father's Death," and in the Well and Good article "Is It Still Safe to Have Triclosan in Your Toothpaste?" Added kudos to Dr. Niederman on being featured in a SiriusXM Doctor Radio segment about men's dental and oral health on April 5, 2017.
- Evgeny Pavlov, assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Cell - Cell Structure and Survival Review Committee, and a member of the Membrane Biology and Protein Processing (MBPP) Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Added kudos to Dr. Pavlov on coediting "Inorganic Polyphosphates in Eukaryotic Cells."
- Seung-Hee Rhee, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed a member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Membership Committee; and on authoring the article "10 Things I Learned from Cancer" for the Journal of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry Journal, GP.