Celebrating Our Community: 2019 Archives

June

Advanced Standing Program Class of 2021 Welcomed at White Coat Ceremony

Advanced Standing Program Class of 2021 Welcomed at White Coat Ceremony

Members of the Advanced Standing Program Class of 2021 were welcomed at a White Coat Ceremony on Friday, June 21, 2019. Faculty, family, and friends joined the event, marking the start of the Advanced Standing students' clinical and didactic dental education at NYU. The Class of 2021 consists of 30 internationally-trained dentists hailing from 15 different countries. Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a DDS degree. View the event program »

 


NYU Dentistry Marks 25 Years of Volunteering at Special Olympics

NYU Dentistry Marks 25 Years of Volunteering at Special Olympics

For the 25th consecutive year, NYU Dentistry predoctoral students, postdoctoral pediatric dentistry students, and pediatric dentistry faculty volunteered at the annual New York Metro Special Olympics games. At this year's games, held on June 1, 2019, at the Queens High School for Teaching, NYU Dentistry volunteers provided screenings and oral health information to 98 children and young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities through the Special Olympics, Special Smiles program, an initiative aimed at increasing oral health awareness through education, screenings, and information on access to care. Many of the young athletes were referred to the new NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities for treatment.

   


   

Dr. Brian Schmidt Appointed Chair of NIH's Somatosensory and Pain Systems Study Section

Dr. Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD, has been appointed chair of the NIH Somatosensory and Pain Systems Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021.

Dr. Schmidt, director of the NYU Oral Cancer Center, is at the forefront of biomedical research into oral cancer from the molecular level to clinical patient studies. Backed by NIH funding, Dr. Schmidt currently researches genetic biomarkers for precancer and cancer, neural pain pathways for new pain control therapies, and novel oral cavity reconstruction techniques. It is expected that his demonstrated skill and leadership will allow him to determine to a significant extent the effectiveness and efficiency of the study section he is chairing.

We congratulate Dr. Schmidt on this latest recognition of the major role he is playing in advancing the national biomedical research effort.
 


Welcome New Employees

Joining Our Community are:

  • Kaashara Haynes, as implant inventory assistant for central dental lab.
  • John Joshua, as clinic manager for clinic operations.
  • Sara Lee, as a customer service representative for patient care services.
  • Edward Rosenbaum, as assistant director of global outreach programs.
  • Emily Wolschlag, as program coordinator of student life and engagement for student affairs.
  • Addam Zaino, as an audio/visual technician for educational media.

     
Congratulations to
  • Kim Attanasi, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, for receiving an ADHA Presidential Citation to acknowledge exemplary contributions to dental hygiene profession.
  • Edgard El Chaar, clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on coauthoring an article titled "Osseointegration of Superhydrophilic Implants Placed in Defect Grafted Bones" for the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, and for coauthoring an article titled "Crestal Bone and Keratinized Tissue Around 3.0-mm Laser-Microtextured Dental Implants After 1 Year in Function: A Case Series" for Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry. Dr. El Chaar's coauthors included Shivangi Amin, PG Perio ’17, MS ’18; Stephanie Cruz, PG Perio ’17; Natalia Gil-Fernandez, PG Perio ’18; and Steven P. Engebretson, associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry. Additional kudos for coauthoring an article titled "Treatment of Atrophic Ridges with Titanium Mesh: A Retrospective Study Using 100% Mineralized Allograft and Comparing Dental Stone Versus 3D-Printed Models" for Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, including co-authors Adolf B. Urtula, PG Perio ’17; Aikaterini Georgantza, PG Perio ’18; Stephanie Cruz, PG Perio ’17; Pooria Fallah-Abed, PG Perio ’15; Alejandro Castaño, PG Perio ’17; and Thierry E. Abitbol, adjunct clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry.
  • Natasha Elson, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care for co-authoring a chapter titled "Minimally Invasive Dentistry Approach Benefits of Using Laser" in the textbook Top 10 Contributions on Dental Science.
  • Laurie R. Fleisher, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care and endodontics, for authoring "The Scarred Face of Beauty" for the February 2019 edition of NYSDA News, with co-author William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Winnie Furnari, clinical professor of dental hygiene, for being appointed the ADHA Institute Oral Health 2019 Liaison of the Year.
  • Jessica Jackson, development associate in the office of development and alumni affairs, for earning her Master's degree in Public Administration from NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
  • Angela Kamer, associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, for being a speaker at the "What is Alzheimer's Disease: Understandings and Frontiers" symposium hosted by NYU Langone on April 8, 2019.
  • Edmund Khoo, clinical assistant professor of orthodontics, on being appointed chair of the ADEA Council of Sections Project Pool Committee.
  • William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, for authoring, "Werner Syndrome, Cockayne syndrome and Rothmund-Thomson syndrome," for the March 2019 edition of the NYS Dental Journal.
  • Fabiola Milord, clinical instructor of cariology and comprehensive care, for receiving the 2019 Nassau County Dental Society Humanitarian Award.
  • Joanna Navedo, junior research scientist in the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, for receiving her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from NYU Dentistry.
  • Margarita Perez, administrative aide II in the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, for receiving her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from NYU Dentistry.
  • Brian L. Schmidt, professor and director of the Bluestone Center for Research, for being appointed chair of NIH's Somatosensory and Pain Systems study section.
  • Asuncion Wein, manager of post-graduate and graduate programs, for receiving her Master’s degree in Public Health from the NYU College of Global Public Health.

 

Promoting Our Own
  • Scott Gautney, formerly an admissions officer, has been promoted to customer relationship management manager for admissions.
  • Anne D. Jayne, formerly a dental assistant, has been promoted to a dental hygienist in the faculty practice.
  • Irene Olshan, formerly director of clinical services administration, has been promoted to senior director of administrative services.

Joining the ranks of the full-time faculty

  • Victoria Benvenuto, formerly adjunct clinical instructor of dental hygiene, has been appointed clinical instructor. 
  • Nancy J. Dougherty, formerly adjunct clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry, has been appointed clinical associate professor.

   

May


Graduation 2019

Graduation 2019

On May 20, 2019, the Class of 2019, including more than 500 candidates for the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Advanced Education Program certificates, MS degrees in biomaterials and in clinical research, AAS and BS degrees in dental hygiene, and Dental Assisting Program certificates saw their dreams come true as they received their degrees and certificates before an audience of more than 4,500 people in The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Learn more about Graduation 2019 >>>

   


   

Dr. Leila Jahangiri Receives 2019 ACP Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Leila Jahangiri Receives 2019 ACP Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Leila Jahangiri, Ira E. Klein Professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics, has been honored by the New York Section of the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP) with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding and substantial contributions and commitment to the specialty and the ACP. The award recognizes Dr. Jahangiri specifically for mentoring predoctoral students to become prosthodontists.

   


   

Dean's Awards Ceremony Celebrates Class of 2019 Distinctions

Dean's Awards Ceremony Celebrates Class of 2019 Distinctions

Sixty-two Class of 2019 DDS students, and one DDS ’20 student, received Dean's Student Awards on Friday, May 3, 2019, in recognition of their outstanding academic and public health achievements. Nearly 350 peer mentors, peer tutors, admissions ambassadors, and teaching assistants were also recognized at the awards ceremony held in Septodont Auditorium. View the 2019 Dean's Student Awards program (PDF).

   


   

2019 Service Awards Presented

2019 Service Awards Presented

NYU Dentistry hosted its annual Service Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2019, in the Alfano Commons. The ceremony recognized 118 faculty, staff, and administrators celebrating 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55 years of continuous service at the College. View the 2019 Service Awards program (PDF).

   


   

Dean's BBQ Brings NYU Dentistry Community Together

Dean's BBQ Brings NYU Dentistry Community Together

More than 700 students, faculty, staff, and administrators attended the Dean's BBQ on Friday, May 10, 2019. Student Affairs staff and volunteers transformed the 25th Street parking lot into a festive carnival-like atmosphere, featuring barbecue, Mister Softee trucks, cotton candy, carnival games, and music. There was even a guest appearance by the NYU Bobcat. The first 500 guests to arrive received a commemorative Dean’s BBQ tote bag, which included a beach ball and sun screen with the Dean’s BBQ logo.

   


   

OMS Faculty Named Top Docs in NYT 2019 Super Doctors New York

OMS Faculty Named Top Docs in NYT 2019 Super Doctors New York

For the third consecutive year, faculty in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery have been named to The New York Times annual Super Doctors New York list. This year's list includes Dr. Lena Al-Sabban, Dr. Kenneth E. Fleisher, Dr. Robert S. Glickman, Dr. Vasiliki Karlis, and Dr. Marci H. Levine. Congratulations to all!

   


   

NYU Dentistry Students Excel in 2019 Annual AACD International Poster Competition

NYU Dentistry Students Excel in 2019 Annual AACD International Poster Competition

Students representing the D-4 Honors Program in Aesthetics, the International Program in Aesthetics, and the CDE Full Mouth Rehabilitation Course once again distinguished themselves at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Annual Poster Competition. At the 2019 competition, held on April 29, in San Diego, California, our students won in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Clinical Case Category
    • 2nd place: Lyndsey Theriot, '19
    • 3rd place: Oksana Nad, '19
  • Undergraduate Materials Science Category
    • 1st place: Alan Meskin, '19
  • PG/Advanced Standing Clinical Case Category
    • 1st place: Fabio Perez Rubio, International Program in Aesthetics
    • 2nd place: Juliana Gil Andrade, International Program in Aesthetics
  • Junior Faculty Clinical Case Category
    • 1st place: Dhanny Medianti, International Program in Aesthetics
    • 2nd place: Bhavna Gangwal, International Program in Aesthetics
    • 3rd place: Ruth Schmuelian, CDE Full Mouth Rehabilitation Course

In addition, two winners of the Best Clinical Case in Aesthetics HEAPS Award were recognized: Clement Kairouz, '19, in the Undergraduate Clinical Case category, and Wanhau Zou, International Aesthetics Program, in the PG/Advanced Standing Clinical Case category. NYU Dentistry was one of only 13 dental schools to compete in one or more categories.

   

Welcome New Employees

Joining Our Community are:

  • Lamouy Anglin, as clinic team manager for the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Mervate Barsoum, as a dental assistant for the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Woodley Beauzil, as a supply assistant for Materials Management.
  • Naydia Butcher, as a revenue cycle analyst.
  • Rohama Doniarov, as a patient service representative for Clinic Operations.
  • Heather Ferreri, as associate director of the clinical research program for the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Troy Fulton, as a supply assistant for Materials Management.
  • Arianne Gaudin Larosiliere, as a dental assistant for the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Haley Gibbs, as an administrative aide II for the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Kristine M. Hyon, as adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthodontics.
  • Connor Lillis, as alumni events manager for development and alumni affairs.
  • Dianna Mei, as a dental radiographer for Patient Care Services.
  • Kristin Memoli, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Calvin Pae, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Edit Paulino, as a dental assistant for the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Akneia Peartree, as a dental assistant for the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities.
  • Jakai Reid, as clinic manager for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Justine Rivera, as a patient service representative for Clinic Operations.
  • Kimberly Rubel, as an administrative aide II for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Carla Sillau, as a dental assistant for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Rinzin Wangmo, as executive assistant to the vice dean for international initiatives and continuing dental education.
  • Allyson Won, as adjunct clinical instructor for the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.

   

Congratulations to
  • Kenneth L. Allen, clinical associate professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on presenting an abstract titled, "Preparing the Next Generation: Building an Interprofessional Oral Health Workforce" at the ADEA/ADEE Shaping the Future of Dental Education conference with co-authors Erin Hartnett and Judith Haber from the Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
  • Shirley Birenz, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, on presenting an abstract titled, "Evaluating the impact of course design choices on student achievement" at the ADEA/ADEE Shaping the Future of Dental Education conference with co-author Lillian Moran, senior educational technologist.
  • Lucretia Depaola-Cefola, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on presenting an abstract titled, "A Collaborative Strategy for Achievement: The Student Success Network" at the ADEA/ADEE Shaping the Future of Dental Education conference.
  • Maria P. Rodriguez Cardenas, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on presenting an abstract titled, "Nutritional Assessments in Dental Education Promotes Interprofessional Collaboration and Teaches Clinical Health Outcomes" at the ADEA/ADEE Shaping the Future of Dental Education conference.
  • Paul A. Rosenberg, professor of endodontics, on presenting a lecture titled "Endodontic Controversies" to a joint meeting of the American Association of Endodontists and the Canadian Association of Endodontists in Montreal, Canada.
  • Raid Sadda, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, on authoring "Prevention and Management of Life-threatening Complications during Implant Surgery" for the May/June 2019 edition of General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.
  • Asgeir Sigurdsson, Presley Elmer Ellsworth Professor and Chair in the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, on being a keynote speaker at the 38th Australian Dental Congress.
  • Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, on presenting an abstract titled, "Adaptive Learning in the Dental Curriculum" at the ADEA/ADEE Shaping the Future of Dental Education conference with co-author Cristián Opazo, director of educational technology. Added kudos to Dr. Veitz-Keenan for presenting an abstract titled, "Dentist as a Profession for Females: What are the motivations for this Career Choice?" at the ADEA Women Conference with co-authors Debra M. Ferraiolo, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine; Lucretia Depaola- Cefola, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; and Denise A. Trochesset, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.
  • Queen Walker, academic coordinator in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on being the subject of a profile in AMC Monthly.

   

Promoting Our Own
  • Maria De Leon, formerly a supply assistant, has been promoted to senior supply assistant.
  • Robin Elliott, formerly assistant director of patient-centered care services, has been promoted to director of patient-centered care services.

   


   

10th Strategic Planning Plenary Event Draws Nearly 250 Faculty, Students, and Staff

10th Strategic Planning Plenary Event Draws Nearly 250 Faculty, Students, and Staff

The College held its 10th Strategic Planning Plenary event on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in the Kimmel Center's Rosenthal Pavilion, drawing nearly 250 faculty members, students, and staff for an open discussion on the direction in which the NYU Dentistry community would like to move.

Highlights of the half-day session included remarks by Dean Bertolami; a report on Academic Engagement by Jason Crowe, director of enrollment management compliance for NYU; and a report on sustainability at NYU by Cecil Scheib, assistant vice president for sustainability. Following a presentation by Dr. Michael O'Connor, executive vice dean for administration, development, finance, clinical, and student services, on institutional highlights and plenary council outcomes, attendees participated in a lightning round focusing on "What's not working at the College," "What is working," and "What we need to do to improve as a College." The event concluded with remarks by NYU President Andrew Hamilton, followed by a reception.

   


   

Peer Review Board Members Honored at Dean’s Luncheon

Peer Review Board Members Honored at Dean’s Luncheon

Back, from left: Andrew Chang, '21; Mark Fakory, '20; Maxwell Webber, '22; William Pepe, '19; Joseph Geiger, '19; Front , from left: Kateryna Huz, '20; Yasmin Ludianski, '22; Danielle Messina, '21; Alvin Babu, '19; Kelly Mastrovito, '19; Sijia Xu, '21; Anita Chitnis, '20

Dean Bertolami hosted a luncheon in April to welcome new members of the student-led Peer Review Board on Ethics and Professionalism (PRB) and to thank the entire Board for their service. The members of the PRB are responsible for ensuring compliance with the NYU Dentistry Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

   


   

PG Endodontics Students Win Research Awards

PG Endodontics Students Win Research Awards

Two students in the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics have won the American Association of Endodontists (AAE)/Dentsply Resident Awards. Marie Mora-Moreno, DDS, and Guy T. Park, DDS, MS, won the award for their poster research. The AAE/Dentsply Resident Awards provide prizes of $1,000 to the 10 highest scoring endodontic postgraduate student presenters in the following categories: table clinics, poster research, and oral research. Congratulations to Drs. Mora-Moreno and Park.

   

April


Brenda Shah, '20, Elected ASDA Trustee

Brenda Shah, '20

Brenda Shah, '20, has been elected District 2 Trustee of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) for 2019-20. As a trustee, she will play an active role in helping to achieve the association's goals for the coming year. Commenting on Brenda's election, Dean Bertolami said, "I know that all the members of our academic community share my pride in having Brenda represent the College in such an important national leadership position."

   



PG Perio Students Present at Annual Tri-school Symposium

PG Perio Students Present at Annual Tri-school Symposium

Each year, postgraduate students in NYU's advanced education program in periodontics present their research and findings from advanced clinical cases at the Jay S. Siebert Tri-school Symposium, an annual collaboration among the advanced education programs in periodontics at New York University, Boston University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The 2019 Symposium was held at the University of Pennsylvania on April 12 and 13.

The two-day symposium featured presentations by Dr. Vanessa Bikhazi, PG PERIO '19; Dr. Toni Salama, PG PERIO '19; Dr. Dina Zahedi, PG PERIO '19; Dr. David Malakov, PG PERIO '19; and Dr. David Mishler, PG PERIO '19.

View the event program here >>>
 



NYU Dentistry at WHO Oral Health Policy Workshop in Congo

NYU Dentistry at WHO Oral Health Policy Workshop in Congo

Workshop participants at WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo. Feb 27, 2019
© Hilfsaktion Noma 2019

The WHO Collaboration Center for Quality Improvement & Evidence-based Dentistry (WHO CC), part of the Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, was among the invited organizations at a workshop organized by the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) in Brazzaville (Congo) from February 27 to March 1. The College was represented by the center’s associate director for global health & policy, Dr. Habib Benzian.

Representatives from 20 countries, civil society organizations, and invited experts came together to review progress in oral health, including better integration into primary healthcare and effective population-wide prevention strategies.

Good oral health, including access to essential oral health care and prevention, are part of the basic human right to health. Unfortunately, the reality is that many parts of the world still bear a high burden of oral disease combined with low access to oral healthcare. This is the case in many countries of the African region in particular, where the numbers of oral health professionals are among the lowest worldwide.

In order to address the situation and to integrate oral health with prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, the 53 member states of the WHO African region adopted a new regional oral health strategic action plan in 2016. "WHO's regional oral health strategy provides comprehensive guidance for governments on how to improve oral health as part of non-communicable diseases," said Dr. Benzian at that time and reaffirmed NYU's commitment to support the WHO through technical assistance and training.

Workshop participants agreed on an outcome document which highlights the need for accelerated action in oral health, including "fiscal measures through taxation of products with high content of sugars, alcohol, and tobacco" and increased "budget allocations based on intervention costing and investment cases to enable improved population coverage."

To continue NYU's advocacy for oral health at the highest political levels, NYU College of Dentistry will host an official side-event on oral health in the context of universal health coverage during the upcoming first-ever High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage to be held at the United Nations in September 2019.

View the workshop outcome document.

Find out more about the 1st United Nations High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
 



International Programs Visit Naples, Italy

International Programs Visit Naples, Italy

Current International Programs students, faculty, and administrators were joined by alumni for a student recruitment initiative at the 26th Collegio dei Docenti Universitari di Discipline Odontostomatologiche in Naples, Italy, from April 11-13. The NYU Dentistry International Programs have over 1,500 alumni from 95 countries around the world. Alumni referrals to the programs account for 45-60% of incoming classes each year.
 



Faculty and Students Earn Distinctions at ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

Faculty and Students Earn Distinctions at ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

At the annual ADEA event, 11 students in the NYU ADEA Academic Dental Career Fellowship Program (ADCFP) participated in the annual session and six presented their research projects as poster presentations. They are:

  • Tatiya Ungphakorn, ’19, mentored by Dr. Mary Kang: "Dental Education: Conventional or Digital? D4 Survey for Effective Learning"
  • Anna Wong, ’19, and Kate Chung, 19, mentored by Dr. Edmund Khoo: "Perceived Treatment Ability for Traditional Appliances Versus Clear Aligners Between D1, D4 Students and PG3 Orthodontic Students"
  • Beverly Chen, ’20, mentored by Dr. Edmund Khoo: "What Program Directors and Chairs Think Are Important in PG Candidates"
  • Jong Kil Kim, ’22, mentored by Dr. Mitchell Lipp: "Written Feedback and Red Ink: Effects on Confidence and Performance in a Competence-based Course in Predoctoral Orthodontics"
  • Lyndon Tran, ’19, mentored by Dr. Mitchell Lipp: "Effectiveness of a Learning Card Game in Predoctoral Orthodontic Education."

Drs. Khoo and Lipp are co-coordinators of the NYU ADCFP.

In addition, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Leslie Smithey graduated from the ADEA Leadership Institute — a yearlong program designed to develop the nation’s most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become future leaders in dental and higher education — and was appointed her Class of 2019 Alumni Representative. Dr. Edmund Khoo, clinical assistant professor of orthodontics, was elected to fellowship in the Class of 2020 ADEA Leadership Institute.
 



NYU Dental Students Sweep CCC Aesthetic Poster Competition

NYU Dental Students Sweep CCC Aesthetic Poster Competition

The official results of the CCC Aesthetics Poster Competition are in and NYU dental students won first, second, third, and fourth place awards.

The Best Clinical Case in Aesthetics HEAPS Award was won by Clement Kairouz, ’19; second place was won by Oksana Nad, ’19; third place by Claudio Franco, ’19; and fourth place by Lyndsey Theriot, ’19. The first place HEAPS Award winner will be recognized at the AACD Meeting in San Diego; and the second, third, and fourth place winners will represent NYU in the AACD International poster competition in San Diego, along with Alan Meskin, ’19, in the category of Undergraduate Materials Research.
 



Dental Assisting Certificate Program Graduates Third Cohort of Students

Dental Assisting Certificate Program Graduates Third Cohort of Students

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the College celebrated the graduation of the third cohort of students enrolled in the Dental Assisting Certificate Program.

The program graduates — six students admitted to this highly selective, six-month, tuition-free pilot program — are all minority students who were recruited from the College's patient pool based on referrals from students, faculty, and staff.

The program's goal is to provide highly motivated, un- or underemployed individuals who are eager to gain viable job skills — but may not have had the opportunity to do so before now — with the education and training 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 Dental Programs alongside clinical faculty and DDS students in the Group Practices and specialty care clinics.

Following the ceremony, the graduates and their families were honored at a gala reception.
 



Academy of Distinguished Educators Announces Winners of its Clinical & Educational Scholarship Showcase

Academy of Distinguished Educators Announces Winners of its Clinical & Educational Scholarship Showcase

The Academy of Distinguished Educators held its annual Clinical & Educational Scholarship Showcase on Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29. The Showcase highlighted the breadth of clinical and educational scholarship being conducted by faculty at the College.

The Showcase seeks to:

  • Raise awareness of the outstanding patient treatment and teaching taking place at the College
  • Emphasize the role that faculty play in both the education of our students and the treatment of our patient population
  • Give faculty and students an opportunity to present examples of their work to the entire College community
  • Give faculty a venue for academic portfolio development with the goal of creating high levels of scholarly activity that will be submitted for publication

The winners of this year's Showcase are:

Clinical Scholarship

1st Place

  • Dr. Leila Jahangiri and Niki Haj Hariri, ’19
    Prosthetic Challenges in Oral Rehabilitation of Parkinson's Patients

2nd Place

  • Dr. Sonal Shah
    Diagnostic Dilemma: Rare Oral Autoimmune Diseases Presenting in Hispanic Males

Educational Scholarship

1st Place

2nd place

  • Dr. Mitchell Lipp; Lyndon Tran, ’19; Cassandra Pinkerous, ’20; Julia Kohler, ’21
    Dental Students Just Want to Have FUN: Let's Play Dealodontics

Favorite for Creativity and Design

 

     

 Faculty and Staff Receive 25-Year Service Awards

Faculty and Staff Receive 25-Year Service Awards

Full- and part-time faculty and staff were honored with special service awards at a dinner in their honor this past week in recognition of 25 years of service to the University. Receiving the awards were:

  • Marcia De La Rosa, PSR, pediatric dentistry;
  • Herbert S. Westrich, adjunct clinical assistant professor, cariology and comprehensive care;
  • Julie Yip, associate professor, periodontology & implant dentistry;
  • Lisa Stefanou, clinical associate professor of dental hygiene;
  • Ivan Cornejo, group practice academic coordinator, cariology and comprehensive care;
  • Jane McCutcheon, associate professor, basic science & craniofacial biology;
  • Arnold Ray, clinical associate professor, cariology & comprehensive care;
  • Samuel Kramer, clinical assistant professor, endodontics;
  • Edward Duarte, supply assistant, Materials management; 
  • Martin Schwartz, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Cariology and Comprehensive Care.

To learn more, visit the University Service Awards page.

 

Welcome New Employees

Joining Our Community are:

  • Waleed Ahmad, as a dental hygienist in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Roji Amatya, as a dental hygienist in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Philip Buccigrossi, as clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Sonia Barker, as a sterilization technician in the central sterilization unit.
  • Carlos Calderon, as a dental assistant in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Yana Chertok, as clinic manager in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Ericka Gil, as a patient service representative in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Claudia Gomez, as a dental hygienist in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Sidney Gonzalez, as a dental hygienist in in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Melih Karabas, as a supply assistant for materials management.
  • Jarrett A. Pikser, as clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Monica Bebawy, as adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Wayne W. Hsieh, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Kristin Juelson, as nurse practitioner in the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities.
  • Douglas H. King, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Roy Lee, as adjunct instructor for the dental hygiene program.
  • Bard Levey, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Jesse Lisnow, as department administrator in the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.
  • Marlene Martinez, as a dental hygienist in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Evans Ntsor, as a sterilization technician in the central sterilization unit.
  • Mariel Nunez, as a dental assistant in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Inez Perez, as a dental hygienist in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Victoria Ra, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.
  • Priyanka Singh, as clinic team manager in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Raveena Singh, as adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Shruti Vaidya-Kane, as adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.

 

Congratulations to
  • Maya Ardon, director of student affairs, for being selected as a 2018-2019 Distinguished Administrator, the University's highest administrative honor.
  • Jonathan L. Ferencz, adjunct professor of prosthodontics, on authoring the book Fundamentals of CAD/CAM Dentistry with co-author Nelson Silva.
  • David L. Glotzer, clinical professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on authoring “Dentists: Critical aspects of their own and their community's disaster preparedness plan” for the fall 2018 American Journal of Disaster Medicine, with Mark S. Wolff, professor emeritus and Sharon Perelman.
  • Ronald Kosinski, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry and academic director of the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities, for participating in the Healthcare Innovations Panel on March 13, 2019.
  • Eugenia Mejia, assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management, on being appointed to the ADEA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee; the ADA's Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL)'s Dental Admission Testing Committee; the NYS Career and Technical education (CTE) Healthcare Commission; and the NYU Global Officers Inclusion Committee.
  • Miriam R. Robbins, adjunct associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology, and medicine on authoring a chapter titled, "Pharmacologic Management of Patients with Neurologic Disorders" in the textbook Contemporary Dental Pharmacology: Evidence-Based Considerations, and on being awarded the Lawrence J. Chasko award from the Special Care Dentistry Association.
  • Maria P. Rodriguez Cardenas, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being named an editor of the International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health.
  • Brenda Shah, Class of 2020, on being elected to the American Student Dental Association Board of Trustees.
  • Cheryl M. Westphal Theile, clinical professor, associate dean for allied dental programs, and director of dental hygiene, Mea A. Weinberg, clinical professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, and Stuart L. Segelnick, adjunct clinical professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on editing the book Clinical Cases in Dental Hygiene.


Promoting Our Own
  • Sarah Torosyan, formerly administrative aide for the office of clinical affairs, has been promoted to clinical affairs manager.

 

February/March


White Coat Ceremony 2019 Celebrates DDS and Dental Hygiene Students

White Coat Ceremony 2019 Celebrates DDS and Dental Hygiene Students

The 2019 White Coat Ceremony was held on February 11, 2019, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Faculty, family, and friends joined in the annual celebration signifying students' entry into the clinical care phase of their journey toward becoming dentists and dental hygienists. This year's Ceremony was especially jubilant, as DDS and Dental Hygiene program students received their white coats together for the first time.
 



Celebrating Excellence

Third Annual Dean's Honors Day Spotlights Major Professional Distinctions

Third Annual Dean's Honors Day Spotlights Major Professional Distinctions

On March 10, 2019, the College held it third annual Dean's Honors Day, a gala celebration of major professional distinctions attained by our faculty, administrators, and staff during the previous calendar year.

Recipients of Dean's Honors Day recognition were selected on the basis of exceptional accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research, service to the profession, innovation, and administration – both intra- and extramurally.

In his remarks, Dean Bertolami said, "The caliber of our faculty, administrators, and staff is such that each year they earn professional distinctions at a level and of a magnitude that you don’t often see. With this annual event, we seek to recognize and thank them in an especially meaningful way."

Each honoree received a gift of a glass tumbler embossed with the NYU motto – Perstare et praestare – To persevere and to excel – as “an emblem of the professional distinctions which you have earned and which, in turn, have brought great honor to the College."

"As I have said on previous occasions," he continued, "the level of professional distinction within our community is one of the key assets which differentiate NYU Dentistry from other dental schools. As you look around the room at today's Celebration of Excellence, and as you read through the program and note all of the distinctive achievements of this elite group, I hope you will join me in congratulating our colleagues and in appreciating what a remarkable time it is to be a part of NYU Dentistry."

View the 2019 Dean’s Honors Day program (PDF) >>>
 



Juliana Cools Selected to Receive Give-A-Violet Award

Juliana Cools

Juliana Cools, program coordinator for the graduate program in clinical research in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, has been selected to receive a 2018-2019 Give-A-Violet Award.

The Give-A-Violet Award annually recognizes and celebrates University administrators and staff who perform above and beyond the normal scope of their position and responsibilities. In selecting recipients, the following criteria are weighted extensively: integrity, respect, customer focus, teamwork, adaptability, and commitment to diversity.
Juliana and the other 11 recipients of the 2018-2019 Give-A-Violet Award are invited to a special luncheon reception hosted by NYU’s Vice President of Human Resources and receive a commemorative pin and gift.

Please join us in offering hearty congratulations to Juliana.



Alumni Reunion 2019

Alumni Reunion 2019

On Saturday, March 9, 2019, the Office of Development & Alumni Relations welcomed back the classes of 2014, 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974 and 1969 for a wonderful evening at Tribeca 360. Hats off to the 2019 Reunion Committee, led by Dr. Fabiola Milord, Class of '94, for making this year’s reunion such a success.

 

January


"Ring in the New Year" Celebration 2019

The Dean's 2019 "Ring in the New Year" celebration was held on Friday, January 22, at Dave & Buster’s.

"RING IN THE NEW YEAR" CELEBRATION 2019



Welcome New Employees

Joining Our Community are:

  • Eman Aboseria, as a junior research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • David Alexander, as adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion. 
  • Reem Alhussain, as adjunct instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Asma Almaidhan, as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthodontics.
  • Andrew Andrawis, as adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry.
  • Jennifer Arzu, as an administrative aide for Continuing Dental Education. 
  • Andrew Baez, as senior human resources assistant in the Office of Human Resources and Faculty Services.
  • Tamarinda Jean Barry Godin, as assistant research scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Beheshta Bassam, as adjunct clinical instructor for the allied health program and dental hygiene.
  • Arthur Bigsby III, as adjunct instructor for the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Genevieve Boivin, as adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Farinaz Bokhour, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.
  • Melissa Boucaud, as a junior research scientist in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Scott Bradley, as program coordinator for student life and engagement in for the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Ashley Budasoff, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Teemar Carey, as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Ruma Chowdhury, as adjunct instructor for the allied health program and dental hygiene. 
  • Tony I. Chung, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Denise Clement, as a dental assistant in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. 
  • Alayna Colburn, as a junior research scientist instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Kaleena Cook, as a junior research scientist instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Christopher Robert Damurjian, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Maria Dimino, as adjunct clinical instructor for the allied health program and dental hygiene.
  • Manisha Dixit, as a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • Bianca Capri Drew, as a social worker/patient advocate. 
  • Marina Dunayevsky, as clinic manager in the faculty practice.
  • Marc S. Fenster, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Ashley S. Fleming, as a patient service representative for clinic operations. 
  • Ali Forghani, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.
  • Josephine Garcia, as junior research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • Forouzan Ghaffari, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Kim E. Goldman, as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Fernando Gonzalez, as a customer service representative for patient care services. 
  • Meeta Grewal, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Rosie Guzman, as a Dental Assistant in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 
  • Caila Holm, as a junior research scientist, in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • Amel Ibrahim, as a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics.
  • Chibuike Ihewulezi, as a junior research scientist, in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • Sandy Joseph, as a student retention and academic advising administrator for the Allied Health Program and Dental Hygiene.
  • Derek Kelly, as director of international programs.
  • Hoon Kim, as a visiting adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Orthodontics.
  • Elizabeth M. Krause, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Gregory Kurgansky, as a junior research scientist in the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics.
  • Lisa Lian, as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Chek Hai Lim, as an assistant research scientist in the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics.
  • Kimberly MacGregor, as adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Kristin Memoli, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Vanessa Morisset, as a supply assistant for materials management.
  • Wilmer D. Palma Diaz Soto, as a dental assistant for patient care services. 
  • Ekta Parasher, as a patient care coordinator for the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities.
  • Aleja Parsons, as an instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Leighton Pitter, as clinic manager in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  • Xiaoyun Qiu, as an assistant research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • Katherine Ramirez, as a telephone service representative for clinical support services. 
  • Nydia Santiago-Galvin, as an assistant research scientist for the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Alpana Saxena, as a post-doctoral associate for the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • Alex Sheen, as a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Raj Sheth, as a junior research scientist in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Mahadeo Temal, as electronic health record administrator and report writer.
  • Catherine Then, as a patient service representative for clinic operations. 
  • Javier Velez, as clinic manager for the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Thomas Viola, as adjunct instructor for the allied health program and dental hygiene.
  • Lixiang Wang, as an associate research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • Crystal Warren, as an admissions officer for the allied health program and dental hygiene.
  • Rachel Whittemore, as a clinical research coordinator for the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Everneese Williams, as an administrative aide for clinical support services. 
  • Tamar Winters, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Evelyn Seungmin Woo, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • John Yacoub, as adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.

 

Congratulations to
  • Shulamite Huang, research instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, on authoring "Spillovers from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Employer-sponsored dental insurance enrollment" for the December 2018 issue of JADA.
  • Gabriela Gonzalez, on being appointed administrative aide in administrative services.
  • Austin Le, Class of 2020, on coauthoring a study about trends in tryptamine use in young adults in the United States.
  • William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being named editor-in-chief of Archives of Dentistry; on authoring an article titled "The Dental and Oral Significance of Hutchinson-gilford Progeria Syndrome" and "The Health Effects of the Abuse of Ketamine" for Arch Dent and "The Unfortunate and Painful Dental History of George Washington" for the November, 2018 New York State Dental Journal, and "Lucy Hobbs Taylor: a trailblazing pioneer in dentistry" for NYSDA News, and "A Dental Practice of the Samurai" for NYSDA News, which he co-authored with Laurie R. Fleisher, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care and of endodontics.
  • Maureen McAndrew, clinical professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on authoring "A Survey of Faculty Development in U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools: Types of Activities and Institutional Entity with Responsibility" for the Journal of Dental Education, and "A Long-Term Follow-Up Study of Former Dental School Teaching Assistants: Are They Teaching After Graduation?" for the Journal of Dental Education, which she co-authored with Oksana Nad, Class of 2019.
  • Vanessa Perez, on being appointed clinic manager of the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities.

 

Promoting Our Own
  • Catherine Aguirre, formerly a dental insurance analyst, has been promoted to clinical applications administrator.
  • Terry-Ann P. Brown, formerly a patient services representative in the Department of Oral Surgery, has been promoted to clinic manager in clinic operations.
  • Ann Marie Garriques has been promoted to patient service representative for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Wendy Huang, formerly senior human resources assistant, has been promoted to faculty services administrator.
  • Liza Khan, formerly department administrator for Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics has been promoted to Department Manager.
  • Lillian M. Moran has been promoted to senior educational technologist in academic affairs and research.
  • Meg Mullen, formerly clinical applications administrator, has been promoted to director of dental health informatics.
  • Joanna Nimani, formerly a dental assistant in the Department of Prosthodontics, has been promoted to implant inventory assistant in the central dental lab.
  • Amanda Pierre-Pierre, formerly a supply assistant, has been promoted to patient service representative.
  • Amelia Pizarro, formerly a customer service representative in patient care services, has been promoted to patient service representative for the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities.
  • Cynthia Ramirez, formerly a patient service representative, has been promoted to administrative aide II for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine. 
  • Keegan Temanu has been promoted distribution manager for the Central Sterilization Unit.
  • Molly Washburn, formerly department administrator for the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, has been promoted to assistant director of communications and public affairs.
  • Allison Wilson, formerly a supply assistant in the central dental lab, has been promoted to implant inventory assistant.