Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson, associate professor and chair of the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, has been named the inaugural Presley Elmer Ellsworth Professor of Endodontics.
The professorship was established in 1997 through a bequest made by Robert Ellsworth, a Manhattan-based American art dealer in Asian paintings and furniture from the Ming dynasty. Mr. Ellsworth died in 2014. The bequest was made in honor of his late father, Dr. Presley Elmer Ellsworth, an endodontist who taught for many years at NYU.
"We are incredibly grateful for this bequest from the estate of Robert Ellsworth that has enabled us to establish the Ellsworth Professorship," said Dean Bertolami. "Endowed chairs carry prestige and honor for the chair holders and the people and organizations whose names they carry. They help us advance research and provide exceptional patient care by offering stability through consistent funding. We couldn't be more appreciative," he added.
"It is especially meaningful to all of us at the College to name Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson as the inaugural Ellsworth Professor. He has made tremendous contributions to the field of endodontics and has influenced endodontists around the world," continued Dean Bertolami.
"It is truly an honor to be named the inaugural Presley Elmer Ellsworth Endowed Professor in Endodontics," said Dr. Sigurdsson.