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Faculty Experts Media Guide

The faculty at NYU College of Dentistry comprises a dynamic group of experts, many of whom frequently serve as media sources. In this online guide, all areas of expertise are listed by subject and NYU College of Dentistry experts in the various subject areas are listed under each subject heading. A Subject Index follows with more detail.

To be put in touch with a faculty expert, please contact:

Elyse Bloom
Assistant Dean for Communications and Public Affairs
(212) 998-9910

 

Alzheimer’s Disease

Link to periodontal disease

Angela R. Kamer
 

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Andrew I. Spielman
 

Basic Dental Care

Cleanings, routine exams, sealants, fillings, fluoride treatment

Kenneth Allen
Andrew Schenkel
Cheryline Pezzullo
 

Biomaterials

Diagnostic screening devices and materials to replace missing dental and facial structures

John McDevitt
Paulo Coelho
John Ricci
Yu Zhang

Birth Defects/Dental Deformities

Cleft Lip and Palate

Robert Glickman
Vasiliki Karlis
Marci H. Levine
 

Bone Loss

Osteoporosis

Nicola Partridge

Bone Regeneration

Paulo Coelho

Braces (Orthodontics)

Olivier Nicolay
Joana Forsea

Bruxism

Teeth Grinding

Leila Jahangiri
Cosmo DeSteno

Cavities

Kenneth Allen
Richard Niederman
Anabella Oquendo Parilli

Children’s Dentistry

Amr Moursi
Courtney Chinn
Ronald Kosinski

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Smile Makeovers

John Calamia
Anabella Oquendo Parilli
Denise Estafan
Gerald Klaczany
 

Crowns, Bridges, Dentures

Leila Jahanghiri
Mijin Choi
Ashok Soni

 

Dental Hygiene

Cheryl Westphal Theile
Rosemary Hays
Lisa Stefanou

Dental Phobias

Hillary Broder

Evidence-based Dentistry

Richard Niederman
Analia Veitz-Keenan
 

Gum Disease

(See Periodontics)
 

Implant Dentistry

Leila Jahangiri
Edgard Elchaar
Vera Tang

Infectious Diseases

Salivary Diagnostics

Daniel Malamud
 

Oral Cancer

Brian Schmidt
Ross Kerr
 

Oral Health for Older Adults

Rima Bachiman Sehl
 

Oral Medicine

Oral mucosal abnormalities: growths, ulcers, infection, allergies, immune-mediated and autoimmune disorders, salivary gland disorders

Denise Trochesset
Ross Kerr
 

Orthodontics

(See Braces)
 

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Kenneth E. Fleisher

Pediatric Dentistry

(See Children's Dentistry)
 

People with Disabilities

Ron Kosinski
 

Periodontics

(See Gum Disease)
 

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Stefanie L. Russell

Root Canal

Endodontics

Asgeir Sigurdsson
Matthew Malek

Sleep Apnea

Kenneth E. Fleisher
 

Taste and Smell Disorders

Andrew I. Spielman
 

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

Robert Glickman
Marci Levine
Karen Raphael
 

ANGELA R. KAMER, DMD, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

  • EXPERTISE:
    Establishing a link between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontal (gum) disease.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease; paper presented at the 2008 Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease, "Periodontal Bacterial Antibodies May Help Discriminate Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Normal Patients – A Pilot Study."

RIMA BACHIMAN SEHL, DDS, MPA
Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

  • EXPERTISE:
    Geriatric dentistry, preventive dentistry, and health promotion
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    President, Greater New York Chapter, American Society for Geriatric Dentistry.

VASILIKI KARLIS, DMD, MD
Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • EXPERTISE:
    Surgical repair of pediatric cleft lip and palate.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Organizer of outreach missions to repair cleft lip and palate in underserved populations in Mexico and Colombia.

MARCI H. LEVINE, DMD, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NYU College of Dentistry; attending surgeon at the NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center

  • EXPERTISE:
    A skilled surgeon specializing in the surgical correction of dentofacial deformities, such as underbites, overbites and asymmetries of the jaws, and the management of temporomandibular joint disease (TMD/TMJ); practitioner in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including treatment planning and placing of dental implants, surgically extracting wisdom teeth, and using intravenous conscious sedation for oral surgery patients.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    DMD degree cum laude from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine; MD degree from the Harvard Medical School; completed a six-year residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an advanced fellowship in the surgical correction of dentofacial deformities at Lenox Hill Hospital; a candidate for board certification and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York County Dental Society.

HILLARY BRODER, MEd, PhD
Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

  • EXPERTISE:
    Communication in health care; community outreach to diverse patient groups; quality of life; psychosocial aspects in orthodontic/cleft / craniofacial care.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Former Acting Chair of the Department of Community Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Dental School; former Hunterdon Professor in Community Health at UMDNJ.

OLIVIER NICOLAY, DDS. MMSc
Chair, Department of Orthodontics; Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics; Director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedics

  • EXPERTISE:
    Orthognathic surgery and lingual orthodontics.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Program Director, Columbia University Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics, 1984–1989; Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics.

 

COSMO V. DESTENO, DMD, PhD  

  • EXPERTISE:
    Implant dentistry; prosthodontics; temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Former COO, New Jersey Dental School-Center for Dental and Oral Health and Dental Implant Center; former Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs; Associate Dean for Extramural Affairs; and Vice Dean, all at New Jersey Dental School; Past President of the American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation and of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics

KENNETH ALLEN, DDS, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

  • EXPERTISE:
    Caries (cavity) formation and prevention.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Full-time clinical dental educator and researcher.

AMR M. MOURSI, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry

  • EXPERTISE:
    Children’s oral health; dental sealants; birth defects of the head and skull; oral health care for pregnant women.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

JILL FERNANDEZ, RDH, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry; Director of Pediatric Outreach Programs

  • EXPERTISE:
    Disease prevention and health promotion for children.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Leading global pediatric outreach and prevention programs.

NEAL HERMAN, DDS
Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry

  • EXPERTISE:
    Pediatric dentistry public health programs.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Senior policy advisor, Bureau of Oral Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Fellow, American Association of Hospital Dentists; Diplomate, American Board of Special Care Dentistry; Region II Head Start Consultant, US Department of Health and Human Services.

NANCY DOUGHERTY, DMD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry; Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry

  • EXPERTISE:
    Oral health care for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry and Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry; Diplomate, American Board of Special Care Dentistry.

JOHN R. CALAMIA, DMD
Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

  • EXPERTISE:
    Esthetic dentistry; smile makeovers; porcelain veneers.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Taught restorative dentistry full time for the past 30 years at the NYU College of Dentistry; maintains a private practice in New York City; recognized as a co-developer of the etched porcelain veneer; past Chairman of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s University Advisory Council.

DENISE J. ESTAFAN, DDS, MS
Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; Co-Director, Aesthetics, Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

  • EXPERTISE:
    Veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays; tooth whitening; smile makeovers.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    National and international lecturer on dental materials relating to restorative dentistry and CAD/CAM technology.

GERALD M. KLACZANY, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

  • EXPERTISE:
    Aesthetic dentistry.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Principal investigator on several plaque studies

CHERYL M. WESTPHAL THEILE, RDH EdD
Clinical Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene; Assistant Dean for Allied Health Programs

  • EXPERTISE:
    Culturally competent care and health beliefs.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Fellow, American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute; active in mentoring for the ADEA Allied Dental Directors Leadership conferences; Past President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

ROSEMARY HAYS, RDH, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene

  • EXPERTISE:
    Dental hygiene.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Assistant Director of Admissions, NYU Dental Hygiene Program; member, Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society; American Dental Hygienists’ Association; American Dental Education Association.

HILARY BRODER

ANDREW I. SPIELMAN, DMD, MS, PhD
Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

  • EXPERTISE:
    Taste and smell disorders; preventing bad breath (halitosis); the digital curriculum in dental education; smoking prevention for preteens.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU College of Dentistry; American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Vital Source Technology Educator Award

PETER MYCHAJLIW, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care

  • EXPERTISE:
    New York State Department of Health Approved Infection Control Trainer for Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, Dental Hygiene, and Allied Health Professionals.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Has lectured widely for over 15 years in areas including dental implants, hospital dentistry, dental materials, and infection control/OSHA requirements for dentistry

LEILA JAHANGIRI, DMD, MMSc
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Prosthodontics

  • EXPERTISE:
    Dental implants and dentures.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Member, Editorial Review Board, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

DEEPAK SAXENA, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

  • EXPERTISE:
    Classifying bacterial strains involved in human health and disease.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Using squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), Dr. Saxena is trying to develop “unique bacterial signatures” and identify various bacteria that are predominantly presenting SCC and ONJ. Dr. Saxena’s research was recently awarded a $264,000 NIH grant to identify bacteria residing in the human oral cavity.

ROSS KERR, DDS, MSD
Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

  • EXPERTISE:
    Oral cancer: causes, early detection, and treatment; tobacco use and oral cancer.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Former Director, Oral Cancer Consortium of New York and New Jersey.

BRIAN SCHMIDT, DDS, MD, PhD
Director, Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • EXPERTISE:
    Symptom management and care of oral cancer patients.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Former Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology Fellowship; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program; and Vice Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, all at the University of California, San Francisco.

ROBERT S. GLICKMAN, DMD
Professor and Chair, Mecca Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • EXPERTISE:
    Surgery for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Vice Chair, Internal Review Board, NYU School of Medicine.

MARCI H. LEVINE, DMD, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NYU College of Dentistry; attending surgeon at the NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center

  • EXPERTISE:
    A skilled surgeon specializing in the surgical correction of dentofacial deformities, such as underbites, overbites and asymmetries of the jaws, and the management of temporomandibular joint disease (TMD/TMJ); practitioner in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including treatment planning and placing of dental implants, surgically extracting wisdom teeth, and using intravenous conscious sedation for oral surgery patients.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    DMD degree cum laude from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine; MD degree from the Harvard Medical School; completed a six-year residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an advanced fellowship in the surgical correction of dentofacial deformities at Lenox Hill Hospital; a candidate for board certification and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York County Dental Society.

See Braces

KENNETH E. FLEISHER, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • EXPERTISE:
    Treatments for sleep apnea and osteonecrosis of the jaw
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; recipient, NYU Goddard Faculty Fellowship Award (2004).

STEFANIE L. RUSSELL, DDS, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Health Promotion and of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry

  • EXPERTISE:
    Oral health care for pregnant women; link between pregnancy and tooth loss.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Course director for Review of Clinical Trial Protocols for the MS in Clinical Research Program; former Director of the Summer Research Program for incoming dental and nursing students, NYU College of Dentistry.

CHARLES N. BERTOLAMI, DDS, DMedSc
Herman Robert Fox Dean; Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • EXPERTISE:
    Professional ethics; orofacial tissue repair; wound healing.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Former Dean and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry; President, American Association for Dental Research (AADR) (2002-03); President, American Dental Education Association (ADEA) (2008-09); Co-Chair, Macy Foundation-supported ADEA-American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) panel on Curriculum and Clinical Training in Oral Health for Physicians and Dentists; Co-Chair, NIH Blue Ribbon Panel on Research Training and Development.

PAUL A. ROSENBERG, DDS
Professor and Chair, Quartararo Department of Endodontics

  • EXPERTISE:
    Causes, prevention, and treatment of endodontic pain.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Professor and Chair, Quartararo Department of Endodontics; Director, American Board of Endodontics (2002-2008).

DANIEL MALAMUD, PhD
Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology; Director, HIV and AIDS Research Program

  • EXPERTISE:
    Salivary diagnostics; HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Principal investigator on a five-year, $6.2 million NIH grant awarded in 2007 for research to define the interactions between host defense molecules and bacteria in HIV infection and subsequent antiretroviral therapy; principal investigator on a five-year, $9 million NIH grant awarded in 2006 to study oral fluid-based diagnostics.

KENNETH E. FLEISHER, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • EXPERTISE:
    Treatments for sleep apnea and osteonecrosis of the jaw
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; recipient, NYU Goddard Faculty Fellowship Award (2004).

ANDREW I. SPIELMAN, DMD, MS, PhD
Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

  • EXPERTISE:
    Taste and smell disorders; preventing bad breath (halitosis); the digital curriculum in dental education; smoking prevention for preteens.
  • PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU College of Dentistry; American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Vital Source Technology Educator Award