Dr. Andrew I. Spielman received his D.M.D. degree (summa cum laude and valedictorian) from University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tirgu Mures, Romania (1974), Masters in Science (1985) and Ph. D. in Biochemistry (1988) from University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, his Certificate in Maxillofacial Surgery from the Israel Institute of Technology (The Technion), School of Medicine, RAMBAM Hospital, Haifa, Israel (1981), and a post-doctoral education at Monell Center, Philadelphia (neuroscience of taste, 1989). In 2018 he obtained a Certificate in History of Medicine (on-line, non-degree) from Oxford University, UK. In 1989, he was appointed to the faculty at NYU College of Dentistry, tenured in 1996 and named full professor in the current department in 1999. He has been Adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anatomy, School of Dental Medicine (2004-2007), and Affiliated Scientist at Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA. (1989-present).
He has been a faculty at New York University College of Dentistry since 1989 teaching cell biology, biochemistry, integration of clinical with basic sciences, and since 2007, a full semester (elective) course in History of Dentistry and Medicine. He was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2001-2018) and Chair of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology (1998-2001, and interim chair 2018-2019). Author of over 120 papers, reviews and chapters, coeditor of a book on Experimental Cell Biology of Taste and Smell (CRC Press, 1995), and the author of a recently published two-volume commemorative 150-Year History of NYU College of Dentistry. He is recipient of 3 teaching awards, one from NYU and two from ADEA. He was a founding member of the Committee on Integrated National Board Examination in the US and former Chair of the Joint Commission on the National Dental Board Examinations (2010-2011). Has served as CODA curriculum consultant for the past 18 years. He has been recently elected President of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry (2018-2021).
As Director of the NYU College of Dentistry Rare Book Library since 2019, he has been active in enlarging, digitizing and publicizing its content. He is currently working on an Encyclopædia of History of Dentistry with an anticipated publication date of 2022.
In collaboration with the late Professor Crispian Scully (UK) and HealthCare Learning (UK) he developed on-line learning modules that integrate basic and clinical science concepts in the context of 54 major, frequent and critical medical conditions.
Director, Rare Book Library and Historical Archives
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