Celebrating Our Community

November


HSDA Students and Faculty Advisors Win 1st Place in the Colgate-Palmolive Nuestros Niños Competition from the Hispanic Dental Association

HSDA Students and Faculty Advisors Win 1st Place

From left: Dr. Pezzullo, Ms. Aya, Ms. Mancuso, and Dr. Amable

Vanessa Mancuso, '20, president of the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA), Stephanie Aya, '20, HSDA vice president, Dr. Rose Amable, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Dr. Cheryline Pezzullo, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, received first place in the Colgate-Palmolive Nuestros Niños Competition from the Hispanic Dental Association. Their winning case study, Mesiodens: A Clinical Comprehensive Evaluation of Pediatric Patients in a School-based Dental Program, was based on the dental treatment provided at PS 188 as part of the Bringing Smiles Dental Education Program.

Ms. Mancuso and Ms. Aya will receive a $5,000 award and will be invited to present the case study with Drs. Amable and Pezzullo at the HDA Annual Conference at the Greater New York Dental Meeting on Saturday, November 30th. In addition, the NYU Dentistry chapter of the HSDA will receive a $500 award in recognition of the winning case study.

 


 

Dental Assisting Certificate Program Graduates Fourth Cohort of Students

Dental Assisting Certificate Program Graduates

On October 9, 2019, the College celebrated the graduation of the fourth cohort of students enrolled in the Dental Assisting Certificate Program.

The graduates—six students admitted to this highly selective, six-month, tuition-free program—were all recruited from the College’s patient population, 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 faculty from the Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting 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.



 

11th Strategic Planning Plenary Event Draws Over 250 Faculty, Students, and Staff

Fall 2019 Strategic Planning Plenary Council

The College held its 11th Strategic Planning Plenary event on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in the Kimmel Center's Rosenthal Pavilion, drawing over 250 faculty members, students, and staff for an open discussion on the direction in which the NYU Dentistry community would like to move.

The afternoon opened up with remarks by NYU President Andrew Hamilton, followed by Dean Charles N. Bertolami's welcome. Dr. Michael O'Connor, executive vice dean for administration, development, finance, clinical, and student services, provided an update on strategic initiatives at the College and invited comments from the participants. As in previous sessions, open discussion from the participants addressed "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 a reception.

 


 

Department of Pediatric Dentistry Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Department of Pediatric Dentistry Celebrates 80th Anniversary

From October 12–13, NYU Dentistry's Department of Pediatrics hosted its 80th anniversary celebration, which included the William R. Lynch Pediatrics Alumni Symposium. Alumni, faculty, friends, and students attended CE lectures with special guests, including Special Olympics Special Smiles founder Dr. Stephen Perlman, DDS '72. Guests enjoyed tours of the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities, led by Dr. Ron Kosinski, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry and clinical director of the center, and Dr. Amr Moursi, chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

 


 

2019 Northeast Implant Symposium Draws More Than 300 Attendees

2019 Northeast Implant Symposium

The 2019 Northeast Implant Symposium, hosted by the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, was held at the College from October 25 to 26, drawing more than 300 attendees. The three-day event commemorated the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Symposium at NYU Dentistry. In addition to NYU, participating organizations included Columbia, Harvard, Temple, Tufts, Connecticut, Maryland, Veterans Affairs NY Harbor Healthcare System, Montefiore, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Rutgers, and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate Dental School. Student projects were presented on Thursday and Friday and a post-symposium meeting and a presentation for students, “Charting Your Career Path Post-graduation,” concluded the event on Saturday.

North East Implant Symposium Event Program (PDF) >>>

 


 

NYU Dentistry Hosts 3rd Annual Shils Stars Dental Student Competition and D4 Student Wins Prize

NYU Dentistry Hosts 3rd Annual Shils Stars Dental Student Competition

On October 16, NYU Dentistry hosted the third annual Shils Stars Dental Student Competition and its 17th annual awards ceremony. The event was sponsored by the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneural Fund, a nonprofit organization devoted to innovation in health care.

The Shils Stars Dental Student Competition included submissions from US- and Canada-based dental students who pitched their ideas, innovations, and inventions to a panel of judges led by Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officers of Henry Schein, Inc.

Congratulations to Fareed Tareen, '20, who won the 4th place award for his innovation, "The Invisible Needle Syringe."

 


 

NYU Dentistry Alumni Association Convenes Panel for NYU Alumni Weekend

NYU Dentistry Alumni Association Convenes Panel for NYU Alumni Weekend

On Saturday, October 26, the NYU Dentistry Alumni Association participated in the NYU Alumni Weekend with a panel discussion, “Debunking Dental Myths.” Fabiola Milord, MPH ’13, DDS ’94, moderated the panel of alumni participants, which included Amin Ayoub, DDS ’92, Angela De Bartolo, DDS ’97, Lucretia DePaola-Cefola, DDS ’83, MS ’78, BA ’76, and Julian Isaacs, DDS ’11. The panelists fielded oral health questions posed by NYU alumni, students, and guests.

 


 

Fall Mentorship Series Welcomes Back Recent Alumni To Share Early Career Experiences

Fall Mentorship Series Welcomes Back Recent Alumni

On Wednesday, October 23rd, the NYU Dentistry Student Government and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations Recent Alumni Committee jointly hosted the Fall Mentorship Series, a panel discussion designed to provide career guidance for graduating students.

The panel was moderated by Nojan Bakhtiari, DDS, '11, and included: Edly Destine, DDS, '13; Jacqueline Dikansky, DDS, '15; Nicole Giacalone, AAS, '14; Kristine Hassan, DDS, '13; Julian Isaacs, DDS, '11; John Matthes, DDS, '13; and Dorrie Miller, AAS, '11, BS, '12.

 


 

DDS Student Government Hosts First Ever Wellness Week

DDS Student Government Hosts First Ever Wellness Week

DDS Student Government held their first ever Wellness Week in collaboration with Dental Mindfulness and Fitness Society (DMFS) and Women in Dentistry (WinD). The events were held from October 21 to 24 and included a mindfulness lunch and learn, a meditation session, a free Equinox Class, and a free yoga class.

 

October


Oral Cancer Walk Raises Over $30,000 to Support Research and New Patient Care Initiatives at the NYU Oral Cancer Center

2019 Annual Oral Cancer Walk

More than 500 people participated in the College’s annual Oral Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The walk, which raised over $30,000, began at NYU Dentistry then made a loop around the East Village and ended with a family-themed reception on East 25th Street featuring donuts, pumpkin decorating, and free oral cancer screenings. The College plans to use the funds raised to support research and a wellness center to combat pre-surgery anxiety in patients. In addition to coverage of the event by The Villager and Washington Square News, WABC Radio's Katz’s Corner broadcast an interview with Dr. Brian Schmidt, director of the NYU Oral Cancer Center, about the importance of early detection and prevention of oral cancer.

 


 

Korean Student Dental Association and NYU Meyers College of Nursing Students Bring Health Services to Korean New Yorkers

Korean Student Dental Association and NYU Meyers College

On September 21, 2019, dental students from the College's Korean Student Dental Association (KSDA) and nursing students from NYU Meyers College of Nursing joined forces for a community outreach at the Dong Po Festival hosted by Korean Community Services of New York. Drs. Mary Kang and Wayne Kye from NYU Dentistry and Dr. Chin Park from NYU Meyers helped to foster the collaboration and provided onsite faculty supervision.

"The NYU Dentistry KSDA provided oral health screenings while the NYU Meyers students performed general health screenings and provided basic CPR lessons, creating an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of how oral and systemic health are related," said Dong Hyun Kim, '21, president of KSDA. The outreach was featured in the Korean New York Daily newspaper.
 

September


Doctor Radio's The Dental Health Show Focuses on the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities

Doctor Radio's The Dental Health Show

From left: Dr. Amr Moursi, Ms. Kristin Juelson, Dr. Nancy Dougherty, and Dr. Ronald Kosinski.


Doctor Radio's The Dental Health Show

From left: Dr. Amr Moursi, Dean Charles Bertolami, Executive Vice Dean Michael O'Connor, and Mr. Marco Damiani.

On Monday, September 23, Doctor Radio's The Dental Health Show on Sirius XM broadcast a special two-hour program hosted by Dr. Amr Moursi, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, focusing on what the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities (OHCPD) is doing to break down barriers to oral healthcare for people with disabilities. Guests included Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, Herman Robert Fox Dean of NYU Dentistry; Dr. Michael P. O’Connor, executive vice dean for administration, development, clinical and student services; Mr. Marco Damiani, CEO of AHRC New York City; Dr. Ronald Kosinski, clinical director of the OHCPD; Kristin A. Juelson, nurse practitioner at the OHCPD; and Dr. Nancy Dougherty, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry at the OHCPD.

 


 

Faculty Council Teaching Awards Ceremony

Faculty Council Teaching Award Ceremony

From left: Dr. Wayne Kye, Dr. Paul Zhivago, Dr. Tara Byrd, Prof. Shirley Birenz, Dr. Vasiliki Karlis, and Dr. Cristián Stefan. Not pictured: Dr. Michelle Harutunian.


Each year, the College's Faculty Council recognizes excellence in teaching and mentoring. The 2019 award recipients were: Ms. Shirley Birenz, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene; Dr. Tara Byrd, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care; Dr. Michelle Harutunian, adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care; Dr. Vasiliki Karlis, associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery; Dr. Wayne Kye, clinical associate professor of periodontology & implant dentistry; Dr. Cristián Stefan, clinical professor of basic science and craniofacial biology; Dr. Paul Zhivago, adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics. The winners received their awards at a ceremony held in Nagle Auditorium on Wednesday, September 25. The College congratulates these outstanding faculty who reaffirm the importance of teaching to the College and to advancing its mission of providing the best dental education for its students.
 


   

Dr. Lorel Burns

Dr. Lorel Burns Named 2019 Endodontic Educator Fellow

The Foundation for Endodontics has named Lorel E. Burns, DDS, MS, its 2019 Endodontic Educator Fellow. Dr. Burns, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics, was selected based on her passion for teaching and mentorship. As a dental student in 2012, Dr. Burns founded the NYU College of Dentistry Saturday Academy, a pipeline program for underrepresented minority high school students. The program has been presented nationally and has had outcome data accepted for publication in the Journal of Dental Education. NYU Dentistry is proud of Dr. Burns and excited to see her leadership and expertise recognized as an educator fellow, teacher, and mentor.

   

Welcome New Employees

Joining Our Community are

  • Dalal Alhajji, as clinical instructor in oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
  • Jalal Bukhari, as clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
  • Anaika Forbes, as adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene.
  • Pakhshan Ghaderi, as clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
  • Farhad Hakimi, as adjunct clinical associate professor of prosthodontics.
  • Richard Henry, as manager for the central sterilization unit.
  • Roshney Kaur, as a revenue cycle analyst.
  • Young Kwang Kim, as clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
  • Jason Kyles, as clinical instructor in oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
  • Michael Lieberman, as adjunct clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.
  • Michael Margolin, as adjunct clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Stephanie Perkowski, as adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene.
  • Juliana Sagbay, as a dental assistant in the faculty practice.
  • Alan Sezer, as adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
  • Santvana Vyas, as clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.

 

Congratulations to
  • Brandon Finnie, '22, on receiving an American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Fellowship.
  • Edmund Khoo, clinical assistant professor of orthodontics, on being named a guest examiner for the American Board of Orthodontics clinical examinations.
  • Stella Park, '21, on receiving an American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Fellowship.


Promoting Our Own
  • Sirlene Billera, formerly adjunct instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor.
  • Lorel Burns, formerly instructor in endodontics has been promoted to assistant professor.
  • Sang-Choon Cho, formerly clinical assistant professor of periodontology & implant dentistry has been promoted to clinical associate professor.
  • Elena Damiano, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor.
  • Laurie Esposito, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor.
  • Ivianie Exinor, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor.
  • Nicholas Giannuzzi, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor.
  • Michael Gulizio, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor.
  • Joshua Johnson, formerly adjunct instructor in basic science & craniofacial biology has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor.
  • Edmund Khoo, formerly clinical assistant professor of orthodontics has been promoted to clinical associate professor.
  • Sharon McLaughlin, formerly clinical instructor in dental hygiene has been promoted to clinical assistant professor.
  • Fabiola Milord, formerly clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to clinical assistant professor.
  • Winifred Montuori, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor.
  • Katayoon Noroozi-Leibowitz, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor.
  • Jaclyn Park, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor.
  • Ryan Ruff, formerly assistant professor of epidemiology and health promotion has been promoted to associate professor.
  • Deepak Saxena, formerly associate professor of basic science & craniofacial biology has been promoted to professor.
  • Andrew Schenkel, formerly clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to clinical professor.
  • Alan Smolen, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor.

Joining the ranks of the full-time faculty

  • Habib Benzian, formerly adjunct professor of epidemiology and health promotion, has been appointed research professor.
  • Olga Gnatovych, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene, has been appointed clinical instructor.
  • Annette Huynh, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene, has been appointed clinical instructor.
  • Divya Khera, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry, has been appointed clinical assistant professor.
  • Richard Kosofsky, formerly adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, has been appointed clinical assistant professor.

 

August


Welcome New Employees
  • Jerry M. Brown, as adjunct clinical instructor for the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Jalal Bukhari, as clinical assistant professor for the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.
  • Katerina Georgantza, as clinical assistant professor for the Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry.
  • Gwen Giannina, as adjunct clinical instructor for the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Mariha King, as an administrative aide II for Admissions.
  • Michael B. Lieberman, as adjunct clinical assistant professor for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Ellen Pikus-Katz, as adjunct clinical instructor for the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Cinthia Santana, as a dental assistant for the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities.

 

Congratulations to
  • Natasha Elson, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and Endodontics on presenting the keynote address at the International Dental Forum in London.
  • Lauren Feldman, clinical assistant professor and predoctoral director in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry on giving summer podcast recommendations which were listed in an NYU News article.
  • Alexander Ross Kerr, clinical professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine on receiving the Diamond Pin Award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine.
  • William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, whose article, "The Unfortunate and Painful Dental History of George Washington" was discussed in the Daily Mail London.
  • Seung-Hee Rhee, clinical associate professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care on receiving the Faculty Advisor of the Year Award from the Academy of General Dentistry and on being elected regional director of the NYS Academy of General Dentistry.
  • Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine on receiving the 2019 EBD Accomplished Faculty Award from the American Dental Association’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD).
     

July


"Start Your Summer with a Smile" Marks 10th Anniversary on Sirius XM

“Start Your Summer with a Smile” Marks 10th Anniversary on Sirius XM

For the 10th consecutive year, Sirius XM radio broadcast its weeklong series, "Start Your Summer with a Smile." This year’s series, hosted by Dr. Amr Moursi, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, was broadcast from July 15 – 19, 2019. The live, call-in show featured a range of topics and experts, including oral surgery, with Dr. Marci Levine, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery; pediatric dentistry, with Dr. Lauren Feldman, clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry and director of the predoctoral program in pediatric dentistry; prosthodontics with Dr. Leila Jahangiri, Ira E. Klein Professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics; periodontics, with Dr. Edgard El Chaar, clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry and director of the postgraduate program in periodontics; and orthodontics, with Dr. Mark Bronsky, an orthodontist in private practice in Manhattan. Each show attracted an estimated 250,000 listeners.