Celebrating Our Community: 2017 Archives

December 2017


NYU and the ADEA Academic Dental Career Fellowship Program

NYU and the ADEA Academic Dental Career Fellowship Program

by Mitchell Lipp, DDS, NYU ADEA ADCFP Coordinator and Mentor

Partnering with students on behalf of excellence in education is central to NYU Dentistry's mission. These values are exemplified by the ADEA Academic Dental Career Fellowship Program (ADCFP). The ADCFP is based on faculty-student mentoring relationships. Through regular meetings, action plans, and projects, students gain insight into multiple aspects of dental education. Participants have been involved in a variety of activities, including interviews with faculty members, reflection papers, teaching experiences, research, posters, and oral presentations, among other activities.

This year, 11 students are participating:

  • Rosalie Braun/Mentor: Ismael Khouly
  • Beverly Chen/Mentor: Edmund Khoo
  • Kiyoung Cho/ Mentor: Mitchell Lipp
  • Andrew Hopkins/ Mentor: Mitchell Lipp
  • Nozrin Laskar/Mentor: Andrew Spielman
  • Clara T Lee/Mentor: Silvia Spivakovsky
  • Dayoon Lee / Mentor: Edmund Khoo
  • Nicole Liu / Mentor: Edmund Khoo
  • Ivan Lo / Mentor: Mitchell Lipp
  • Karly Vera/ Mentor: Ralph Katz
  • Rachelle Wolk/ Mentor: Elena Cunningham

Six ADCFP fellows will be presenting posters at the 2018 ADEA Annual session, as follows:

  • "Written Feedback and Colors: Effects on Student's Confidence and Performance" Kiyoung Cho, Andrew Hopkins (Mentor- Mitchell Lipp)
  • "What D4 Students Think are Important in PG Candidates" Beverly Chen (Mentor- Edmund Khoo)
  • "Assessment of Perceived Orthodontic Treatment Planning Skills Among Pre-doctoral Students" Dayoon Lee, Nicole C Liu (Mentor- Edmund Khoo)
  • "Assessing Engagement in "Dealodontics" - A Card Game for Learning" Ivan Lo (Mentor- Mitchell Lipp)
  • In addition, ADCFP fellow Rosalie Salus Braun (Mentor Ismael Khouly) will present a poster titled "Antibiotic Prophylaxis Not Indicated for Postoperative Dental Implant Infection Prevention" at the 2018 AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Congratulations to our fellows, who, through their efforts and by their example, are making a difference..
 



 

Peter Loomer at NYU Abu Dhabi's 4th Annual Public Health Think Tank

Dr. Peter M. Loomer Featured at NYU Abu Dhabi’s 4th Annual Public Health Think Tank

Dr. Peter M. Loomer, clinical professor and chair of the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, discussed periodontal disease and the contributing factors that lead to its premature diagnosis in adults living in the UAE and surrounding gulf nations at NYU Abu Dhabi's fourth annual Public Health Think Tank. The conference, held from November 3-4, 2017, was established to raise awareness of public health concerns in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Delegates from universities across the globe were tasked with developing public health strategies to resolve pressing dental and oral health issues in the UAE.

 



78 Dental Hygiene Students Present Research Posters

Seventy-eight dental hygiene students working in groups of 2 to 4 presented their research on November 8, 2017, at a special event held at 433 First Avenue. Of the 28 posters presented, 6 were selected by a panel of dental hygiene faculty to be included in the College's annual Research Scholarship Expo in April. In addition, one student group was selected to present their poster at the American Dental Hygienists' Association's 95th Annual Conference in June.

Students Present Research Posters

 

16th Annual Implant Alumni Symposium Draws Alumni from 27 Countries

On November 10, 2017, over 150 implant program alumni from 27 countries, pre- and postdoctoral dental students, international programs students, Master of Science degree candidates, prospective students, faculty, and guests attended the College's 16th Annual Implant Alumni Symposium. This year's symposium, co-hosted by the Office for International Programs and the Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry, included presentations by alumni from 7 countries and concluded with a reception at The Manhattan Penthouse.

Implant Alumni Symposium


 



 

Patient Portal

Your Help Needed: Patient Access Portal

The federal government's EHR Incentive Program ("Meaningful Use") allows the College to offset approximately one-fourth of the cost of EHR implementation and utilize these incentive funds towards continued program improvements designed to enhance patient care, student education, facilities, staffing. and research. As part of this initiative, the College is obligated to give all patients the ability to access their appointment and treatment information through the Patient Access Portal. The College needs your help to make sure that we meet this obligation. All Patient Service Representatives are trained to provide patients at check-in with the information necessary to register their Username and Password so they can access the portal on their own. Patients can enroll while they wait, or sign a consent form to opt out. Please encourage your patients to take 3-5 minutes to set up their account at the start of their visit. Additional information about the Patient Access Portal can be found on the Portal webpage. Please contact your department chair or Irene D. Olshan with any questions.
 



 

Welcome New Employees

Joining Our Community are:

  • Gabriela Gonzalez as an administrative aid.
  • Maria Jimenez as a patient service representative.
  • Nicole Morgan as a patient service representative in the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.
  • Mercy Swarna as a patient service representative in the Dental Faculty Practices.

 

Congratulations to
  • João Malta Barbosa, Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics '17, on coauthoring "Thickness Evaluation of Articulating Papers and Foils" for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Barbosa's coauthors included Ronaldo Hirata, clinical assistant professor of biomaterials.
  • Marina Da Rosa Kaizer, assistant research scientist in the Department of Biomaterials, on coauthoring an article titled "Speed Sintering Translucent Zirconia for Chairside One-visit Dental Restorations: Optical, Mechanical, and Wear Characteristics" for Ceramics International. Dr. Kaizer's coauthors included Yu Zhang, associate professor of biomaterials.
  • Benjamin Godder, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on coauthoring an article titled "Two-year Clinical Evaluation of One-step Composite System vs. Two-step Composite System in Posterior Teeth" for The New York State Dental Journal. Dr. Godder's coauthors included Teresita Salgado, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care; Van Thompson, former professor of biomaterials; and Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and senior associate dean for development.
  • Joseph B. Guttenplan, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on coauthoring an article titled "Effects of Black Raspberry Extract and Berry Compounds on Repair of DNA Damage and Mutagenesis Induced by Chemical and Physical Agents in Human Oral Leukoplakia and Rat Oral Fibroblasts" for Chemical Research in Toxicology. Dr. Guttenplan's coauthors included Wieslawa Kosinska, assistant research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.
  • Peter M. Loomer, clinical professor and chair of periodontology and implant dentistry, on presenting a keynote address at the 2nd International Conference on Aesthetic Dentistry, ICAD2017; on presenting a keynote address at NYU Abu Dhabi's 4th annual Public Health Think Tank, held from November 3-4, 2017; on being appointed associate editor of the oral microbiology section of BioMed Central Oral Health; and on authoring an article titled "Microbial Biofilms: Knowledge Advances As Technology Moves Forward" for Diamond, the official magazine of the Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry.
  • William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on authoring an article titled "An Analysis of the Near-fatal Wound Suffered by Benedict Arnold at Saratoga" for Friends of Saratoga Battlefield.
  • Fabiola Milord, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on being installed as president of the Nassau County Dental Society.
  • Asgeir Sigurdsson, Presley Elmer Ellsworth Professor of Endodontics and chair of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, on being elected treasurer of the American Board of Endodontics for 2017-2019.
  • Staci A. Violante, adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene, on authoring an article titled "It's All in the Gloves: Developing a Dental Office Protocol for Latex Reactions" for Dentistry IQ.
  • Roger N. Warren, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, and Stuart L. Segelnick, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on being named to the board of directors of the Northeastern Society of Periodontists for 2017. Added kudos to Dr. Warren on being appointed a board examiner for the American Board of Periodontology.
  • Cheryl M. Westphal Theile, clinical professor of dental hygiene and associate dean for allied dental programs, on being appointed a member of the editorial review boards of the Journal of Dental Education and the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

The following faculty on being featured on SiriusXM Doctor Radio:

  • Robert S. Glickman, professor and chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery, on TMJ and dental implants (December 4, 2017);
  • Jessica Hilburg, associate dean for clinical affairs, on dental health (December 7, 2017).

 

Promoting Our Own
  • Christina Morrow, formerly associate director of advising and academic support services, has been promoted to director of advising and academic support services. 

 

November 2017


CNN Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne Joins the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program in Nepal 

The NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program recently traveled to Nepal to provide care for children at two sites: 1) the Kathmandu Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding High School (November 2-12), which it has visited for the past 5 years in partnership with the Tibet Fund and the Seven Summits Foundation, and 2) a new location, the Kopila Valley School in Surkhet (October 28-November 7), approximately 600km west of Kathmandu, near the Indian border, where a second team was hosted by two new partner organizations, the BlinkNow Foundation, founded by American philanthropist Maggie Doyne, who was named a CNN Hero of the Year in 2015, and the Kopila Valley School and Children's Home.

In response to a severe need for dental care among the children served by the Kopila Valley School, a network of supporters connected the school with NYU Dentistry. After a site visit earlier this year, NYU Dentistry, BlinkNow, and Kopila Valley developed a plan to create a program that would bring emergency dental services and oral health education to 300-plus children, while building the school's capacity to sustain its existing efforts towards prevention. On this initial outreach, the Surkhet team provided classroom-based oral health instruction to 350 children, oral examinations and silver diamine fluoride (SDF) applications to 190 children, and comprehensive dental care to 90 children.

The team consisted of two DDS students, Serena Simone, '18, and Yelizaveta Alekseyeva, '18; one dental hygiene student, Claudia Gomez; two administrators, Jenny Park and Kristen Miller; one faculty member, Professor Jill Fernandez; and two alumni, Dr. David Treff, '08, and Dr. Brianne Hama, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry '10, who served as pediatric dentistry faculty.

Nepal


 


 

New College Initiatives Are Focus of Visit by California Dental Association Officials and State Legislators

A delegation of California Dental Association (CDA) and California State legislators visited the College on October 27, 2017, marking the 5th consecutive year of CDA visits to participate in an Oral Health Education forum hosted by Dean Bertolami. This year's forum included 16 NYU Dentistry students who hail from California. They are: James H. Chao, '18, Bahram Danaei, '18, Nima Harouni, '18, Amanda M. Muzzio, '18, Justin Shyu, '18, Benjamin Estrada, '19, Nicole C. Liu, '19, Michelle Michelson, '19, Olivia M. Nguyen, '19, Tuan M. Thai, '19, JoyAh Brooks, '20, Silvia Castro, '20, Steve Deng, '20, Gene Park, '20, Jesse Rosete, '20, and Elizabeth Wang, '20.

Following welcoming remarks by Dean Bertolami, Vice Dean Stuart M. Hirsch, who organized the program, introduced the presentations, beginning with Dr. Richard Niederman and Dr. Alexis Cohen speaking about the "CariedAway NY" project, which aims to compare the effectiveness of two cavity-prevention techniques – a "simple" treatment of silver diamine fluoride and fluoride varnish, and a "complex" treatment of traditional sealants and fluoride in 60 high-need elementary schools in the Bronx. Through prior work in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Colorado, Dr. Niederman and his team determined that "complex" school-based cavity prevention programs are effective in reducing cavities by two-thirds, while preliminary results suggest that "simple" prevention can be equally effective.

Speaking about "Integrating Oral and Medical Health Services – Lessons Learned and Future Plans," Executive Vice Dean Michael P. O'Connor reported that lessons learned from the operation of a fully medically-equipped nurse practitioner clinic that had been located on the lobby level of the Schwartz building from 2005 to 2015 place the College in an excellent position to partner with Metro Community Health Centers to provide a Manhattan location for patients with disabilities to access primary health care in the existing medical facility. These patients will also be able to receive dental care in a new state-of-the-art Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities, which is being built on the 8th floor of the Weissman Building. The presentation also featured remarks by Marco Damiani, CEO of Metro Community Health Centers, who spoke about his positive expectations for the partnership.

Fourth year DDS student Amanda Muzzio spoke movingly of "A New Approach to Special Needs Patients," which described the education and training she has received as an honors student in the Special Care Program and how that experience is enabling her to provide better care for her patients with disabilities. One of those patients joined the presentation to laud the care he has received at NYU Dentistry.

The program concluded with a presentation by Assistant Dean for Allied Health Programs Dr. Cheryl Westphal Theile and Ms. Megan Murphy, student retention and academic advising administrator for the Dental Hygiene and Assisting Programs, on the College's new Dental Assisting Certificate program.

The California delegation included Senator Ben Allen, Senator Toni Atkins, Assembly Member Heath Flora, Assembly Member Todd Gloria, Assembly Member Chad Mayes, Senator Richard Pan, Senator Henry Stern, Peter A. Dubois, CDA executive director, Robert Hanlon, DMD, chair of the CDA Political Action Committee and a member of the Government Affairs Council, David Desko, DDS, dental director and senior vice president for HealthPartners, Carrie Gordon, CDA chief strategy officer, Richard Stapler, CDA vice president for public affairs, Brianna Pitman, CDA legislative director, and Todd Robertson, CDA public affairs manager. 


 

 


Welcome New Employees

Joining Our Community is:


Congratulations to
  • Gary S. Berkowitz, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care and group practice director, on receiving the Boy Scouts of America Theodore Roosevelt Council Centennial Service Award on November 3, 2017, at the organization's 100th anniversary gala held in Garden City, New York. The Centennial Service Award recognizes the financial vision and service leadership of previous honorees and/or council presidents who have enabled the Theodore Roosevelt Council to deliver a quality program to Nassau County children and adolescents over the past 100 years.
  • James M. Kaim, adjunct clinical professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on chairing the Northeast Region CODE and Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) Meetings held at New York University from October 2-3, 2017.
  • Zhongbo Liu, assistant research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, on coauthoring an article titled "Growth Hormone Control of Hepatic Lipid Metabolism" for Diabetes, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Liu's coauthors included Shoshana Yakar, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
  • Elliott Moskowitz, adjunct clinical professor of orthodontics, on being appointed editor-in-chief of Seminars in Orthodontics; and on being appointed a contributing editor of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.
  • Alexander J. Schloss, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on coauthoring a guest editorial titled "The Era of Personalized Dentistry Is Upon Us: It's Time to Include It in Dental Curricula" for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Schloss' coauthors included Zia Verjee, '17; and Andrew I. Spielman, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
  • Brian L. Schmidt, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and director of the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research and the NYU Oral Cancer Center, on receiving a 10-year Certificate of Added Qualifications in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery as a result of passing the 2016 American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) Examination; on presenting the keynote lecture titled "Current Topics in Oral Cancer Research and Oral Cancer Screening" at the A.T. Still Research Institute Center for Oral Health Research and Arizona Chapter of the American Association for Dental Research Scientific Symposium, "Supporting Best Practices in Education and Patient Care," on January 21, 2017; and on being invited to present the keynote address at UCLA School of Dentistry’s Inaugural Research Day on March 1, 2017.
  • Gail E. Schupak, adjunct clinical assistant professor of orthodontics, on co-chairing the Essays and Scientific Poster Session Committee of the 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting.
  • Andrew I. Spielman, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on coauthoring a guest editorial titled "Is Tasting Innate?" for Oral Diseases: Leading in Oral, Maxillofacial, Head & Neck Medicine; on being appointed advisory editor for the same publication; and on coauthoring articles titled "An Overview of the Models in Reporting School Data on Dental Credentialing Examinations" and "12-Year Use of a Digital Reference Library (VitalBook) at a U.S. Dental School: Students' and Alumni Perceptions" for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Spielman's coauthors included Elizabeth Maas, '19; and Dr. Elise Eisenberg, senior director of informatics and adjunct clinical professor of epidemiology and health promotion. Added kudos to Dr. Spielman on being appointed a member of the Committee for an Integrated Exam (CIE) of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE); and on presenting: "Taste and Smell Disorders - A Practical Guide to Clinicians" at the Portuguese Dental Association Annual Meeting, "Biomedical Foundations through Clinical Cases: Integrated e-learning Modules" at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, and "The Birth of the Most Important 18th Century Dental Text: Pierre Fauchard's Le Chirurgien Dentiste" at The New York Academy of Medicine's Seventh Annual History of Medicine and Public Health Night.
  • Cristian Stefan, clinical professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on coauthoring "The THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head, Neck, and Neuroanatomy;" on being appointed a member of the editorial board of Revista Argentina de Anatomía Clínica; and on being appointed associate editor of Anatomy: An International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Anatomy.
  • Mark Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development, on being quoted in the Men’s Health segment "Text a Doctor," on the topic of brushing; on being quoted by health.com in an article titled "9 Things Your Smile Can Tell You About Your Health;" on being quoted by HuffPost in an article titled "Is Seltzer Bad For You? Calling All La Croix Fans"; and on being interviewed by SELF for an article titled "Malin Akerman Swears Oil Pulling Makes Her Teeth Healthier - But Experts Aren't Convinced."

The following faculty/administrators on being featured on SiriusXM Doctor Radio

  • Jessica Hilburg, associate dean for clinical affairs, on healthy aging (October 30, 2017);
  • Amr M. Moursi, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, on Halloween candy and caries prevention (October 27, 2017).


 

Promoting Our Own
  • Kim Attanasi, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor of dental hygiene.
  • Raphael Bettach, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Ricardo A. Boyce, Jr., formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Iryna Branets, formerly a clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Paulo Coelho, formerly associate professor of biomaterials, has been promoted to professor of biomaterials.
  • John F. Como, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Natalia Elson, formerly a clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Thomas E. Gorrell, formerly adjunct instructor in dental hygiene, has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor of dental hygiene.
  • Ashley C. Grill, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, has been promoted to adjunct clinical associate professor of dental hygiene.
  • Kellie R. Kennedy, formerly clinical instructor in dental hygiene, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene.
  • Mitchell J. Lipp, formerly clinical associate professor of orthodontics, has been promoted to clinical professor of orthodontics.
  • Danielle Mitnick, formerly an adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Sara Nichols, formerly an adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Kay T. Oen, formerly a clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Staci L. Ripkey, formerly an adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care and the Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, has been promoted to adjunct assistant professor in both departments.
  • Stuart L. Segelnick, formerly adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, has been promoted to adjunct clinical professor of periodontology and implant dentistry.
  • Despina Sitara, formerly assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, has been promoted to associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
  • Analia Veitz-Keenan, formerly clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, has been promoted to clinical professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
  • Ying Jo Wong, formerly a clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.

 

October 2017


Students, Faculty, and Staff Unite to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Dr. Michael C. Alfano Commons on October 11, 2017, to assemble more than 300 kits for Hurricane Harvey victims. The initiative was spearheaded by DDS Class of 2020 President Jessica A. Singer in partnership with the presidents of the other DDS classes and the Student Council. Each kit contained a handwritten note and several personal care items, including bars of soap, feminine products, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby formula, and insect wipes. 

Hurrican Harvey



 

NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program Marks 10th Visit to Nicaragua with a Unique Two-Part Program 

From September 19–28, and September 24–October 1, 2017, the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program made its 10th visit to Nicaragua for a unique outreach which combined research and clinical care. Two separate teams were deployed as part of the outreach, which took place in Granada. The first team (September 19–28) included three dental hygiene students and five faculty and staff members, who collected oral health data and established a baseline caries prevalence in the target population of 620 local schoolchildren. The children received oral examinations and SDF (silver diamine fluoride) applications onsite at four public schools. Any children identified with caries were referred to the on-site NYU dental clinic, which was set up the following week at the Casa de los Tres Mundos community center, where a second team of more than 30 pre- and postdoctoral students, faculty, staff, and alumni provided free oral health screenings and treatment to 500 children and adults. 

Also during the second week, Professor Jill B. Fernandez, along with three dental hygiene students, visited classrooms at the four schools to provide oral hygiene instruction and initiate daily school-based tooth-brushing programs, and to meet with various stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and administrators, to provide oral hygiene education and build support for such programs. 

Granada Nicaragua 2017



7th Strategic Planning Plenary Event Draws 275 Faculty, Students, and Staff

The College held its 7th Strategic Planning Plenary event on October 2, 2017, in the Kimmel Center's Rosenthal Pavilion, drawing a record number – 275 – faculty, students, and staff from across the College for an open discussion of "What's not working at the College," "What is working," and "What we need to do to improve as a College."

Highlights of the all-day session included remarks from top University officials, including President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine E. Fleming, a report by Tracey Gardner, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, on initiatives underway to enhance diversity, inclusion, and equity throughout the University, and a presentation on "Coaching, Stress, and Performance" by Ben Bernstein, PhD, a performance psychologist.

Plenary Council


Drs. Asgeir Sigurdsson and Edmund Khoo Featured at New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation Event

Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson and Dr. Edmund Khoo were the featured speakers at the New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation (NYAOR) fall membership and continuing education meeting held on October 6, 2017, at the Union League Club. NYAOR president Dr. Gene B. Sherwin welcomed participants, pictured below, all of whom were either NYU Dentistry faculty or Advanced Education Program students. 

New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation


 

Welcome New Employees

Joining Our Community are:

  • Rose J. Amable as clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.
  • Jobecky Ruiz as a patient service representative in the Dental Faculty Practices.
  • Wenbo Yan as clinical assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.

 



Congratulations to
  • Denise Estafan, associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed editor of the Madridge Journal of Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
  • Mitchell J. Lipp, clinical associate professor of orthodontics, on coauthoring an article titled "Types of Feedback in Competency-based Predoctoral Orthodontics: Effects on Students' Attitudes and Confidence" for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Lipp's coauthors included Kiyoung Cho, '19; and Han Suk Kim, '16.
  • Sharon A. McLaughlin, clinical instructor in dental hygiene, on authoring a guest editorial titled "The Value of Long-term Employees to Institutions" for Access, the magazine of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
  • Richard Niederman, professor and chair of epidemiology and health promotion, on being quoted by Dentistry Today in an article titled "Dentists Take More X-rays Based on How They're Paid;" on coauthoring "Preventable Tooth Loss in Hawai'i: The Role of Socioeconomic Status, Diabetes, and Dental Visits" for Preventing Chronic Disease; on presenting a lecture titled "Evidence-based Primary and Secondary Caries Prevention" at the 2017 Gathering for Pacific Islander Health; on presenting a symposium titled "Policy, Population, and Patient Levers for Improving Life Span Oral Health Equity" at the 11th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) World Congress on Preventive Dentistry held in New Delhi, India, from October 3-6, 2017; and on coauthoring "Getting the Incentives Right: Improving Oral Health Equity with Universal School-based Caries Prevention" for the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Niederman's coauthors included Shulamite S. Huang, a research instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Paul A. Rosenberg, professor of endodontics, on being appointed co-editor-in-chief of Clinical Dentistry Reviewed, an online journal published by Springer. Kudos to Olivier Nicolay, clinical associate professor and chair of the Department of Orthodontics, on being appointed section editor of the same publication.
  • Andrew B. Schenkel, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, Kenneth L. Allen, clinical associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, and Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development, on coauthoring an article titled "Development of a Core Curriculum Framework in Cariology for US Dental Schools" for the Journal of Dental Education. Added kudos to Dr. Allen on coauthoring "The Impact of Oral-Systemic Health on Advancing Interprofessional Education Outcomes" for the same publication.
  • Stuart L. Segelnick, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on receiving the 2016 Silver Scroll Journalism Award for Most Improved Publication, presented by the International College of Dentists in recognition of his work as editor of the Second District Dental Society (SDDS) Bulletin. Added kudos to Dr. Segelnick on being appointed editor on the Publications Committee of the Second District Dental Society.
  • John Sung, an instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on presenting his case study, "Reduced Vertical Dimension," as part of the "Dental Pearls from the AGD Masters and Fellows" lecture course at the 2016 Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Meeting.
  • Sayamol Voraragsa, adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on coauthoring an article titled "Conservative Management of Dental Caries Using Silver Nitrate and Atraumatic Restorative Treatment in Remote Rural Setting: A Reduction to Practice" for The New York State Dental Journal. Dr. Voraragsa's coauthors included Ralph P. Cunningham, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Burton S. Wasserman, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed editor of the July 2016 issue of Dental Clinics of North America, "Special Care Dentistry."
  • Yi Ye, assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and associate director for the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, on coauthoring an article titled "Alterations in Opioid Inhibition Cause Widespread Nociception but Do Not Affect Anxiety-like Behavior in Oral Cancer Mice." Dr. Ye's coauthors included Elizabeth Salvo, a postdoctoral associate in the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; John C. Dolan, research assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and associate director of research development in the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; Malvin N. Janal, senior research scientist and adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion; Bradley E. Aouizerat, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and deputy director of the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; and Brian L. Schmidt, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and director of the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research and the NYU Oral Cancer Center.
     


 

Promoting Our Own
  • Michelle F. Goldstein, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.
  • Maryse Manasse, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry.

 

September 2017


College Introduces Unique New Dental Assisting Certificate Program

The College has introduced a unique, tuition-free, dental assisting program for the economically- or educationally-disadvantaged that aims to place its graduates directly into employment positions in the community.

During the week of September 18, 2017, the College welcomed the first cohort of students to a highly selective, 6-month Dental Assisting Certificate Program (DACP). The incoming class is comprised of 6 students, all minority men or women recruited from our patient pool based on referrals from our students, faculty, and staff. The program consists of two, 6-month, semesters annually.

The program's goal is to provide highly motivated, un- or underemployed individuals with the skills 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 Health Programs alongside clinical faculty and DDS students in the Group Practices and specialty care clinics. Only 6 applicants will be admitted each semester.

The students will receive all books, uniforms, instruments, and materials at no cost; be paired with an Honors predoctoral student in the clinics to their mutual benefit; engage in a mentorship program with College personnel; and receive career development guidance as part of the curriculum. After completing the program, these students will be well-trained, highly marketable; and poised for a career in a stable, high-demand market.

Beyond job training, the College will then assist them in finding paid employment among our practicing dental alumni. Such individuals will be in demand because they will be completely trained in the increasingly complex world of practice regulation; compliance with state, federal, and local requirements for dental practices; utilization of digital radiography; and electronic health records. As we welcome these new students, we wish them the best of good fortune in their studies.

Orientation Held for New Dental Assisting Certificate Program Students


NY State Senator Leroy Comrie Honors Dr. Winifred A. Montuori and Mrs. Constance Robinson-Turner for Their Roles in Senior Citizen Dental Van Initiative

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Cariology & Comprehensive Care Dr. Winifred A. Montuori and Smiling Faces, Going Places mobile dental van program manager Mrs. Constance Robinson-Turner were honored at a Senior Appreciation Breakfast hosted by New York State Senator Leroy Comrie to celebrate National Senior Center Month.

In a proclamation presented to Dr. Montuori and Mrs. Robinson-Turner, Senator Comrie said, "A great state is only as great as those individuals who perform exemplary service on behalf of their community. Such service, which is truly the lifeblood of the community and the state, so often goes unrecognized and unheralded. It is the belief of this legislative body that it is appropriate to publicly proclaim and commend those individuals for the edification and emulation of others."

The Senior Citizen Dental Van Initiative was launched in July 2016 to provide quality dental care to elderly residents in New York City. Since its inception, the program has had more than 650 patient visits.

Dr. Winifred A. Montuori and Mrs. Constance Robinson

From left: Dr. Winifred A. Montuori and Mrs. Constance Robinson-Turner with their awards.



Incoming Students Welcomed at Orientation 2017

Three hundred and eighty DDS students and 90 dental hygiene students were welcomed to the College during the week of August 21. Highlights of the orientation program included remarks by Dean Charles N. Bertolami and NYU President Andrew Hamilton, along with a weeklong series of informational and social events designed to acquaint the new students with the campus and the many educational and student life resources available to them. 

Dental Hygiene Students Orientation


 

Council on Humanitarianism and Culture Change Aims to Promote a More Positive and Engaged Community

Just over one year ago, a Council on Humanitarianism and Culture Change was established with the goal of fostering a more compassionate and trusting environment, one that promotes mutual respect, celebrates diversity, and enhances community engagement.

Beginning with 50 members, the Council now embraces 150 enthusiastic faculty and staff members who are energizing the culture in their roles as change agents. These individuals, known as "Ambassadors," strive to deepen their role and commitment to the College in their everyday work and lives by helping to foster a positive, trusting, highly professional, and inclusive environment and to initiate and support programs toward that goal.

The Council sponsors a variety of activities, including monthly Council meetings, biannual retreats, working groups, programs, and social events dedicated to the process of culture change, along with strategies to assess and measure success in the short- and long-term and to anchor the positive changes into the culture of the College in lasting ways.

The Council welcomed its newest members at a reception held in August in the 11th Floor Executive Conference Room at 433 First Avenue. To learn more about the Council and how to become a member, please email dental.community@nyu.edu or visit the Council on Humanitarianism and Culture Change page.

Humanitarianism Culture Change Reception



Welcome New Employees
Joining Our Community are:
  • Sarah Adu as a sterilization technician in the Central Sterilization Unit.
  • Lorel Burns as an instructor in the Department of Endodontics.
  • Davide Cuocolo as clinical assistant professor of endodontics.
  • Grace Emperio as a registered nurse in the Health Screening Unit.
  • Levita Y. Mitchell as director of scheduling systems management.
  • Isamar Lugo as a supply assistant for the Linhart Continuing Dental Education Program.
  • Joanna Monika Nimani as a dental assistant in the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Dena Sapanaro as clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.
  • Monika Silguero as a dental radiographer.
  • Jeremy R. Sporn as an audio visual technician for Technology and Informatics Services (TIS).
  • Marissa Swanson as a program administrator for global outreach.



 

Congratulations to
  • Kenneth Aschheim, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being interviewed by ADA News in an article titled "ID'ing Human Remains with Dental Records Subject to Technical Report: Report, Developed in Part by ADA, Defines Best Practices for the Field of Forensic Odontology."
  • Laurie R. Fleisher, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care and of endodontics, on coauthoring "The Vipeholm Cariology Study" for Dentista y Paciente. Dr. Fleisher's coauthor was William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Jessica Hilburg, associate dean for clinical affairs, on being quoted by HuffPost in the article titled "Healthy Living: You're Probably Forgetting to Brush this Part of Your Teeth - Missed A Spot!"; and on being featured in an August 9, 2017, SiriusXM Doctor Radio segment on dental health.
  • Louis M. Lin, professor of endodontics, on co-editing a book titled Endodontic Prognosis: Clinical Guide for Optimal Treatment Outcome. Dr. Lin's coauthors included Jennifer L. Gibbs, assistant professor of endodontics; Matthew Malek, clinical assistant professor of endodontics and director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics; Katsushi Okazaki, clinical assistant professor of endodontics; and Dag Ørstavik, a visiting scholar in the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.
  • William J. Maloney, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed editor of the Madridge Journal of Dentistry and Oral Surgery; on being appointed a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Dentistry & Orofacial Surgery; on authoring a book titled Rounding Third and Headed for Home; on coauthoring two articles titled "A Nocturnal Visit to the Dentist" and "Dentistry, Religion and Grape Juice" for NYSDA News; and on coauthoring "The Worldwide Epidemic of Heroin Use and the Dental Significance of its Use" for Dentista y Paciente. Dr. Maloney's coauthors included Laurie R. Fleisher, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care and of endodontics; and Nicholas Vernice, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Benjamin T. Neren, adjunct clinical instructor of prosthodontics, on coauthoring an article titled "Maxillary Arch Reconstruction in Patient with Moderate Wear Utilizing Zirconia Restorations to Restore Form, Function, Esthetics: A Clinical Report" for The New York State Dental Journal.
  • Ady Palti, adjunct clinical professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on presenting "Minimally Invasive Concept with PIEZO Surgery for Narrow Ridge Cases: A New Concept with NRI (Narrow Ridge Implants)" at the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) World Congress XXXV held in Vancouver, Canada, in August 2017.
  • Steven Pigliacelli, adjunct instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics, on authoring an article titled "Price, Quality, and Volume" for Dental Economics.
  • Victoria H. Raveis, research professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on coauthoring "Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening among Muslim Women in New York City: Perspectives from Key Informants" for the SM Journal of Community Medicine, "Applying a Qualitative Approach to Examine the Implementation of Mandatory Health Practice Change within Healthcare Institutions" for SAGE Research Methods Cases, and "Relationships among Self-perception of Aging, Physical Functioning and Self-efficacy in Late Life" for the Journals of Gerontology - Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences; on co-presenting two abstracts, "Older Adults with Advanced HIV/AIDS and their Informal Caregivers' Communication on End-of-life Care" and "The Longitudinal Relationship between the Will to Live and Depression in Late Life," at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics; and on co-presenting an abstract titled "Development of a Generalist Curriculum to Integrate the Palliative Approach Early in Chronic Disease Management: Results from the CASA Study in an HIV Population" at the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care. Dr. Raveis' co-presenters included Monique Carrero-Tagle, associate research scientist in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; and Daniel G. Karus, senior research scientist in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Farhad Vahidi, associate professor of prosthodontics, on coauthoring an article titled "Preimpression Troughing with the Diode Laser: A Preliminary Study" for The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.
  • Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, and director of evidence-based dentistry in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, on being quoted in the New York Times article "Ask Well: Why Does My Dentist Give Me So Many X-Rays?"
  • The following TIDE fellows and PG Orthodontics students on coauthoring a Peer Education: Reviews of Literature (PERLs) synopsis titled "Game-based Learning in Health Professions Education and Clinical Practice" for the Journal of Dental Education: Karina C. Lee; Woojae Eric Kim; Olivia Y. Yue; Nadia A. Alghannam; Basheer Alsayed; and Nadia Habbal. Their faculty advisors were Mitchell J. Lipp, clinical professor of orthodontics, and Maureen McAndrew, clinical professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and senior director of professional development.
     


 

Promoting Our Own
  • Catherine Aguirre, formerly a patient service representative, has been promoted to dental insurance analyst in the Office of Clinical Administration and Revenue Cycle Management.
  • Donna L. Catapano, formerly adjunct assistant professor of dental hygiene, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene.
  • Arthi M. Kumar, formerly an adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene and in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been appointed clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.
  • Alyson J. Leffel, formerly manager of Patient Advocacy Services, has been promoted to assistant director of Patient Advocacy Services.
  • Angelita Leon, formerly adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene, has been appointed clinical instructor in dental hygiene.
  • Topaz Murray, formerly clinic manager, has been appointed department manager in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Elon Parkinson, formerly clinic manager, has been promoted to senior clinic manager for the DDS Group Practices.
  • Cheryline Pezzullo, formerly an adjunct instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, has been appointed clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.
  • Brittney Reid, formerly a patient service representative, has been promoted to clinic manager in the Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry.

     


August 2017

2017-2018 Student Council Officers Elected

The following students have been elected officers of the NYU College of Dentistry Student Council for the 2017-2018 academic year: Raveena Singh,’18, president; Rachel Meshell, ’18, vice president; Kevin Fernando, ’18, treasurer; Saba Jangda, ’18, secretary; Naveed Cheraghi, ’20, communications representative; Mega Manchanda, ’19, social chair; Lauren Tiffen, ’18, alumni affairs representative; Alvin Babu, ’19, co-student affairs representative; Gloria Labib, ’19, co-student affairs representative; Vishnu Reddy, ’19, University senator; Saad Hasan, ’20, alternate University senator; Jonathan Malakan, ’20, community outreach representative; and Carly Alanouf, ’19, greening representative. Learn more about the Student Council >>>

Student Council Officers Elected


 



Eight Faculty Members Awarded OPD Certificates for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

Kudos to the following full- and part-time faculty on completing the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Program, presented by the Office of Professional Development. Pictured, back row, from left are: Dr. Hazem Shuaeib, Dr. Gerard Epelbaum, Dr. Migena Kotelli, Dr. Maureen McAndrew (program director), and Dr. Clara Lee. Pictured, front row, from left are: Dr. Francis F. Tung, Dr. Marina Da Rosa Kaizer, Dr. Katayoon Noroozi-Leibowtiz, and Dr. Robert Frare. The Excellence in Clinical Teaching Program was established in 2004 to enhance faculty clinical teaching skills.
 

Clinical Teaching



 



Rebecca Renelus, ’20, and Kidane M. Tewolde, ’20, Represent the College at 2017 SNDA Convention

Rebecca Renelus and Kidane M. Tewolde

Two students from the predoctoral Class of 2020, Ms. Rebecca Renelus and Mr. Kidane M. Tewolde, were selected to represent the College at the 45th Annual Student National Dental Association (SNDA) Convention held in Dallas, Texas, from July 20-23, 2017. For more than 40 years, SNDA has sought to promote, aid, and support the academic and social environment of minority students. The convention included continuing education workshops, panels, and networking events.

Ms. Renelus is a co-alumni affairs representative for the Class Council, acting as a liaison to the Alumni Association, and a co-outreach representative for the Christian Medical Dental Association. Mr. Tewolde, a participant in the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program at the University of Albany, SUNY, worked in the lab of Dr. Xin Li, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, this summer. He is a Class of 2021 Orientation Leader and will become a peer tutor in the fall.
 



 

Welcome New Employees
Joining Our Community are:
  • Meghan Rose Archer as an infection control coordinator for clinical affairs.
  • Christine Chu as adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
  • Terry Y. Lin as adjunct clinical associate professor of prosthodontics.
  • Isabel Schablowski as an adjunct instructor in prosthodontics.
  • Paul Zhivago as adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
     


 

Congratulations to
  • Habib Benzian, adjunct professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on coauthoring an article titled "Global Dental Education: Going Global - Toward Competency-based Best Practices for Global Health in Dental Education" for the Journal of Dental Education.
  • Ivianie Exinor, adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene, on coauthoring a guest editorial titled "Public Health and Collaboration: Using the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Framework as a Guide" for ADHA Access.
  • Howard I.A. Lieb, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being invited to serve on eight Second District Dental Society Committees for 2017: Administrative Committee (House Chair); Constitution and Bylaws Committee (Member); Dental Practice Committee (Member); District Claims Committee (Member); Ethics Committee (Member); House Committee (Chair); Membership and Communications Committee (Publications Chair); and Publications Committee (Chair).
  • Kenneth S. Magid, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being interviewed by Dental Products Report in the Q&A titled "The Benefits of a Better Laser: Two Laser-dentistry Experts Share their Insight As to How Diode Lasers Can be Used for More and With Better Results;" and on being interviewed by Dental Lab Products in the Q&A titled "Simplifying the Scanning Workflow: Kenneth Magid, DDS, Explains How Using A Diode Laser for Digital Impressioning Can Provide Optimal Results."
  • Richard Niederman, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, on coauthoring "Getting the Incentives Right: Improving Oral Health Equity with Universal School-based Caries Prevention" for the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Niederman's coauthors included Shulamite Huang, a research instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Mary E. Northridge, associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on coauthoring "Racial/Ethnic Minority Older Adults' Perspectives on Proposed Medicaid Reforms' Effects on Dental Care Access" and "Oral Health Care Receipt and Self-rated Oral Health for Diverse Asian American Subgroups in New York City" for the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Northridge's coauthors included Eric Schrimshaw, associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion; Ariel Port, assistant research scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion; and Sara S. Metcalf, associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion.
  • Victoria H. Raveis, research professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on being named a fellow of the Social Research Policy and Practice Section of The Gerontological Society of America.
  • Amy M. Slep, professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on co-presenting a lecture titled "Translating Behavioral Science into Improved Oral Health" at the International Conference on Novel Anticaries and Remineralizing Agents 3. Dr. Slep's co-presenters included Richard E. Heyman, professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development, on being appointed associate editor of clinical dentistry for The Journal of the American Dental Association; on being appointed to the International Conference on Novel Anticaries and Remineralizing Agents 3 (ICNARA 3) Planning Committee; on presenting a lecture titled "Evidence Supporting Anticaries Toothpastes" at the ICNARA 3; on being quoted in articles by Travel and Leisure, Men's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Glamour, CBS News, and Yahoo Health; and on coauthoring "Non-antibacterial Tetracycline Formulations: Host-modulators in the Treatment of Periodontitis and Relevant Systemic Diseases" for the International Dental Journal, "A Novel Chemically Modified Curcumin 'Normalizes' Wound-healing in Rats With Experimentally Induced Type I Diabetes: Initial Studies" for the Journal of Diabetes Research, and both "The Public Health Reach of High Fluoride Vehicles: Examples of Innovative Approaches" and "Nationwide 2.5-year School-based Public Health Intervention Program Designed to Reduce the Incidence of Caries in Children of Grenada" for Caries Research. Dr. Wolff's coauthors included Rachel M. Hill, senior director of global outreach and international initiatives; Stuart M. Hirsch, vice dean for international initiatives and continuing dental education; and Ananda P. Dasanayake, professor of epidemiology and health promotion.
  • The following faculty on being featured on SiriusXM Doctor Radio:
    • Peter M. Loomer, clinical professor and chair of the Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, on the topic of dental health (January 11, 2017);
    • Amr M. Moursi, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, on the topics of nutrition and dentistry (December 16, 2016), and children’s oral health (March 22, 2017);
    • Lawrence E. Brecht, adjunct clinical associate professor of prosthodontics; Marc Henschel, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine; Leila Jahangiri, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics; James R. Keenan, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine; Ronald W. Kosinski, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry; Peter M. Loomer, clinical professor and chair of periodontology and implant dentistry; Andrew B. Schenkel, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care; and Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development, as part of the weeklong series on oral health titled "Start Your Summer with a Smile" (June 19-23, 2017).
       


 

Promoting Our Own
  • Robert Arrasate, formerly an audio/visual technician for Technology and Informatics Services (TIS), has been promoted to team lead for educational media.
  • Sonal S. Shah, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, has been appointed director of the 8W Oral Medicine Clinic.
     

July 2017


Forty-four Students Attend 2017 NYU Dentistry/Colgate-Palmolive Student Leadership Retreat

Forty-four DDS, dental hygiene, postgraduate, and international programs students participated in the fourth annual NYU Dentistry/Colgate-Palmolive Student Leadership Retreat held in Norwalk, Connecticut, from July 7-9. The retreat, a culminating event of the College's yearlong Student Leadership Track, provides students with structured leadership training alongside representatives from Colgate-Palmolive and administrators from NYU.

2017 NYU Dentistry/Colgate-Palmolive Student Leadership Retreat


Professor Olga A.C. Ibsen Receives 2017 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Ms. Olga A.C. Ibsen (left), adjunct professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, has received the 2017 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by Ms. Jill Rethman, editor-in-chief of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, at the American Dental Hygienists' Association 94th Annual Session in Jacksonville, Florida. This prestigious annual award recognizes the distinguished career of an individual who has consistently and effectively contributed to the enrichment of the dental hygiene profession. Professor Ibsen also currently serves as an adjunct professor of dental hygiene at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
 

Professor Olga A.C. Ibsen


 



 


International Programs Welcome 63 Dentists from 30 Countries

The College held a gala reception on Thursday, July 20, at the Manhattan Penthouse, to welcome 63 dentists from 30 countries to the Programs for International Dentists, as well as five returning international dentists to the Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program. For more than 30 years, these full-time programs have attracted international dental professionals who plan to practice outside the US. The program's alumni currently number more than 1,300 dentists from 94 countries.
 

International welcome party


 



White Coat Ceremony Celebrates Advanced Standing Program Class of 2019

Members of the Advanced Standing Program Class of 2019, consisting of 10 internationally-trained dentists, were celebrated at a White Coat Ceremony held on June 28, 2017. Faculty, family, and friends joined the event, which commemorates the start of the Advanced Standing students' clinical dental education in the US.
Learn more >>> 

White Coat Ceremony



 


Advanced Education Programs Welcome Incoming PG Students

The Advanced Education Programs hosted their annual Postgraduate Programs Welcome Reception on June 29, 2017, at the Water Club, to welcome 54 new students joining the College’s PG Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics programs.
 

Postgraduate Programs Welcome Reception


 



 

Welcome New Employees
Joining Our Community are
  • Jehad Alali as a dental assistant in the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.
  • Liliana A. Ortiz Camacho as clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
  • Tsering Dolkar as a part-time dental assistant.
  • Daisy Lee as a development associate for development and alumni affairs.
  • Sarah Torosyan as an administrative aide for clinical affairs.
  • Chengwu Yang as a research associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion.


 

Congratulations to
  • João Malta Barbosa, Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, '17, on coauthoring "Scan-layered Reconstructions: A Pilot Study of a Nondestructive Dental Histoanatomical Analysis Method and Digital Workflow to Create Restorations Driven by Natural Dentin and Enamel Morphology" for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Barbosa's coauthors included Nicky M. Tovar, Class of 2019; Ronaldo Hirata, clinical assistant professor of biomaterials; Marjan Moghadam, clinical associate professor of prosthodontics; Paulo G. Coelho, associate professor of biomaterials and Leonard I. Linkow Associate Professor of Implant Dentistry; and Leila Jahangiri, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics.
  • Marie A. Congiusta, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care, on authoring "No Differences in Longevity of Direct and Indirect Composite Restorations" for Evidence-Based Dentistry.
  • Steven P. Engebretson, associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on receiving the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics Faculty Appreciation Award from the NYU Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.
  • Debra K. Fischoff, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, on coauthoring "Little Evidence to Support or Refute Interventions for the Management of Burning Mouth Syndrome" for Evidence-Based Dentistry. Dr. Fischoff's coauthors included Silvia Spivakovsky, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
  • James R. Keenan, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, on being named to the Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities (DECOD) Fellowship Program; and on coauthoring "No Evidence that Bonding is Needed for Amalgam Restorations" for Evidence-Based Dentistry. Dr. Keenan's coauthors included Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, and director of evidence-based dentistry in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion.
  • Arthur Kubikian, clinical assistant professor of endodontics, on presenting the lecture titled "Wave One Gold Endodontics at NYU - Simple and Safe," as part of an "Oral Health: Dentistry" session at the 12th Armenian Medical World Congress held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from May 31 to June 2, 2017.
  • Wayne Kye, clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on being selected by the American Board of Periodontology to serve as an examiner for the May 2017 Oral Board Examination; and on receiving both the Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award and Advanced Education Program in Periodontics Faculty Appreciation Award from the NYU Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.
  • Silvia Spivakovsky, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, on being elected vice president of the Evidence-based Dentistry Network of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR); and on authoring "Treatment for Bisphosphonate-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw" for Evidence-Based Dentistry.
  • Analia Veitz-Keenan, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, and director of evidence-based dentistry in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, on facilitating a workshop titled "Teaching Evidence Based Dentistry" at the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) meeting, "Dental Educators on the Move," in Barcelona, Spain; on receiving the Cochrane Oral Health Group's 20th Anniversary Competition Prize; and on coauthoring "No Evidence Available on Best Therapies for Postextraction Haemorrhage" for Evidence-Based Dentistry. Dr. Veitz-Keenan's coauthors included James R. Keenan, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
  • Ying Jo Wong, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care, on authoring "Root Canal Treatment Outcomes Not Affected by Increasing Age of Patient" for Evidence-Based Dentistry.
  • Paul Zhivago, DDS, '11, Jonathan & Maxine Ferencz Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, '14, adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics, on being awarded the 2017 Edison Award, honoring the top products and most impressive advances in dentistry. Dr. Zhivago's Open Platform Workflow system employs a software program originally used by filmmakers to vastly improve the quality of digital impressions on patients' mouths.

 



 

Promoting Our Own
  • Paul R. Baker, formerly adjunct clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, has been appointed clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  • Jessica Eisenhauer, formerly a dental assistant, has been promoted to lead dental assistant/radiographer in the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics.

 

June 2017


International Programs Celebrate Class of 2017

Fifty-four international programs students celebrated the completion of their certificate programs at a gala ceremony held at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 22, 2017. This year’s class included 39 women and 15 men from 22 countries. 

International Programs Celebrate


 


 

"Start Your Summer with a Smile"
Returns to Doctor Radio on June 19, 2017 

For the seventh consecutive year, Doctor Radio, a live, call-in radio program, will broadcast a weeklong (June 19-23) series on oral health titled "Start Your Summer with a Smile." Once again the program will be hosted by Dr. Mark S. Wolff, who will interview NYU Dentistry faculty experts on a range of topics. Monday's program will feature guest host Dr. Lawrence E. Brecht and faculty expert Dr. Leila Jahangiri on the topic, "Esthetically-focused Prosthodontics." On Tuesday, Dr. Wolff will interview Dr. Andrew B. Schenkel to answer the questions: "Why do some people get decay? Why do some not get decay? Can you become someone who does not get decay?" On Wednesday, Dr. Marc Henschel and Dr. James R. Keenan will join Dr. Wolff for a discussion of "Dental Care for People with Disabilities, Young and Old, Physical and Intellectual." On Thursday, Dr. Wolff will welcome Dr. Peter M. Loomer to speak about "Periodontal Disease and Dental Implants," and Friday's program will feature Dr. Ronald W. Kosinski for a discussion on "Advances in Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment." The show can be heard live all week from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on SiriusXM, channel 110. 

Doctor Radio


 



 

Welcome New Employees
Joining Our Community is


 

Congratulations to
  • Winnie Furnari, clinical professor of dental hygiene, on coauthoring "Cheiloscopy: Lip Print Inter-rater Reliability" for the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Professor Furnari's coauthors included Malvin N. Janal, senior research scientist and adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion.
  • David Glotzer, clinical professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on presenting a full-day course on disaster response to the members of the New York City Medical Reserve Corps on May 6, 2017. Dr. Glotzer's co-presenters included Victoria H. Raveis, research professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; and Miriam R. Robbins, adjunct associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine.
  • Kenneth K. Liao, clinical associate professor of endodontics, on being selected to present the keynote address at the Endodontic Society of the Philippines, Inc., (ESP) 1st Quarterly Scientific Seminar.
  • Matthew Malek, clinical assistant professor of endodontics and director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics, on coauthoring the chapter titled "Treatment Planning and Case Selection" for Ingle's Endodontics, 7th edition.
  • Seung-Hee Rhee, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being quoted by AGD Impact in the article titled "Standing Out Through Continuing Education."
  • Deepak Saxena, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed chair of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Innovation in Oral Care Awards Committee. Added kudos to Dr. Saxena on being invited to serve on the IADR's Innovation in Oral Care Awards Committee, 2019, and Nominating Committee, 2019; and on being invited to serve on the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Edward H. Hatton Awards Committee, 2019.
  • Cristina Teixeira, associate professor of orthodontics, on presenting a workshop titled "Changing the Boundaries of Orthodontics" at the American Association of Orthodontists 2017 Annual Session in San Diego, California.
  • Dean C. Vafiadis, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on authoring an article titled "Creating a Productive Digital Dental Practice" for Sidekick Dental Magazine
  • Queen Walker, group practice academic coordinator in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, on presenting her award-winning essay titled "Mindfulness in Action: Daily Calm" at the NYU Toastmasters International Area 51, 54 and 55 Speech & Evaluation Contest, "Rise and Reach," held at NYU Dentistry on March 16, 2017.
  • Yu Zhang, associate professor of biomaterials, on presenting the keynote address, "Bonding Between Porcelain Veneer, Zirconia Framework, and Resin Cement: Challenges and Opportunities," at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session in Seoul, Republic of Korea.


 

Promoting Our Own
  • Erin Brent, formerly assistant dean for financial planning, budget, and strategic initiatives, has been promoted to associate dean for financial & academic planning, and strategic initiatives. Learn more >>>
  • Angelita Leon, clinical instructor in dental hygiene, has been appointed coordinator of the Dental Assisting Certificate Program.
  • Olivier Nicolay has been appointed chair of the Department of Orthodontics. Learn more >>>

 



May 2017

Graduation 2017

Graduation 2017

On May 24, 2017, the Class of 2017, including more than 400 candidates for the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, AAS and BS degrees in dental hygiene, MS degrees in biomaterials and in clinical research, and Advanced Education Program certificates, saw their dreams come true as they received their degrees and certificates before an audience of over 4,500 people in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Learn more >>>

 



New York Times Magazine's First-Ever List of "Super Specialists" in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Includes Five NYU Dentistry Faculty

Five Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) faculty were recognized as "Super Specialists" in the New York Times Magazine's May 14, 2017, new addition to the annual "New York Super Doctors" supplement. They are: Dr. Lena Al-Sabban, clinical assistant professor; Dr. Kenneth E. Fleisher, clinical associate professor; Dr. Robert S. Glickman, professor and chair; Dr. David L. Hirsch, adjunct clinical assistant professor; and Dr. Marci H. Levine, clinical assistant professor. The "Super Specialists" were nominated by physician alumni of the annual "New York Super Doctors" list, who were asked to whom they would go or refer their patients and loved ones for care. Congratulations to all our OMS "Super Specialists"! 

Super Specialists


Dean’s Boardwalk Barbeque Inaugurates New Tradition

More than 600 students, faculty, staff, and administrators attended the Dean's Boardwalk Barbeque on May 12, 2017, at Riverpark Restaurant. The event — the culmination of NYU Dentistry Spirit Week — was sponsored by the Council on Humanitarianism & Culture Change, and included barbeque, boardwalk games, photo stand-ins, music, and dancing.
 

Dean’s Boardwalk Barbeque 2017


 



DDS Program Teaching Assistants Honored at Awards Ceremony

Fifty-eight teaching assistants in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care were honored by the Department at its annual Teaching Assistant Awards Ceremony held on May 19, 2017, in the Alfano Commons.

The following teaching assistants, all from the Class of 2018, were awarded certificates recognizing their roles as mentors to D1 students:

Gabriela Abascal
Leena Abdel-Qader
Yelizaveta Alekseyeva
Yessenia Barrera Andrade
Brandon Ash
Ekaterina Bagaeva
Sungyeob Phillips Baik
Matthew David Balenko
Hal M Belok
Amanda Andre
Raitzel C. Bernstein
Ilona Bobrov
Jacqueline Borkes
Mimi Chae
Tina Chang
Stephanie Chummar
Bahram Danaei
Natalie Jennifer Deleanu
Paul Dimitrey
Sara Farajian 

Nazia Fatima
Jessalyn Forella
Ariel Ginsberg
Erica Gyamfi
Anora Isayeva
Hae Lim Ji
Scott Kamenitz
Annie Khajetoorian
Rojeen Kohanano
Jeong Min Lee
Richard C. Lee
Yoojin Lee
Monica Lefkof
Ayala Lieberman
Jonathan Locke
Bracha Lubart
Eugenia Lungu
Leanne McCarron
Katerina Mlejnkova
Richard Mullin 

Alexandra Murty
Elizabeth Needels
Felicia Nicolas
Avinash Patel
Celeste Qian
Ramin Rahmani
Tina Claudia Ramirez
Meera Divya Rathi
Lucas K. Riabowol
Pauline M. Robinson
Louis Sigmund
Serena Ann Simone
Raveena Singh
Nicole N. Slezak
Marianne Sulistyo
Han Tian
Danielle Alyssa Winters
Rachel Yung

DDS Program Teaching Assistants Honored at Awards Ceremony


Dean's DDS Student Awards and Dental Hygiene Awards Ceremonies Recognize Outstanding Achievement

Dean's DDS Student Awards Ceremony

Sixty-seven graduating seniors in the DDS degree program received Dean's Student Awards on May 5, 2017, in recognition of their outstanding academic and public health achievements. In addition, two members of the DDS Class of 2018 received Dean's Student Awards and more than 260 peer mentors, peer tutors, and admissions ambassadors were recognized at the awards ceremony held in Septodont Hall. Learn more >>>



 


 

Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg Receives I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award as NYU Dentistry Faculty and Students Win Additional Awards at AAE17

Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg received the I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award at the American Association of Endodontists' 2017 Annual Session, which also featured presentation of the Part-time Educator Award to Dr. Joseph K. Spector, and the following student awards:

Poster Presentation Award

  • Dr. Kamolthip Songtrakul, PG Endo '17
    Faculty mentor: Dr. Louis M. Lin
    3rd place - "Continued Root Development of Immature Permanent Teeth with
    Persistent Apical Periodontitis after Regenerative Endodontic Therapy"

Table Clinic Presentation Award

  • Dr. Arash Safaverdi, PG Endo '17
    Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer L. Gibbs
    4th place - "Chronic Post-surgical Pain in Endodontics"

 

The following students and faculty also presented at the meeting:

Oral Research Presentation

Poster Presentation

  • Dr. Allyson Won, PG Endo '18, and Dr. Pardis Rajabai, PG Endo '17 (co-presenters)
  • Dr. David Cuocolo, PG Endo '17
  • Dr. Hae Jung Ko, PG Endo '18
  • Dr. Pierre Wohlgemuth, PG Endo '18
  • Dr. Younghyup "Joe" Byun, PG Endo '18

Table Clinics Presentation

  • Dr. Nghia Bui, PG Endo '17

Faculty Lecturers

  • Dr. Jennifer L. Gibbs
    • "Regenerative Endodontics: What Does the Evidence Show?"
  • Dr. Louis M. Lin
    • "Saving the Natural Tooth by Pulp and Dentin Regeneration"
  • Dr. Asgeir Sigurdsson
    • "Meta-analysis: Non-surgical Outcomes with Modern Techniques"
    • "Oops! Mishaps in Your Endodontics Procedures: Corrective Measures"

In addition, Dr. Benoit Michot, postdoctoral associate in the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, and Dr. Gibbs received a $17,000 grant from the American Association of Endodontists for their project titled "Interactions of Neurons and Dental Pulp Stem Cells in Pulpitis: The Role of Calcitonin Gene-related Peptide."
 



Annual Service Awards Ceremony Pays Tribute to 138 Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

NYU Dentistry hosted its annual Service Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2017, in the Dr. Michael C. Alfano Commons. The ceremony paid tribute to 138 faculty, staff, and administrators celebrating 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of continuous service at the College. Learn more >>> 

Service Awards 2017

 

 

Welcome New Employees
Joining our community are
  • Guido Sarnachiaro as adjunct clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.
  • Stephen Swenson as senior systems administrator for Technology and Informatics Services (TIS).
     


 

Congratulations to

  • Shirley Birenz, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, on presenting a CE course titled "Growth of Health Communication: The Story of Consumer Power and Medical Innovation" at the Garden State Dental Conference and Expo on May 6, 2017, in Newark, New Jersey.
  • Mijin Choi, clinical associate professor of prosthodontics and director of the Jonathan and Maxine Ferencz Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, and Leila Jahangiri, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics, on being featured in Women in Prosthodontics, an e-book published by the American College of Prosthodontists to celebrate the history of women in the specialty.
  • Thomas S. Giugliano, clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics, on authoring the chapter, "Prosthodontics Complications," in Avoiding and Treating Dental Complications: Best Practices in Dentistry, 1st edition.
  • Juhee Jeong, assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the DSR Member Conflict Special Emphasis Panel of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
  • Ronald W. Kosinski, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry, on being appointed a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Review Committee.
  • Yihong Li, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the Special Grants Review Committee of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
  • Daniel Malamud, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council.
  • Ivy Peltz and Eric Studley, clinical associate professors of cariology and comprehensive care, on coauthoring an article titled "Express Gratitude, Improve Your Well-being: The Benefits of Unplugging to Recharge" for AGD Impact.
  • Miriam R. Robbins, adjunct associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, on authoring the review article "Recent Recommendations for Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus–positive Patients" for Dental Clinics of North America; on being appointed a member of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Dental Standards of Care Committee; and on being elected president of The American Academy of Oral Medicine Executive Committee.
  • Jean-Pierre N. Saint-Jeannet, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the Health Neurogenesis and Cell Fate (NCF) Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review.
     


April 2017

DDS Students and Faculty Bring Dental Care to Masaryk Towers Community 

A group of 12 DDS students from the interprofessional, student-run organization ACE (Accommodation, Conglomeration, and Eudaimonia) provided oral health education and free dental and oral cancer screenings, under the supervision of Dr. Gene B. Sherwin and Dr. Julie K. Yip, to senior citizens at Masaryk Towers in Manhattan on April 29, 2017.

Masaryk Towers

From left: Ms. Marianne Sulistyo, '18, Mr. Sam Chien, '17, Ms. Jennifer Chu, '17, Mr. Victor Chu, '18, Ms. Bing Wang, '17, Mr. Addison Cheng, '18, Dr. Julie K. Yip, Dr. Gene B. Sherwin, Ms. Nicole Albstein, '20, Ms. Amy Cao, '17, Ms. Brittany Wall, '20, Mr. Eric Yeh, '20, and Ms. Tiffany Gu, '20. Not shown: Ms. Diana Naula, '18.



2017 NYU President's Service Awards Go to Zia Verjee, '17, and to Citizen Schools

Mr. Zia Verjee, '17, and the NYU Dentistry student-run organization, Citizen Schools, were honored at the 2017 NYU President's Service Awards for outstanding service to NYU and the broader community. Mr. Verjee was recognized as an individual recipient in the Community Service and Civic Engagement category for his commitment to community service and philanthropic advocacy as a student leader at NYU Dentistry. Citizen Schools was recognized in the Community Service and Civic Engagement category for its commitment to fostering future healthcare professionals and for inspiring underprivileged communities to become more involved in the health sciences.

NYU President’s Service Awards Go to Zia Verjee

Left: Mr. Zia Verjee, ’17, with NYU President Andrew Hamilton. Right: Ms. Soo Y. Yoo, ’19, Mr. Joseph Kang, ’19, President Hamilton, Mr. Peter Z. Zhao, ’19, and Mr. Lyndon K. Tran, ’19. ©NYU Photo Bureau: Elena Olivio



Second Annual Common Hours Held

The College held its second Common Hours on April 25, 2017, in the Rosenthal Pavilion at Washington Square, a half-day forum for members of our academic community to share their thoughts on issues relevant to NYU Dentistry's strategic direction. This was the sixth Plenary Council/Common Hours event held over the past four years.

Dr. Robert Berne, NYU’s executive vice president for health, brought greetings on behalf of the University at the opening of the session, and NYU Provost Dr. Katherine E. Fleming delivered remarks at the luncheon.

New this year was an interactive, anonymous online poll to elicit attendees' perceptions concerning the quality of interpersonal relationships on campus.

Common Hours also included a report on advances in improving academic scheduling, one of the major issues identified at both last spring’s Common Hours and last fall’s Plenary Council.

Stay tuned for more on Common Hours 2017 in future issues of News & Notes.

NYU Dentistry Common Hours 2017


Global Student Outreach Team Returns to Machias, Maine

The NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program provided free oral health care and instruction to approximately 900 children and adults in Machias, Maine, from April 2-8, 2017. Thirty-six faculty, staff, and students — including 14 predoctoral dental students, two dental hygiene students, and six postgraduate students — participated in the outreach, the College's 10th visit to rural Washington County since 2010. Learn more >>



Welcome New Employees
Joining our community are
  • Shahir Bano as a junior research scientist in the Department of Biomaterials.
  • Jessica Hilburg as associate dean for clinical affairs. Learn more >>>
  • Shulamite Huang as a research instructor in epidemiology and health promotion.
  • Jessica Lui as an administrative aide in the Office of Admissions.
  • Asma Muzaffar as adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Bernadette Sawa as adjunct clinical instructor of cariology and comprehensive care.
  • Suzette M. Stines as clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.
     

 

 

Congratulations to
  • Eugene H. Bass, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care, on authoring "Combined Orthodontic and Restorative Approach to Esthetic Treatment of Maxillary Peg Lateral Incisor in Adolescent Female Patient: A Case Report" for the New York State Dental Journal.
  • Miriam Eckstein, assistant research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, on coauthoring an article titled "Store-operated Ca2+ Entry Controls Ameloblast Cell Function and Enamel Development" for the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) Insight. Dr. Eckstein's coauthors included Timothy G. Bromage, professor of biomaterials; Paulo Coelho, associate professor of biomaterials and Leonard I. Linkow Associate Professor of Implant Dentistry; and Rodrigo S. Lacruz, assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology.
  • Chandurpal P. Gehani, adjunct clinical associate professor of endodontics, on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Indian Dental Association at the association's annual awards ceremony in Mumbai, India.
  • Malvin N. Janal, senior research scientist and adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion, Paulo Coelho, associate professor of biomaterials and Leonard I. Linkow Associate Professor of Implant Dentistry, and Ronaldo Hirata, clinical assistant professor of biomaterials, on coauthoring an article titled "Microcomputed Tomography Evaluation of Volumetric Shrinkage of Bulk-Fill Composites in Class II Cavities" for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.
  • James R. Keenan, clinical assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, on being elected president of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry.
  • Xin Li, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Peer Review Panel on Prostate Cancer.
  • Kenneth S. Magid, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being quoted in the Dr. Oz The Good Life article "Anti-Age Your...Teeth!" on the effectiveness and side effects of teeth whitening.
  • Richard Niederman, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, on being quoted in People in an article titled "Complications from Tooth Infection Lead to California Father's Death," and in the Well and Good article "Is It Still Safe to Have Triclosan in Your Toothpaste?" Added kudos to Dr. Niederman on being featured in a SiriusXM Doctor Radio segment about men's dental and oral health on April 5, 2017.
  • Evgeny Pavlov, assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Cell - Cell Structure and Survival Review Committee, and a member of the Membrane Biology and Protein Processing (MBPP) Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Added kudos to Dr. Pavlov on coediting "Inorganic Polyphosphates in Eukaryotic Cells."
  • Seung-Hee Rhee, adjunct clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed a member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Membership Committee; and on authoring the article "10 Things I Learned from Cancer" for the Journal of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry Journal, GP.
     

MARCH 2017


DDS Students and Faculty Provide Free Oral Health Screenings and Education to Families at Anna Silver School Health Fair

On March 9, six DDS students, led by Mr. Alvin Babu, Class of 2019, and faculty members Dr. Nuray Ozu and Dr. Ying J. Wong, participated in a health fair organized by the NYU School of Medicine Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine. The outreach was held at The Anna Silver School on the Lower East Side and provided free dental screenings and oral health education to children and their parents. Additional volunteer groups, including the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, NYPD, and FDNY, also provided free health screenings and consultations at the event. 

Anna Silver

From left: Ms. Sherin N. Merchant, ’19, Dr. Ying J. Wong, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care, Ms. Ariz Tanvir, ’19, Ms. Rand Ghazala, ’19, Ms. Anna Wong, ’19, and Mr. Alvin Babu, ’19. Not shown: Ms. Soo Yoo, ’19, and Dr. Nuray Ozu, adjunct clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care.


 

Amanda André, ’18, Takes First Place in ADEA/DENTSPLY International Student Poster Awards 

Ms. Amanda André, Class of 2018, took first place in the ADEA/DENTSPLY International Student Poster Awards competition, recognizing outstanding research and innovation demonstrated by dental students. Ms. André presented her poster, "Health Issues Among Dental Students," before a record-breaking number of attendees at the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, "Beyond Boundaries," held in Long Beach, California, from March 18-21, 2017. Ms. André was mentored by Dr. Maureen McAndrew, clinical professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and senior director of professional development. Learn more >>>

Amanda Andre

 

Inaugural Dean's Honors Day Celebrates Outstanding Achievements by Faculty, Administrators, and Staff During the 2016 Calendar Year

On Sunday, March 26, Dean Bertolami hosted the Inaugural Dean's Honors Day – A Celebration of Excellence – to recognize outstanding professional distinction earned by faculty, administrators, and staff during the 2016 calendar year. The event, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, drew nearly 250 honorees and guests for a program that marked the inception of a new tradition at NYU Dentistry. "Recipients of Dean's Honors Day awards," said Dean Bertolami, "have demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research, service to the profession, innovation, and administration, both intra- and extramurally." Click here to view the program.

dhd2017

 

AADR Student Research Fellows and Travel Grant Recipients Announced at IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition

Congratulations to Mr. Zachary Conley and Ms. Olivia Nguyen, both members of the Class of 2019, on being elected student research fellows of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Mr. Conley, mentored by Dr. Bradley E. Aouizerat and Dr. Brian L. Schmidt, was recognized for his poster titled "Translational Bioinformatics: Discovery of Novel Therapeutic Targets in Oral Cancer Pain." Ms. Nguyen, mentored by Dr. Yihong Li, was recognized for her poster titled "Effect of Silver Diamine Fluoride on Caries Lesion of Human Deciduous Teeth." Each fellowship carries with it a stipend in the amount of $2,100. Congratulations also to Mr. Jong Uk Chung, '18, Ms. Lucy Hovanisyan, '20, Mr. Wonkyu Seo, '19, and Ms. Irene Shuman, '19, on receiving AADR Bloc travel grants at the 2017 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition, in recognition of the originality of their research designs, innovations in technique, and scientific merit. 

 

"SXSWedu" Panel Discussion on Innovative Learning Experiences Features Elena P. Cunningham and Cristián Opazo

Dr. Elena P. Cunningham, clinical associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, and Mr. Cristián Opazo, director of educational technology, participated in a panel discussion titled "Building a Culture of Innovation" at the South by Southwest® SXSWedu Conference held from March 6-9, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Sponsored by Cerego, the discussion focused on the uses of that personalized learning platform to respond to organizational changes and significantly improve students' academic performance. Dr. Cunningham and Mr. Opazo explained how Cerego is being used at NYU Dentistry to help boost students’ scores on Part I of the National Board Dental Examination. Read the Summer 2016 Global Health Nexus article, "A Conversation with Dr. Elena P. Cunningham and Dr. Johanna Warshaw" to learn more about Cerego at the College of Dentistry.

Panel Discussion

 

NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program Returns to Chalchicomula de Sesma, Mexico

The NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program conducted its second clinical outreach to Chalchicomula de Sesma, Mexico, from March 4-12, 2017. Through a partnership with the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a local private university, the outreach team provided free oral health instruction and care to more than 500 children and adults. 

outreach-to-mexico

 

Charity Ride at Flywheel Sports Raises Funds for the NYU Oral Cancer Center

An Oral Cancer Walk charity ride was held on March 12, 2017, at Flywheel Sports, Gansevoort Park Studio. More than 30 students, faculty, and friends participated in the cycling event, the Oral Cancer Walk Committee’s second charity ride since February. Both charity rides, the first held on February 4, 2017, at 19th Street SoulCycle in NYC, raised more than $2,000 to benefit the NYU Oral Cancer Center. Fundraising for the Cancer Center will continue at the Oral Cancer Walk on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Registration for the walk is now open, and donations are currently being accepted.

Flywheel Charity Ride

 

 

Welcome New Employees

Joining our community are

Congratulations to
  • Ashley C. Grill, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, on being featured in an ADHA Access Q&A about the new Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT Code), referred to as the "gingivitis code," which clinicians should use when treating patients with no bone loss and moderate to severe gingivitis. Added kudos to Ms. Grill on being appointed a reviewer on the Research Grant Review Committee of the American Dental Hygienists' Association Institute of Oral Health.
  • Richard E. Heyman, professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on coauthoring an article titled "Dental Fear and Avoidance in Treatment Seekers at a Large, Urban Dental Clinic" for Oral Health Preventive Dentistry. Dr. Heyman's coauthors included Amy M. Slep, professor of cariology and comprehensive care; and Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and associate dean for predoctoral clinical education and for development.
  • Gaurav Jain, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, on leading a discussion titled "The Next Generation of Functional Biomaterials" at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC), "Bioinspired Materials;" and on authoring "Take Every Chance to Better Yourself" for the Cell 168 feature, "Leading Edge: Voices - Postdocs, What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?"
  • Edmund Khoo, clinical assistant professor of orthodontics, on being appointed a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Site Visitor.
  • Jessica Li, '17, on being interviewed by The NextDDS for an online blog published in January 2017.
  • Matthew Malek, clinical assistant professor of endodontics and director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics, Louis M. Lin, professor of endodontics, Paul A. Rosenberg, professor of endodontics, and Asgeir Sigurdsson, associate professor and chair of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, on being contributing authors for Cohen's Pathways of the Pulp Expert Consult, 11th ed. Added kudos to Drs. Malek, Sigurdsson, and Lin on coauthoring an article titled "Treatment of Mature Permanent Teeth with Necrotic Pulps and Apical Periodontitis Using Regenerative Endodontic Procedures: A Case Series" for the Journal of Endodontics.
  • Nicola C. Partridge, professor and chair of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, on being appointed a member of the Health Skeletal Biology Development and Disease (SBDD) Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review; and on being appointed a member of the editorial board of Physiological Reviews, a publication of the American Physiological Society.
  • Karen G. Raphael, professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, on being quoted in the dailymail.com article "Wearing a Mouthguard at Night Can Actually Make Your Jaw Pain WORSE: So What Can Millions of Tooth Grinders Do Instead to End Their Agony?"
  • Leslie F. Smithey, senior director of quality assurance and patient care and adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on being appointed a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Site Visitor.
  • Vera Tang (vice president), clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, Wayne Kye (treasurer), clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, and Giorgio T. DiVincenzo (secretary), adjunct clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on being elected officers of the Northeastern Society of Periodontists for 2017. Added kudos to Dr. Tang on being featured in a SiriusXM Doctor Radio segment about healthy teeth and gums on February 23, 2017; and on being quoted in the Women's Health article "5 Crazy Things That Happen When You Don’t Brush Your Tongue."

 
Promoting Our Own
  • Yuet Ming Yuen-Ologan, formerly senior clinic manager, has been promoted to assistant director of patient centered care services.

     

 

February 2017


DDS and Dental Hygiene Students Place Second Overall in 19th Annual All-University Games

The College placed second overall in NYU's 19th annual All-University Games held February 21, 2017, at Chelsea Piers Sports Center. The annual tournament, part of the University's official spirit week known as Violet 100, is open to students, faculty, and staff across NYU, and includes friendly competition in a series of intramural athletic events such as volleyball and ping pong, two categories in which Dentistry's own Jurassic Plaque team placed first.

Team Jurassic Plaque

 

Second Annual Public Health Dentistry Conference Draws More than 100 Students and Faculty from Across the Globe 

More than 100 dental, dental hygiene, and pre-dental students and faculty from NYU, Penn, Columbia, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, Hostos Hygiene, Hunter, the University of Ecuador-Quito, University of Jordan, San Antonio, Rutgers, Tufts, Michigan, and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and College of Global Public Health, participated in the Students in Public Health Dentistry Conference, "Advocacy: Every Dentist's Chance to Change the World," held at NYU Dentistry on February 26, 2017. The event featured keynote presentations by Renee Joskow, DDS, MPH, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service and senior dental advisor, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Mr. John Kemp, president and CEO of the Viscardi Center for children and adults with disabilities, along with group breakout sessions on topics including chairside advocacy, insurance, and personalized care/cultural sensitivity. The event was sponsored by the NYU Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.

SPHD 2017

 

DDS Students Jenny Jeon and Andrew Kary Score Prizes at HackNYU 2017

Kudos to Jenny Jeon,'17, on receiving a prize for "Memo Rooms," a project within the Education Technology Track, and Andrew Kary,'17, on receiving a prize for "Tactile Textures," a project within the Assistive Technology Track, at NYU's 2017 Hackathon held from February 17-19, at the Tandon School of Engineering. "Memo Rooms" draws on the natural human ability to remember three-dimensional spaces in order to help its users study. By constructing a "memory palace," a digital world where students can post note cards and lecture slides, the app lets you hack your brain and learn materials as though you had a photographic memory. "Tactile Textures" solves a problem many dental students face: the lack of touch during pre-clinical simulations. The product records vibrations and plays them back along with video in order to provide a more realistic simulation for students. HackNYU 2017 featured more than 80 projects submitted by students from throughout the University.  

HackNYU 2017

 

Peer Review Board Members Honored at Dean's Luncheon

Dean Bertolami hosted a luncheon on February 13, 2017, to welcome new members of the 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.

Peer Review Board 2017

From left: Mr. Kendrick Park, '17 (PRB Rep.), Mr. Mihai Urichianu, '18 (PRB Rep.), Mr. Anthony Lee, '19 (PRB Rep.), Ms. Sarah M. Hanna, '20 (PRB Rep.), Mr. Vandeep Bagga, '17 (Student Council President; PRB Chair), Mr. Anil Sishta, '19 (PRB Rep.), Ms. Ilona Zbirun, '18 (PRB Rep.), Mr. Christopher Peppel, '18 (PRB Rep.), and Ms. Mallika Murali, '17 (PRB Rep.). Not shown: Ms. Laya Bahrani, '20.

 

Steven Erbeck, '20, Appointed to 2017-18 ASDA National Leadership Board

Steven Erbeck, '20

Congratulations to Steven Erbeck, Class of 2020, on being appointed to the position of legislative coordinator for the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) for 2017-18. Mr. Erbeck was selected for this national leadership position from a competitive pool of applicants, and will play an integral role in achieving the association's goals for the coming year.  

 

DDS Students and Faculty Bring Dental Care to Sunrise Adult Day Health Care Center in Brooklyn

Second- and third-year DDS students, supervised by Dr. Fabiola Milord, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care, provided oral health education and free dental and oral cancer screenings at Sunrise Adult Day Health Care Center in Brooklyn on February 13, 2017. The outreach was organized with help from the NYU Dentistry chapter of the Russian American Dental Association (RADA), which provided translation services for Russian-speaking patients.

RADA at Sunrise Brooklyn

 

NYU Dentistry Celebrates Give Kids a Smile Day

Forty-eight DDS students representing three campus clubs — the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Club, Special Needs Society, and Generation Smiles — partnered with the New York County Dental Society for the 2017 Give Kids a Smile NYC Day. The Department of Pediatric Dentistry organized the full-day event, which was held at three public schools in underserved areas of Manhattan on Friday, February 3.

Give Kids a Smile NYC, the Society's largest community-focused event, brings together dentists, dental staff, dental students, and other volunteers to provide dental screenings and education to children, their parents, and teachers, in a fun and festive environment. The event also provides an opportunity to build connections and raise the profile of the profession. More than 1,000 children were screened and referred for follow-up care, if needed. 

Give Kids a Smile Day 2017

Scar Vita, 2017 Copyright, Photography New York County Dental Society

Welcome New Employees

Joining our community are

Congratulations to
  • The following faculty on being appointed to the editorial board of the International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health: Gary S. Berkowitz, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care; Iryna Branets, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; Sang-Choon Cho, clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implant dentistry; Mijin Choi, clinical associate professor of prosthodontics and director of the Jonathan and Maxine Ferencz Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics; Natalia Elson, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care; Denise Estafan, associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care; and Angela R. Kamer, associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry.
  • Giuseppe Cicero, a third-year postdoctoral student in the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics, on being featured in an article in The Huffington Post titled "Young, Creative, Ambitious - Pushing the Limits of Dentistry in New York City with Italy in His Heart."
  • Angela M. De Bartolo, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed a member of the Second District Dental Society Oral Health Committee.
  • Denise Estafan, associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, Benjamin Godder, clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, Martina Majstorovic, adjunct associate professor of pediatric dentistry, and Ira D. Zinner, clinical professor of prosthodontics, on being appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care Medicine. Added kudos to Dr. Estafan on being appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Dentistry.
  • John S. Evans, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on being appointed a member of the Nanopatterned Organic Matrices in Biological Silica Mineralization (NANOMEE) Study Section of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • Kenneth E. Fleisher, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, on coediting the AOCMF journal titled "Antiresorptive Drug-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ARONJ) - Guide to Research." Contributing authors, along with Dr. Fleisher, included Niloufar Amintavakoli and K.C. Chan, both clinical assistant professors in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.
  • Stuart J. Froum, adjunct clinical professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, on being quoted in the American Academy of Periodontology article, "Basic Care for Periodontal Disease May Not Be Enough for Patients with Diabetes," regarding the results of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
  • Winnie Furnari, clinical professor of dental hygiene, on being appointed chair of the Community Service Grant Review Committee of the American Dental Hygienists' Association Institute of Oral Health.
  • Gary R. Goldstein, professor of prosthodontics, on presenting the keynote address, "Why Do We Do the Things We Do: Centric Relation," at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Prosthodontics, and on authoring a chapter titled "The State of the Evidence in Implant Prosthodontics" for Evidence-based Implant Treatment Planning and Clinical Protocols.
  • Maria P. Rodriguez Cardenas, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on coauthoring an article titled "Beyond Digital Margins: Helping Students Develop Visual and Thinking Skills with CAD/CAM" for the International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health. Dr. Rodriguez Cardenas' coauthors included Marie A. Congiusta, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care and group practice director; David H. Hershkowitz, clinical associate professor and associate chair of cariology and comprehensive care; and Denise Estafan, associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care. Added kudos to Dr. Rodriguez Cardenas on co-presenting a New Ideas session titled "Electronic Health Records Framework in Interprofessional Education and Practice" and a poster titled "Benefits of Peer Assessment in Dental Education and Professional Practice" at the 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. Dr. Rodriguez Cardenas' co-presenters included Dr. Estafan; Kenneth L. Allen, clinical associate professor and associate chair of cariology and comprehensive care; Angela De Bartolo, clinical assistant professor of cariology and comprehensive care and group practice director; Lucretia DePaola-Cefola, clinical instructor in cariology and comprehensive care and group practice director; and Mark S. Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care and senior associate dean for development.
Promoting Our Own
  • Matthew Cisneros, formerly a multimedia technician in Technology and Informatics Services (TIS), has been promoted to an applications specialist in TIS.

     

 

January 2017

AADR National Student Research Group Award Goes to NYU Dentistry for "Most New AADR Student Members" in 2016 and 2017

With 34 new student members combined in 2016 and 2017 – more than any other dental school – NYU Dentistry will be recognized with the AADR National Student Research Group Award on March 23, at the AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG) Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony, part of the 2017 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition in San Francisco. 

 

DDS Students and Faculty Partner with LIU Nursing to Bring Dental Care to Xavier Mission in NYC

Seven DDS students, under the supervision of faculty members Dr. Leonard I. Flug and Dr. Allan S. Grayson, partnered with the Long Island University School of Health Professions and Nursing on January 29, 2017, for an inaugural outreach to Xavier Mission in New York City. The outreach, organized with help from the Muslim Student Dental Association, provided free dental screenings and oral health instruction to patients in need.

MDA at Xavior Mission

 

Charity Ride at SoulCycle Raises Funds for the NYU Oral Cancer Center

An Oral Cancer Walk charity ride was held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 19th Street SoulCycle in NYC. More than 50 students, faculty, staff, and friends participated in the event, which raised nearly $1,400 to benefit the NYU Oral Cancer Center. Due to popular demand, plans for an additional charity ride at Flywheel Sports are in the works. Stay tuned for information on upcoming Oral Cancer Walk charity rides, and details about registering for the April 23rd Oral Cancer Walk.

SoulCycle Charity Ride

 

Dean Charles N. Bertolami's "Ring in the New Year" Celebration 2017
 

Ring in the New Year 2017


DDS Class of 2019 and Dental Hygiene Programs Hold White Coat Ceremonies

The DDS Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony was held on January 17, 2017, at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Faculty, family, and friends joined in the annual celebration signifying students’ transition to the clinical phase of their journey toward becoming dentists. Family members were also invited to attend a White Coat Symposium and Open House the following day.

Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony



Dental Hygiene White Coat Ceremony 2017


The Dental Hygiene Program’s White Coat Ceremony was held on January 20, 2017, in Nagle Lecture Hall. Eighty-five BS and AAS degree students in dental hygiene were honored at the annual event, which recognizes students’ transition to the clinic and their commitment to providing quality patient care.
 
 

Welcome New Employees

Joining our community are

  • Samantha Jaser as assistant director of international admissions and recruitment for the Programs for International Dentists.
  • Hannah Nayun Kim as a patient service representative.
  • Denise A. Trochesset as clinical professor and associate chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.
  • Sara Ivette Valentin as a patient service representative.

 

 

Congratulations to
  • William R. Abrams, adjunct professor and senior research scientist in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, on being selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve on a Special Emphasis Panel reviewing applications for the R21 exploratory/developmental research grant titled "Rapid Assessment of Zika Virus Complications." Added kudos to Dr. Abrams on being appointed an academic editor for PLOS ONE.
  • Donna G. Albertson, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, on receiving the 2016 Outstanding Investigator Award presented by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for her work as chair of four NCI Special Emphasis Panels.
  • Bradley E. Aouizerat, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and deputy director of the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, on being appointed a member of the Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences (NRCS) Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review.
  • Habib Benzian, adjunct professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on writing a chapter, "Promoting Oral Health through Programs in Middle Childhood and Adolescence," for Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition.
  • William W. Bongiorno, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, Natalia Elson, clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, and Denise Estafan, associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on being appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care. Added kudos to Dr. Bongiorno on being appointed incoming chair of the Second District Dental Society Greater New York Dental Meeting Organizational Committee and a member of the Second District Dental Society Membership and Communications Committee.
  • Lawrence E. Brecht, adjunct clinical associate professor of prosthodontics, Gary R. Goldstein, professor of prosthodontics, and Leila Jahangiri, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics, on being appointed to the editorial review board of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.
  • Timothy Bromage, professor of biomaterials, on being featured in Quanta Magazine in "Teeth May Reveal a Multi-Day Biological Clock," and on co-presenting a keynote lecture titled "Does the Biology of Facial Growth Have Any Impact on Your Clinical Results for Your Family of Patients?" at the 2016 International Association for Orthodontics (IAO) Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Courtney Chinn, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry, on being appointed a member of the Northeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Governmental Affairs.
  • George J. Cisneros, professor of orthodontics, on serving as guest editor of the September 2016 issue of Seminar in Orthodontics, and on being elected president of the Northeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Ananda P. Dasanayake, professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on being invited to serve on three National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) sections: Establishing Behavioral and Social Measures for Causal Pathway Research in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Review; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Review.
     

 

 

Promoting Our Own
  • Rita Rani, formerly a supply assistant, has been promoted to patient service representative for oral surgery.
  • Ana Quinche, formerly a lead dental assistant, has been promoted to dental hygienist for orthodontics.
  • Suzette Muwwakil, formerly a central sterilization unit technician, has been promoted to supply assistant.