Global Health Nexus, Spring 1999

Focus on Alumni: The Pride of NYU Dentistry

Congratulations to


Dr. Maurice J. Oringer, Class of 1928, was listed in the 1998 edition of Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare.


Dr. Marvin K. Rubin, Class of 1942, is the author of a memoir entitled Word of Mouth: A Manhattan Dentist Tells All . . . Well Almost All, published by Tri-Atlantic Books.
Dr. Max Geshwind, Class of 1943, recently published two articles, "Treating Toothache with the Curative Powers of Mesmerism" and "Dental Remedies in Early American Husbandry Books" for "The Antique Book Collectors Corner" of The Journal of the History of Dentistry.
Dr. Elliot Feinberg, Class of 1945, received the Dental Society of the State of New York Jarvie-Burkhart Award at the association's annual meeting in New York City in November. The award, given annually, recognizes outstanding service to mankind through dentistry and is the highest honor granted by the society.
Dr. Mortimer Stone, Class of 1948, was recognized in June for his 50 years of membership in the Massachusetts Dental Society.


Dr. Gerard A. Ripp, Class of 1955, received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award of the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the American College of Dentists in December.
Dr. Bertram S. Bildner
, Class of 1957, was chosen president-elect of the Dental Society of the State of New York. He will serve as president of the state association in the year 2000.
Dr. Robert A. Seminara, Class of 1957, was appointed director of dental medicine for the New York Methodist Hospital.
Dr. Vincent V. Le Bruna, Class of 1958, received the 1998 Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). The award acknowledges "exceptional humanitarian efforts and outstanding contributions to our country."
Dr. Matthew Hertz, Class of 1959, received an award for 25 years of service to the village of Ardsley, New York. He served Ardsley as commissioner of parks and recreation for 20 years and currently represents the village on the United Water Commission and the community board. Dr. Stephen Bender, Class of 1959, was named a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.
Dr. Robert W. Carter, Class of 1959, spoke on "Coping with the Stress of a Malpractice Litigation" at the 1998 Greater New York Dental Meeting.


Dr. I. Kenneth Adisman, Class of 1960 (Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics), spoke at the 1998 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. The occasion was the conferment of an Honorary Fellowship on Professor P. L. Branemark of Gottenberg, Sweden. Dr. Adisman is a clinical professor of prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina Dental School in Durham.
Dr. Leonard L. DeDuke, Class of 1960, recently assembled a bottle-nosed dolphin skeleton for the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina. Cetacean experts at the museum report it to be the most accurate skeleton of this type ever assembled. The skeleton is currently on display at the museum.
Dr. Stephen Baer, Class of 1961, received the Gary Strong Memorial Award for "outstanding service and dedication to the academy." He received this honor at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Academies of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Dr. Paul Dworkis, Class of 1961, was named chairman of the Peer Review Committee for the Bronx County Dental Society, a component of the Dental Society of the State of New York.
Dr. Arthur L. Mollin, Class of 1961, coauthored an article entitled "Home Drug Infusion Therapy" for The International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.
Dr. William K. Kopp, Class of 1963, spoke on "Laser Types and Uses" at the 1998 annual meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Marvin Mansky, Class of 1963, authored an article entitled "A Question About Those Communications" for Dental Economics. The article focuses on the importance of dentists developing supportive relationships with their patients.
Dr. Peddrick Weis, Class of 1963, an instructor in the department of anatomy, cell biology, and injury science at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for his study of "Wetland Plants' Roles and Transport of Heavy Metals and Remediation." Dr. Weiss is also investigating antimicrobial peptides from fish skin through a four-year grant funded by the National Oceanographic Administration.
Dr. Merritt D. Halem, Class of 1968, is actively involved in Special Olympics programs and was elected chairman of the Olympic Village for the North Miami Beach Special Olympics.


Dr. Steven I. Arkoff, Class of 1970, received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for 1997-1998 from the Mountainside Hospital Dental Department. The award is given to the member of the dental department who has made the greatest contribution to the General Practice Dental Residency Program.
Dr. Larry Rosenthal, Class of 1971, was featured on the front page of the January 31, 1999 edition of The New York Times Sunday "Styles" section. The story, "Polishing Their Image," focused on dentists who become celebrities. It also featured Dr. Irwin Smigel, '50, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, whom the article referred to as a "dean in the field."
Dr. Ira M. Kelmons, Class of 1972, an instructor at the Center for Head and Facial Pain in South Amboy, New Jersey, has written a chapter entitled "Radiofrequency Thermoneurolysis for Head and Facial Pain and TM Joint Dysfunctions," published in New Delhi, India, in 1998.
Dr. Harry P. Meyers, Class of 1974, has been inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.
Dr. Francis T. Piliero, Class of 1974, has been promoted to associate professor of surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and chief of the Division of Dentistry at the University Hospital Health Science Center in Syracuse.
Dr. Brad Lewis, Class of 1975, has authored an article entitled "Formaldehyde in Dentistry: A Review for the Millennium" for The Journal of Clinical Pediatric Practice. Dr. Lewis is also a novelist whose latest book is My Father, Uncle Miltie.
Dr. Herbert D. Benkel, Class of 1976, has been chosen president-elect of the Bergen County Dental Society.
Dr. George L. Bozzi, Jr., Class of 1979, received his J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1998 and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar the same year.


Dr. Keith H. Kanner, Class of 1990, spoke on "Management of Impacted Teeth" at the Missini Bay Study Club in Boca Raton, Florida.
Dr. Frank J. Tabacchini, Class of 1993, has been inaugurated as president of the Stamford Dental Society.
Dr. Tanya Wong, Class of 1994, has coauthored an article entitled "One Clinical Visit for a Multiple Implant Restoration Master Cast Fabrication" for The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.