Global Health Nexus, Spring 1999

Portraits of Implant Pioneers Are Hung in Their Honor

Formal portraits of Dr. Leonard I. Linkow and Dr. Arthur Ashman have been hung at the College in the Department of Implant Dentistry bearing Dr. Ashman' name. Dr. Linkow, a 1952 graduate of the College, is generally regarded as the "father of modern implant dentistry," and Dr. Ashman, a 1961 Columbia University graduate, is coinventor of a synthetic bone replacement called HTR Polymer that has shown promise of regenerating bone tissue in the mouth as well as the rest of the body. The two world-renowned implant dentistry pioneers have long had a lot in common. Both are ardent baseball fans and spring-training campers who once considered professional baseball careers. Both are also responsible for historic "firsts" at NYU Dentistry: Dr. Linkow for the world's first professorship in implant dentistry, the Leonard I. Linkow Professorship in Implant Dentistry; Dr. Ashman for the world's first official department of implant dentistry, the Arthur Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry.

"We are so pleased to have the portraits of these two giants in the field of implant dentistry grace our campus," said Dean Alfano. "Luckily for us, they chose dentistry instead of baseball."