Global Health Nexus, Summer 2001

Hospital-Linked Faculty Practice Opens

NYU Dentistry further expanded its patient care services last January when it opened a second faculty practice. Located at the NYU Medical Center and known as “Faculty Practice North,” the new facility complements and extends the private-practice services offered at the original NYU Dental Faculty Practice, which opened in Greenwich Village in 1997. The renovations were funded in part by a large grant from Nobel Biocare, USA, Inc.

The new faculty practice is staffed by faculty with special expertise in oral medicine who comprise an Oral Medicine Group. As a private practice integrated within the NYU Medical Center, the Oral Medicine Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive oral health services for patients with complex medical illness, orofacial pain disorders, salivary gland disorders, and oral mucosal disease. Particular attention is being paid to developing strong relationships with faculty in the departments of medicine, surgery, neurology and dermatology, since their patients are at increased risk for oral disease. Faculty Practice North also provides a consultation and referral resource for NYU dental faculty and other dentists whose private patients might benefit from a collaborative treatment approach. Other services include pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, implant dentistry, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and general dentistry.

According to Dean Alfano, “Faculty Practice North offers the multiple advantages of tertiary care for medical patients at NYU’s Tisch Hospital, a referral resource for dentists with challenging cases, and the proximity and professional interaction among NYU medical and dental faculty that is critical in fostering collaborative patient care and research activities.”