Global Health Nexus, Winter 2003

Recruiting the Best

Dr. Leila Jahangiri, Dr. Louis M. Lin and Mr. Jack H. Wiggin

Dr. Leila Jahangiri, an authority on bioengineered prosthetics and the development of periodontal ligament on dental implants, has been named Chairperson of the Louis Blatterfein Department of Prosthodontics. Dr. Jahangiri’s previous positions included Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics and Biomaterials at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Dental School (UMDNJ), Codirector of Prosthodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics at NYU Dentistry.

Dr. Jahangiri earned both her D.M.D. degree and an M.S. degree in Oral Biology from Harvard University. She also holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry in London. The recipient of the Arthur R. Frechette Award in Prosthodontics from the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), Dr. Jahangiri is currently investigating the development of periodontal ligament on endosseous dental implants by orthodontic tooth movements and innovations such as prosthetics made from human tooth cells.

Dr. Louis M. Lin has joined NYU Dentistry as a Professor of Endodontics and Director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics. He was previously a Professor of Endodontics and Chairman of the Section on Endodontics at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry.

Dr. Lin holds a B.D.S. degree from the Chung Shan Medical College School of Dentistry in Taiwan, a D.M.D. degree from UMDNJ, and a Ph.D. degree in pathology from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Dr. Lin, who has published widely on endodontic successes and failures, is currently investigating microorganisms associated with endodontic treatment failure and the formation and treatment of periapical lesions.

NYU Dentistry's new Senior Director of Clinical Operations, Jack H. Wiggin, is a Certified Public Accountant with over 17 years experience managing large dental practices. In his newly created position, he is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of NYU Dentistry’s clinics, which handle over 250,000 patient visits a year—more than any other dental school. His priorities include developing procedures for delivering consistent, efficient patient care and overseeing budgeting, staff development, patient recruitment, retention and registration, and medical record-keeping.

Mr. Wiggin was previously the COO of Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Dental Associates, Ltd., America’s largest single-owner dental practice, with over 800 employees. During his tenure, annual revenues more than doubled.