Faculty Information

Andrew I. Spielman, DMD, MS, PhD

Molecular Pathobiology
Director, Rare Book Library and Historical Archives
Room 914S, College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street
E-mail: ais1@nyu.edu

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Certificate (online, credit), History of Medicine, UC Santa Cruz, 2023
Certificate (online, non-credit), History of Medicine, Oxford University 2018
PostDoc Fellow, Neuroscience, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA 1989
PhD, Biochemistry/Oral Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 1988
MS, Biochemistry/Oral Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 1985
Certificate, Oral Surgery, Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel 1982
DMD, Dentistry, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tirgu Mures, Romania 1974

Honors / Credentials

  • National OKU Honor Society - Stephen Leeper Excellence in Teaching Award – 2023
  • Hayden-Harris Award from the American Academy of the History of Dentistry, Oct. 29, 2022
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine (UK) - 2021
  • Honorary Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Educators, NYU - 2019
  • President, American Academy of History of Dentistry - 2018-2023
  • Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine - 2015
  • Fellow of American College of Dentists 2013
  • Fellow of International College of Dentists - 2012
  • ADEA Excellence in Teaching Award - 2010
  • Distinguished Teaching Award NYU - 2009
  • Fellow Pierre Fauchard Academy 2008
  • ADEA Dental Education Award - 2007

Research Interests / Professional Overview

  • History of medicine and dentistry
  • Dental education
  • Mechanisms of taste transduction

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Dental education is at a crossroads. Health care reform, interdisciplinary education, the digital revolution and the role of dentists in overall health, are all shaping how we teach and test in and outside a dental school. I am interested in innovative ways of delivering curriculum, promoting learning rather than testing, and emphasizing integration and clinical application of basic science concepts.

Have an interest in the History of Medicine and Dentistry and the role others had played before us in shaping current knowledge. Director of our Rare Book Library, we started a process of digitization and publishing of cover stories for over 226 volumes of our extraordinary dentally-relevant collection.

Finally, an older interest of mine is the peripheral mechanisms of taste transduction. With my collaborators we collect human fungiform taste papillae, culture them and study a variety of aspects related to human taste.

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

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Relevant Publications on Taste:

Spielman AI and Brand JG. (2018). Wiring taste receptor cells to the central gustatory system. Oral Diseases 24, January, doi: 10.1111/odi.12833.

Spielman, A.I., Ozdener, M.H. and Brand, J.G. (2019) Chemosensory systems. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Chichester. (In Press). DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000038.pub3.

Ozdener, M.H., Donadoni, M., Cicalese, S., Spielman, AI. et al. (2020) Zika virus infection in chemosensory cells. J. NeuroVirol.

Xu W, Sunavala-Dossabhoy G, and Spielman AI. (2022). Chemosensory loss in COVID-19. Invited Review - Oral Diseases 28(S2):2337-2346. https://doi.org/10.1111/odi.14300

Elkaddi N, Malik B, Spielman AI, Ozdener MH. (2022). Reprogramming cultured human fungiform (HBO) taste cells into neural-like cells through in vitro induction. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal - 58(9):817-829. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11626-022-00724-4

Nolden, A.A., Lenart, G., Spielman AI, Hayes, J.E. (2024). Inducible desensitization to capsaicin with repeated exposure in human volunteers. Physiology and Behavior, 275, 1 March 2024, 114447. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2023.114447.

Relevant Publications on Education:

Sunavala, G and Spielman, A.I. (2022) Restructuring of Dental Education in a Post-COVID-19 Era. Oral Diseases. https://DOI:10.1111/odi.13580

Spielman AI (2024). Dental education and practice: past, present, and future trends. In: Special issue on Long-term trends in dental education and practice. Frontiers in Oral Health. (Accepted).

Relevant Publications on History of Dentistry:

Spielman AI. (2018) The 150 Year History of New York University College of Dentistry - Vol 1, p.144.

Spielman, AI (2023). A Brief History of Dental Education in Clinical Education for the Health Professions: Theory and Practice. Nestel D., Reedy, G., McKenna, L, Gough, S. Eds., Springer-Nature Publishers, London. https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-981-13-6106-7

Spielman, AI. (2022). Teaching History of Dentistry in Dental Curricula - A Survey of 393 Dental Schools in 100 Countries. J. Hist. Dent. 70(1): 3-29.

Koshki J. and Spielman AI. (2023)  The changing life of a dental student - A survey of 140 years. (Winner of AAHD Student Research Award 2022). J. Hist. Dent. 71(1):20-30.

Lepor A. Spielman RD, and Spielman AI. (2023). A Model for Teaching History of Medicine and Dentistry to Dental Students - The NYU Experience. J. Hist. Dent. 71(1):31-42.

Ayroso V. and Spielman AI. (2023) - The evolution of dental treatment - a 200-year survey. J. Hist. Dent. 71(2):74-88.

Spielman AI, Koshki J, Lepor A, Shaner A. (2023). John Greenwood’s sidenotes on a 1778 John Hunter text at the New York Academy of Medicine. J Hist Dent. 71(3):159-171. https://doi.org/10.58929/jhd.2023.071.03.158.

Spielman AI (2024). A Timeline of the History of Dentistry. J Hist Dent. (In press).

Santos-Leite EG, Santana dos Santos E, Cruz VMS, Kerr R, Santos-Silva AR, Spielman AI. (2024). Pierre Fauchard’s Contribution to Oral Medicine and Oral Maxillofacial Pathology: A Historical Essay. J. Hist. Dent. (In press).

Spielman, Andrew I. (2023) – An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the History of Dentistry. Online – https://Historyofdentistryandmedicine.com.