New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Dr. Brian Schmidt Named Director, Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, NYU College of Dentistry

March 19, 2010

Dr. Brian L. Schmidt, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in oral cancer, pain, and genomics, has been named Director of the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research at the NYU College of Dentistry. Dr. Schmidt’s appointment, effective July 1, 2010, was announced by Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of the NYU College of Dentistry. Dean Bertolami also announced Dr. Schmidt’s appointment as a tenured Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Schmidt’s selection as Director of the Bluestone Center comes after an intensive search following the passing of the center’s founding director, Dr. Jonathan Ship, in 2008. The Bluestone Center for Clinical Research is dedicated entirely to the development, implementation, performance, and analysis of clinical research in an environment that combines academic excellence with industry’s efficiency and speed. Dr. Schmidt, who holds an MD degree and a PhD in oral biology, as well as a DDS degree, will bring a medically-related focus to the Bluestone Center.

Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Schmidt was at the University of California, San Francisco, as Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology Fellowship and of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program, and, more recently, as Vice Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

 

At UC San Francisco, Dr. Schmidt was responsible for the evaluation and comprehensive surgical management of thousands of patients with head and neck pathology with particular emphasis on oral cancer. His research and clinical programs are closely integrated and his research addresses the challenges he faces in the clinical management of these patients. His primary areas of interest are the identification of diagnostic and predictive oral cancer biomarkers and the etiology of oral cancer pain. He is also engaged with clinical oral cancer research projects.

“This is an exciting appointment,” said Dean Bertolami.  “Over the past decade, the NYU College of Dentistry has built a reputation for leadership in the areas of oral cancer screening, awareness, early intervention, and basic science research. Now, with the appointment of Dr. Schmidt, we have a strong leader who can advance this oral cancer portfolio to the next level through his ability to deal with symptom management and care of cancer patients.”

Because of his background, Dr. Schmidt is also uniquely equipped to develop synergies both within the NYU College of Dentistry oral cancer faculty and beyond. Indeed, Dr. Schmidt’s expertise in the area of symptom management perfectly complements the core mission of the NYU College of Nursing, which is part of the College of Dentistry. The NYU College of Nursing is currently seeking to recruit someone with special expertise in symptom management.

Dr. Schmidt’s research has been consistently funded by the NIH, including the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the National Cancer Institute. Most recently, he was awarded a grant of more than $3.5 million by an anonymous donor to advance his research in his new position at the NYU College of Dentistry.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Research, College of Dentistry

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

Dr. Brian Schmidt Named Director, Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, NYU College of Dentistry

Search News



NYU In the News

CUSP Unveils its “Urban Observatory”

Crain’s New York Business profiled CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” that is continuously photographing lower Manhattan to gather scientific data.

Post-Sandy Upgrades at the Langone Medical Center

NY1 reported on the major post-Sandy upgrades and renovations made at the Medical Center to protect the hospital from future catastrophic storms.

Steinhardt Research Helps Solve Tough Speech Problems.

The Wall Street Journal reported on research at Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including an interview with Assistant Professor Tara McAllister Byun, that uses ultrasound to help solve tough speech problems.

Times Column Lauds Professor Stevenson’s New Memoir

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about “Just Mercy,” a new memoir by Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, whom he noted has been called America’s Nelson Mandela.

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

NYU Footer