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College of Dentistry David B. Kriser Dental Center


Located on First Avenue from East 24th Street to East 25th Street in the midst of one of the nation’s most renowned health sciences complexes, the College, comprising the Schwartz Hall of Dental Sciences and the K. B. Weissman Clinical Science Building, houses all of the patient clinics, research and teaching facilities, educational programs, and administrative offices.

In 1957, the College moved into the ten-story building at 421 First Avenue, originally constructed in 1900.  The K.B. Weissman Clinical Science Building was named in 1965, and thirteen years later, the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Hall of Dental Sciences, an eleven-story building at 345 East 24th Street, was built and dedicated on September 22, 1978.  These two adjoining structures house most of the educational, clinical, laboratory, research and administrative components of the College of Dentistry and comprise The David B. Kriser Dental Center, named in 1987 through a gift of an NYU trustee.  The total square footage is 308,217 square feet. The College is in the midst of modernizing the physical plant to best serve its students, patients and researchers with state-of-the-art facilities involving major renovation and construction on each floor in both Weissman and Schwartz Buildings, as described in a Master Building Plan.
In the fall of 2001 two state-of-the art preclinical simulation labs opened. The two laboratories, a 256-seat bench lab and a 126-seat simulation lab and associated areas, cover over 13,000 square feet of space and provide cutting-edge technology to teach preclinical sciences.

The College has expended $80M for the capital projects above and other enhancements since 2000, which has helped to recruit and attract star faculty and students, provide improved services to clinic patients, and foster a better work environment for the 3,000 NYUCD faculty, administrators, staff, and students.  These improvements have been funded primarily by private donors, public funding, and operating surpluses.   Improvements in the clinics have allowed for a review and increase of Medicaid reimbursement rates which increases clinic revenue to the College. 

The Bluestone Center for Clinical Research (BCCR), completed in 2001, is the largest dental- school-based facility in the US built specifically to investigate promising new medical and dental treatments before they are on the market. This 8500 square foot facility is dedicated the development, implementation, performance and analysis of clinical research.  Here the focus is on postgraduate research training in oral medicine and oral surgery, bone growth enhancement, and oral pharmacotherapy.  It is a vital pillar which will support NYUCD’s future as a research-intensive institution and support recruitment of outstanding faculty.

As the institution that pioneered the use of aesthetic dentistry materials, the College has also established the Larry Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry, named in recognition of a leadership gift from Dr. Larry Rosenthal, Class of 1972. The Rosenthal Institute is the nation’s first comprehensive program in an academic dental center to train dentists in the burgeoning field of aesthetic dentistry. With the look and feel of the best private dental practices in Manhattan, the Rosenthal Institute is a unique facility wholly dedicated to fostering continuing education, research, and patient care in current and emerging techniques in aesthetic dentistry.

The planned growth in research activity, the need for additional classroom space, and the move of the NYU College of Nursing (NYUCN) to the 1st Avenue corridor will require securing additional space located near NYUCD. The NYUCD Capital Plan commits an additional $40 million to renovations for the period 2007-2011. 

The NYUCD administration has negotiated with the Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital where currently rents space for the new, state-of-the-art dental library. The new facility maintains some elements of a traditional library but has enough flexibility for a changing future. The location is directly across the street from the dental school. The new space has increased the square footage of the old library by 2,000 feet, and the Library has wi-fi connectivity, increased public computer workstations to 22, and increased seating by more than 100. Every seat is wired, allowing full Internet access to all electronic resources both within the University and to the world at large. There is a small computer classroom for hands-on instruction and private study rooms for small group study. The new space is accessible, by NYU ID card swipe to dental students, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.

The VitalBook™
NYU has effectively incorporated information technology into its curriculum in many ways. One way has been to adopt the VitalBook™ to replace traditional books, effective fall 2001. All required textbooks located in the library are also available to undergraduate D.D.S. students through a virtual reference - library enhanced curriculum. The VitalBook™ gives each student a license for all of the textbooks in the curriculum—over 88 of them. The VitalBook™ provides software that allows the student to search the contents of the books to find specific information. This is a powerful tool that prepares students most effectively for their careers in the dental profession. NYU provides a full-service computer store and a deferred purchase program for students. For more information on the VitalBook™ and computer requirements, log onto the NYU College of Dentistry Web site:

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