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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
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
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.
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