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Department Mergers

Drs. Arthur and Bonnie Ashman
Mergers Create Two New Departments: Cariology and Comprehensive Care and Periodontology and Implant Dentistry


Effective November 1, NYU College of Dentistry merged the Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry and the Department of General Dentistry and Management Science to form the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. The Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry and the Department of Periodontics were also merged to form the Dr. Arthur Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.
“The time has come to forge new educational approaches to both predoctoral education and specialty training,” said Dr. Michael C. Alfano, Dean of the NYU College of Dentistry. “The mergers of these departments are developments that launch new models for collaborative teaching and learning.”
The Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care is headed by Dr. Mark S. Wolff, a veteran educator and clinician who has been appointed Professor and Chairman. “We believe that integrating the faculties of cariology and operative dentistry and of general dentistry and management science will enable predoctoral students to make a smoother transition from the classroom to the clinic, and ultimately, to their professional careers,” said Dr. Wolff.
The Dr. Arthur Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, named in recognition of a major gift from Drs. Arthur and Bonnie Ashman, seeks to create a “mega-department” of versatile specialists, according to Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow, previously the Chairman of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry, who has been named chairman of the new department. Dr. Tarnow, who trained in both prosthodontics and periodontics and is Board-certified in periodontics, noted that the “strength of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry has always been its distinctive, interdisciplinary faculty mix, consisting of prosthodontists, periodontists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons all working together collaboratively, whereas the periodontology department consisted exclusively of periodontists. Now, this philosophy of interaction and collaboration will also drive the practice of periodontology.”

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