Seeking to create a "mega-department" of "versatile-specialists," the NYU College of Dentistry has merged the Department of Periodontics and the Dr. Arthur Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry to create a new, integrated Dr. Arthur Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. "The time has come to forge new educational approaches not only to predoctoral education, but also to specialty training," said Dean Alfano. "The Dr. Arthur Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry is a development that launches a new model for specialty training.
"Iím pleased that this new department bears the name of Dr. Arthur Ashman," said Dean Alfano. "Once again Arthur has demonstrated his commitment to innovations in dental education and to NYUCD by making a major gift to the College. He and his wife Bonnie have our deep appreciation for their generosity and friendship."
Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow, previously the chairman of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry, has been named Chairman of the new Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. Dr. Tarnow, who trained in both prosthodontics and periodontics and is Board-certified in periodontics, explained that the objective is to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
"The strength of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry has always been its distinctive, interdisciplinary faculty mix, consisting of prosthodontists, periodontists, and oral and maxillo-facial 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. The result is expected to be a much richer learning and treatment planning experience for students and faculty in periodontics, who will be exposed, simultaneously, to periodontists, prosthodontists, and implant dentists in the clinic setting."