Spring 2006 Table of Contents
Philanthropy in Dental Education
Why We Give: Tarnow Wing for Periodontology and Implant Dentistry to Open at NYUCD

Dennis and Karen Tarnow

A major gift from Dr. and Mrs. Dennis P. Tarnow will create the Tarnow Wing for Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at NYUCD. The Tarnow Wing, scheduled to open in early 2007, will be housed in the Graduate Center for Clinical Excellence (GCCE), which will consist of five full floors designed to enhance interaction and synergy among the various specialties. In addition to periodontology and implant dentistry, the GCCE will include prosthodontics, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and pediatric dentistry.

“The Tarnow Wing for Periodontology and Implant Dentistry recognizes Dennis Tarnow’s nearly 30 years of professional excellence in the areas both of periodontology and implant dentistry,” said Dean Alfano. “Dr. Tarnow trained in both prosthodontics and periodontics, is Board-certified in periodontics, and is also internationally renowned in the field of implant dentistry. He has taught, influenced, and inspired legions of implant dentists both in the United States and abroad. The Tarnow Wing will allow extraordinarily innovative approaches to the teaching of peridontology and implant dentistry, which will help to set the direction for the practice of dentistry in the future.”

Dr. Tarnow said that he and his wife, Karen, were motivated to make their gift in response to the merging late last year of the Department of Periodontics and the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry to create a new, integrated Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, which he chairs.

“Karen and I were excited that the philosophy of interaction and collaboration among faculty from various disciplines that has always driven the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry would now also drive the practice of peridontology. The result would be a much richer learning and treatment planning experience for periodontal residents, as well as a better experience for patients.

We knew that once the departments were merged, the next priority was to move the new department into the Graduate Center for Clinical Excellence, and that meant securing financing to build out an entire floor of the GCCE. Dean Alfano’s vision of a multidisciplinary approach to specialty training and patient care convinced us that the time was right to make a gift that would allow this to happen.”

Dr. Tarnow said he was also motivated by the example of his friend and classmate, Dr. Larry Rosenthal, ’72. “Early in Mike Alfano’s tenure, I helped to convince Larry to make a gift that would kick-start Mike’s vision of transforming the College. Larry immediately stepped up to the plate by making a major gift that enabled Mike to build the Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry. The Rosenthal Institute is the model for the kind of learning and patient-care experience that we want to create in the Tarnow Wing, because it combines the teaching resources of a clinic with the comfort and amenities of a private practice. Larry knew how much I admired his gift and the positive impact it has had on students, faculty and patients, while also involving him in academia. He decided to return the favor by persuading Karen and me to make our own gift, and we are grateful that he did.”