Dr. Michael C. Alfano, former Dean of NYUCD and currently Executive Vice President of NYU, received the inaugural William J. Gies Award for Vision by a Dental Educator at a special awards ceremony held on Saturday, March 29, 2008, in conjunction with the ADEA annual session at the Hotel Anatole in Dallas, Texas.
The Gies Award for Vision is one of three new awards sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Gies Foundation in recognition of exceptional contributions to and support of oral health and oral health education around the world. The other two new Gies Awards were presented for innovation and achievement.
The award nomination was made by Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who wrote: Perhaps the best overview of Dr. Alfano’s vision for the College and the profession is encapsulated in a document created early in his tenure entitled Transformations. Transformations presents Mike’s vision for rebuilding the college’s infrastructure; recruiting world-class faculty; and transforming the practice of dentistry -- a vision subsequently expressed in the groundbreaking formal alliance of NYUCD and the NYU Nursing Program, which created a new paradigm for health professions education and healthcare delivery by establishing a College of Nursing within the NYU College of Dentistry.