Dr. Peter M. Di Fiore
Appointed Associate Professor of Endodontics
Dr. Peter M.
Di Fiore, a 1966 graduate of NYUCD who also holds an M.S. degree
in oral biology from George Washington University and a certificate
in endodontics from the United States Army Institute of Dental Research
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, has been named an associate professor
of endodontics. Dr. Di Fiore, a Diplomate of the American Board
of Endodontics, was previously associate professor of endodontics
at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Dental
School (UMDNJ). His research activities focus on identifying the
bacteria involved in endodontic infections.
Appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics
F. Nicolay, who holds dental degrees from both Columbia University
and the Universite Rene Descartes in France, has been appointed
a clinical associate professor of orthodontics. Dr. Nicolay was
formerly an associate professor of clinical dentistry at the Columbia
University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, and an associate attending
dental surgeon at the New YorkPresbyterian Hospital. His major
research interests focus on craniofacial biology, the biology of
tooth movement, and the involvement of neurotransmitters in tissue
Appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Oral Medicine
Dr. Miriam R.
Robbins, who holds a dental degree from the School of Dental Medicine
at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.S. degree
in management and health policy from NYUs Robert Wagner School
of Public Policy, has joined the faculty as a clinical associate
professor of oral medicine. Dr. Robbins previously was clinical
associate professor in the Department of Diagnosis and Oral Pathology
at the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
Dental School. Her research focuses on the treatment of medically
complex patients, especially those with head and neck cancer.
Appointed Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Programs
Ms. Rita A.
Startup, formerly senior director for Alumni Programs and Special
Events, has been named assistant dean for Development and Alumni
Programs. A member of the NYUCD community since 1976, Rita brings
to her new position an outstanding combination of creativity, energy,
and skill. Rita has galvanized NYUCDs approach to development,
said Dean Alfano. She is a person who virtually defines the
concept of six degrees of separation. Not only does
she seem to know everyone; she is zealous about getting influential
people to help support NYUCD. I am extremely confident that her
leadership will add major momentum to our advancement efforts.