Dr. Brian L. Schmidt, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in symptom management and care of oral cancer patients, has been named Director of the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Schmidt, who holds an MD degree and a PhD in oral biology, as well as a DDS degree, will bring a medically related focus to the Bluestone Center, which is dedicated to the development, implementation, performance, and analysis of clinical research in an environment that combines academic excellence with industry's efficiency and speed.
Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Schmidt was at the University of California, San Francisco, as Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology Fellowship and of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program, and, more recently, as Vice Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Schmidt's research has been consistently funded by the NIH. Most recently, he was given a gift of more than $3.5 million by an anonymous donor to advance his research in his new position at the NYU College of Dentistry. (See related story)
Dr. Victoria H. Raveis, formerly an Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and Director of the Aging and Public Health Program at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, has been appointed a Research Professor in Cariology & Comprehensive Care and Director of NYUCD's newly established Psychosocial Research Unit on Health, Aging, and the Community. Dr. Raveis earned an MA in Sociology from Boston College, a Master of Philosophy degree in Sociology, and a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University. A medical sociologist and social gerontologist, Dr. Raveis is an authority on family-focused disease management for vulnerable and medically underserved communities.
Dr. John C. Dolan has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Orthodontics. Dr. Dolan earned a DDS degree, an MS in Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, and a certificate in orthodontics from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MA in Physical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dolan''s research interests are in orofacial pain and orofacial reconstruction. In 2007, he won the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation Collegiate Inventors Competition Graduate Award for a device that quantifies the effectiveness of analgesics in animal models of head and neck cancer.
Dr. Rodrigo Viecilli has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Orthodontics. Dr. Viecilli, whose educational background initially was in aeronautical engineering, earned both his dental degree and a certificate in orthodontics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil; a PhD in orthodontic biomechanics from Indiana University School of Dentistry-Purdue University; and a certificate in orthodontics from Indiana University School of Dentistry. In 2009, Dr. Viecilli received the American Association of Orthodontists Milo Hellman Research Award for his work on orthodontic biomechanics.
Dr. Mary E. Northridge, formerly a Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Dental Medicine) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion. Dr. Northridge earned an MPH in environmental health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers University; and a PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University. She is currently serving her fourth three-year term as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Public Health.
Ms. Kim Misevis, formerly Program Manager for Government Relations and Global Health at the Associated Medical Schools of New York, has been appointed Assistant Director of International Recruitment and Admissions in the Office of International Programs. Ms. Misevis earned an MS in Global Affairs from NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. In addition to managing admissions and recruitment, Ms. Misevis's responsibilities include developing new advanced study programs for internationally trained dentists.
Dr. Frederick Naftolin, formerly a medical consultant to the PEARL Network, has been appointed the PEARL Network's first Medical Director. As PEARL's Medical Director, Dr. Naftolin will be responsible for laying the groundwork for extensive new collaborations with medical practice-based research networks.
Ms. Jennifer Buwala, formerly a financial analyst at the Cleveland Clinic, has been appointed Senior Financial Analyst in the Office of Clinical Affairs. Ms. Buwala's responsibilities include analyzing revenues and expenses and providing recommendations on enhancing fiscal performance.