Dr. George J. Cisneros, chairman of the Department of Orthodontics since 2002, left that position, effective September 1, 2011. Dr. Cisneros continues to be a part of the College of Dentistry community as a professor of orthodontics.
Dr. Cristina Teixeira, associate professor of orthodontics and of basic science and craniofacial biology, is serving as interim chair of the Department of Orthodontics, while NYUCD conducts a search for Dr. Cisneros's successor.
As chairman of orthodontics, George led the department to intensify its research focus while simultaneously introducing advanced clinical techniques. Dr. Cisneros's own research activities include employing nuclear medical techniques for evaluating facial growth and development; the use of speech bulb reduction appliances in children with velopharyngeal insufficiency; diagnosis and treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea; the impact of orthodontics appliance design on the efficiency of tooth movement; and the relationship between malocclusion and speech problems.
In the area of clinical care, one of Dr. Cisneros's proudest achievements has been the continuing impact of the partnership between the New York City Bureau of Dental Health Services and the Department of Orthodontics to address health disparities by expanding access to orthodontic care for medically indigent youngsters. One of New York's great public-health success stories, the program has minimized bureaucracy, expanded access to care, and improved young lives as a result.
NYUCD thanks George for his dedicated service to the College of Dentistry and congratulates Cristina Teixeira on her new position.