Dr. David A. Sirois, associate dean for graduate programs since 2005, has announced that he will be stepping down from that post on June 30, 2012, the end of the academic year, in order to devote more time to his teaching and research responsibilities. Dr. Sirois, an associate professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine, is an expert in the neurophysiology and psychophysical aspects of chronic facial pain and in intervention strategies to relieve that pain. His specific focus is on the underlying causes of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, a condition characterized by jaw and face pain that often radiates to the neck and shoulders and affects up to 10 percent of adults.
As associate dean for graduate programs, Dr. Sirois has partnered with faculty in NYUCD's graduate degree programs and in the postdoctoral specialty programs to enhance NYUCD's reputation for excellence in specialty training, patient care, and scientific discovery. Dr. Sirois has played a key role in fostering a rich collaborative educational and research experience for NYUCD's diverse group of trainees.
A highlight of Dr. Sirois's tenure was the flawless accreditation site visit of the postdoctoral programs conducted by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA) in 2010. CODA gave the programs no recommendations—the highest possible score.
In addition to his research into the causes and treatment of TMD, Dr. Sirois's basic and clinical investigations focus on oral mucosal, salivary gland disorders, and microbiology. This work includes the development of an improved animal model to study radiation-induced salivary gland injury and radioprotection, pharmaceutical/clinical drug trials, immune-mediated salivary gland disease, and oral-clinical pathological correlates of disease in HIV infection and AIDS.