Alumni in the Spotlight

Dr. Burton Wasserman

Dr. Richard D. Riva

Dr. Daniel Kang with an outreach participant.


Dr. Burton Wasserman, Class of 1957 and clinical associate professor of cariology and comprehensive care, on receiving the Jarvie-Burkhart Award, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Dental Association.

Dr. Sheldon Winkler, Class of 1956, on authoring an article entitled "This Is the Army," for WWII History magazine.


Dr. Herbert I. Bader, Class of 1961, on authoring an article entitled "Salivary Diagnostics in Medicine and Dentistry: A Review," for Dentistry Today.

Dr. Gerald S. Gildenberg, Class of 1968, on receiving the Academy of General Dentistry’s Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition award.

Dr. Jeffrey Golub-Evans, Class of 1966, on having his art show, "Im 'Print," reviewed in The New York Times.


Dr. Robert Gold, Class of 1970, on being featured in an article entitled "Artist Perseveres Following Brain Injury" in the Addison County, Vermont, Independent. The article describes Dr. Gold’s pursuit of an artistic career after a 1996 car accident left him seriously injured and unable to practice dentistry.

Dr. Richard D. Riva, Class of 1975, on being appointed to a four-year term on the New Jersey Board of Dentistry by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Dr. Peter G. Sturm, Class of 1972, on receiving an Academy of General Dentistry Distinguished Service Award.


Dr. Bruce Blau, Class of 1984, on being interviewed on NBC-TV for a story on rampant dental caries in children.

Dr. Gary Scharoff, Class of 1984, on his election as international secretary of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity.

Dr. Stephen Vuolo, Class of 1985, on being honored by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America for his work with developmentally disabled and special needs children and adults.


Dr. Lee R. Cohen, Class of 1998, on serving as past president of the Florida Association of Periodontists, as a trustee of the American Academy of Periodontology and the Florida Dental Association, and as a member of the 17th District (Florida) delegation to the ADA House of Delegates.

Dr. Kyung Ha, Class of 1990, on receiving an Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship award.

Dr. Vasiliki Karlis, Class of 1992, associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and director of the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on receiving a university-wide 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is given to a "respected and distinguished graduate who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and/or service in his/her profession, vocation, or social or cultural endeavors." Dr. Karlis has done extensive international outreach to treat cleft palate in children in medically underserved areas of the world.

Dr. Rory E. Mortman, Class of 1993, on being inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, and on authoring articles entitled "Technologic Advances in Endodontics" for Dental Clinics of North America, and "One Step Revascularization Treatment of an Immature Permanent Tooth with Chronic Apical Abscess" for the International Endodontic Journal.

Dr. Gabriel Rincon, Class of 1992, on receiving a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader award and on being profiled by the ADA News and New York Daily News.


Dr. Khadine Alston, Class of 2005, an assistant professor of cariology and restorative dentistry, at Nova Southeastern University School of Dentistry, has organized the first-ever walkathon in South Florida. While a student at NYUCD, Khadine conceived the idea for an NYC Oral Cancer Walk. For the full story on her Florida activities, go to

Dr. Michael Apa, Class of 2003, on being featured in an article about aesthetic dentistry in Esquire Magazine.

Dr. Aleksandr Baron, Class of 2007, and Dr. Dmitry Baron, Class of 2007, on being featured in "Identical Twins in Combat Dentistry," an ADA News article about their service in the US Army.

Dr. Ruben Cohen, Class of 2002, on receiving the New Dentist Award of the New York State Dental Association. The award recognizes a dentist within 10 years of graduation who is actively involved in organized dentistry and in the community.

Dr. Daniel Kang, Class of 2005, on organizing a two-week dental outreach trip to rural Guatemala for DOCARE, a nonprofit group.

Dr. David Sukoff, Class of 2006, on being named Professional of the Year by the Merrick, New York, Chamber of Commerce.