Nexus - Winter 2002 Issue      

DR. ANDREW I. SPIELMAN, formerly head of the Division of Biological Science, Medicine, and Surgery and chairman of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, has been named associate dean for academic affairs. He succeeds Dr. Frederick G. More, who served for 10 years in that position and will remain at NYU as a professor of epidemiology and health promotion.

A past president of the American Association of Oral Biologists, Dr. Spielman has received substantial funding for taste-related research from the NIH, foundations, and private industry, and has lectured extensively both in the United States and abroad.



DR. FRANCIS V. PANNO, a highly-respected prosthodontist and dental educator, has been named associate dean for clinical affairs. He succeeds Dr. Stuart M. Hirsch, who has been designated associate dean for development and international affairs. Dr. Panno was previously head of the Division of Reconstructive and Comprehensive Care and chairman of the Blatterfein Department of Prosthodontics at NYU.

In his new role, Dr. Panno is responsible for overseeing the College’s clinical care program, the largest program of its type in the world.



DR. DAVID A. SIROIS, chairman of the Department of Oral Medicine, has been named head of the Division of Reconstructive and Comprehensive Care.

A primary focus for Dr. Sirois is pain and pain control. His studies involve investigation of the capacity for the central nervous system to undergo functional and anatomical changes in response to changes in sensory experience, such as may follow nerve injury, sensory deprivation, or sensory enrichment. He has recently expanded his research interests to focus on the best methods for diagnosing oral cancer.



DR. WARRAN I. SCHERER
, a professor of general dentistry and management science and of prosthodontics, has been named acting chairman of the Department of General Dentistry and Management Science.

The newly-established department of general dentistry and management science focuses on promoting integrity and professionalism throughout the four years of study; helping students to achieve the goals for competency that have been adopted for each area of the curriculum; working closely with students to enable them to pass the licensing requirements of any state in the nation; and partnering with students to promote critical-thinking abilities.



DR. KENNETH L. ALLEN
, formerly a clinical faculty member in cariology and operative dentistry, has been appointed an assistant professor of general dentistry and director of the foundation skills program.

As director of the foundation skills program, Dr. Allen has primary responsibility for overseeing the new multimedia clinical simulation and laboratory center. The program, a key component of the new curriculum, integrates all the former preclinical and laboratory and didactic courses into one continuum with participation by faculty from all disciplines.



DR. LOUIS TERRACIO
, associate dean for research, has been named acting head of the Division of Biological Science, Medicine and Surgery and acting chairman of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology. He will also continue as associate dean for research.

A leading authority on muscle tissue engineering, Dr. Terracio has received major funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Army. His investigations focus on chemical and physical factors affecting heart development.



DR. JOHN G. POULOS
, a clinical associate professor of prosthodontics, has been named acting chairman of the Blatterfein Department of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Poulos’s goals include refining the teaching of prosthodontics by interweaving it with aesthetics, biomaterials, biomimetics, and implant dentistry—areas which are rapidly becoming mainstream and being embraced by progressive dentists. Additional goals include maintaining a policy of open communication among students and faculty as the basis for an environment focused on ethics, integrity, and professionalism.