Nexus - Winter 2002 Issue      

DR. PAGE CAUFIELD
Named Head of the Division of Diagnostics, Infectious Disease, and Health Promotion.

Dr. Page Caufield, an internationally-prominent cariologist/infectious disease authority, has been named Head of the Division of Diagnostics, Infectious Disease, and Health Promotion.

Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Caufield had served as director of both the Specialized Caries Research Center and the Postdoctoral Training Program in Caries Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Caufield holds both a D.D.S. degree and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology.

Among Dr. Caufield’s contributions to caries and infectious disease research is a major study demonstrating that mutans streptococci are transmitted from mother to infant during a discrete interval around 26 months of age, which has been designated the“window of infectivity.” Dr. Caufield has published over 175 scientific articles, books, book chapters, and abstracts in his field.



DR. GEORGE J. CISNEROS
Named Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics.

Dr. George J. Cisneros, who developed and established Postgraduate Training Programs in Orthodontics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, and Saint Barnabas Hospital, all in New York, has been named chairman of the Department of Orthodontics.

Dr. Cisneros holds a D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and a Master of Science degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is Board-certified in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.

Dr. Cisneros’s 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.



DR. ANADNA P. DASANAKAYE
Appointed Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Promotion and Director of the M.S. Program in Clinical Research.

Dr. Ananda P. Dasanayake, an oral biologist and epidemiologist, has joined the NYU faculty as an associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion and director of the M.S. Program in Clinical Research.

Dr. Dasanayake comes to NYU from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds a dental degree from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, and a Ph.D. in oral biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Noted for his research and publications in the areas of racial disparities in oral health and specialized caries research, Dr. Dasanayake is currently the principal investigator on a CDC Special Interest Project entitled Evaluation of a Community Dental Sealant Program.



DR. YIHONG LI
Appointed Associate Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology and Director, International Research.

Dr. Yihong Li, a molecular epidemiologist, has joined the NYU faculty as an associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology and the Director of International Research. Dr. Li was previously an associate professor of oral biology and the program director of the Graduate Program in Oral Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Li holds a D.D.S. degree from the Peking University School of Stomatology in Beijing, and both a master’s degree and a doctorate in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Li’s research interests include the etiology of early child-hood caries from the perspective of molecular epidemiology.



DR. ANDREA SCHREIBER
Appointed a Full-Time Clinical Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Andrea Schreiber, a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the NYU/Bellevue Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has joined the faculty as a full-time clinical associate professor of oral and
maxillofacial surgery.

A prolific author and researcher, Dr. Schreiber is also active in international outreach activities, where her clinical focus is on cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.



DR. ANGELA R. KAMER
Appointed Assistant Professor of Periodontics.

Dr. Angela R. Kamer, who holds both a certificate in periodontics and a Ph.D. in pathology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of periodontics.

Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Kamer was a research assistant professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery at SUNY Buffalo. Her research focuses on bone metabolism and physiology and the biology of cancer.



DR. KENNETH E. FLEISHER
Appointed Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Kenneth E. Fleisher, who earned his dental degree at the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, has been appointed an assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Fleisher is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons



DR. CRISTINA M. C. TEIXEIRA
Appointed Assistant Professor of Orthodontics and of Basic Sciences and Craniofacial Biology.

Dr. Cristina M. C. Teixeira, who holds both a certificate in orthodontics and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor with a dual appointment in orthodontics and in basic sciences and craniofacial biology.

Dr. Teixeira’s research focuses on understanding the cell and molecular biology of chondrocyte differentiation maturation and apoptosis, especially as these developmental events are related to orthodontics.