Winter 2004 Table of Contents
     
Celebrating Our Community
 



Ms. Elyse Bloom

 




Students at the Annual White Coat Ceremony

 




Ms. Dionne Finlay








Mr. Ami Finkelthal









Dr. Vasiliki Karlis

 






Dr. Walter J. Psoter









Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg










Dr. Michael Turner

Congratulations to:

Dr. Michael C. Alfano, Dean of NYUCD, on his election to the Board of Trustees of The New York State Dental Foundation and to the Administrative Board of the ADEA Council of Deans, and on being awarded honorary membership in the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Dean Alfano also authored “Terrorism Preparedness for The New York State Dental Journal; spoke on “Career Options” at the University of Nebraska Dental School and on “Industry Relationships” at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Dean’s meeting; and was interviewed by the Dallas/Fort Worth publication, Doctor of Dentistry, on the importance of oral cancer screening and treatment. He also has been appointed Chairman of the NYU Health Benefits Study Group, and he will be a featured speaker in March 2004 at the launch of a new organization of Rutgers University graduates who went on to become dentists.

Dr. Kenneth L. Allen, ’73, Assistant Professor of General Dentistry and Management Science, on his review of Stewart’s Clinical Removable Partial Prosthodontics published in The New York State Dental Journal.

Ms. Elyse Bloom, Director of Public Affairs, on her election as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Dentcare Delivery Systems, Inc.

Dr. John R. Calamia, Professor of Cariology and Operative Dentistry, on his appointment to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Ronald G. Craig, Associate Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology and of Periodontics, on coauthoring an article entitled “Relationship of Destructive Periodontal Disease to the Acute Phase Response,” for the Journal of Periodontology. Dr. Craig’s coauthors included Dr. Man KiSo, ’03; Dr. Julie K. Yip, Assistant Professor of Periodontics; and Dr. Robert J. Boylan, Associate Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.

DDS Class of 2007 and Advanced Placement Class of 2006 on being formally welcomed and cloaked at the Annual White Coat Ceremony heldt at NYUCD on September 4. The ceremony included both a Student Pledge and a Faculty Pledge affirming mutual commitment to professionalism, partnership, integrity, and ethics.

Dr. Seng Douangpanya, ’03, Advanced Education Program in Endodontics, Dr. John W. L. Sung, Instructor in General Dentistry and Management Science; and Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg, ’62, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Professor and Chairman of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, on coauthoring an abstract entitled “Patient Satisfaction Survey: A Valuable Tool in Patient Management,” for the Journal of Endodontics.

Dr. Elise S. Eisenberg, ’84, Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion and Director of Dental Informatics, on authoring an article entitled “Educational Resources on Diabetes Mellitus,” for the a special supplement to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) on “Diabetes and Oral Health: Treating the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus.”

Ms. Dionne Finlay, ’04, on being elected a Student National Dental Association (SNDA) representative to the National Dental Association (NDA) House of Delegates.

Mr. Ami Finkelthal, marketing manager, on organizing “Opportunity and Innovation in Healthcare Communications,” a seminar for the International Association of Business Communicators.

Dr. Edward S. Fisher, ’71, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, on being honored by the Jewish Federation of Rockland with the establishment of the Edward Fisher Youth Israel Scholarship Fund to help young people to travel to Israel.

Dr. Kenneth E. Fleisher, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on receiving the 2003 Faculty Educator Development Award of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Added kudos to Dr. Fleisher on authoring “Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping of Oral and Pharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma — Results of a Prospective Study,” for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. David L. Hirsch, ’00, a Teaching Fellow in the Dr. Anthony S. Mecca Department
of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on authoring “Genomic Profiling of Head and Neck Cancer by cDNA Microarray Analysis,” for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Shankar Iyer, ’94, Clinical Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics, on being appointed Coscientific Chair of the 2004 World Congress for Oral Implantology.

Dr. Vasiliki Karlis, Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on her appointment to the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine at the NIH for a four-year term, beginning August 2003. Added congratulations to Dr. Karlis on coauthoring an article entitled “Management of the Aging Forehead: A Review,” for Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology.

Dr. Eliaz Kaufman, Assistant Professor of Implant Dentistry, on authoring an article entitled “Maxillary Sinus Elevation Surgery: An Overview,” for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Mladen M. Kuftinec, Professor of Orthodontics and Director of the International Program in Orthodontics, on coauthoring the book Excellence and Efficiency: Interactive Twin Self-Ligation; and on serving as International Vice President of the First International Orthodontic Congress of Serbia and Montenegro, where he also presented a workshop on “Interactive Auto-Ligatures System: Fluid Mechanics for Optimal Efficacy of Orthodontic Treatment,” and also cochaired several sessions devoted to “Functional Disorders of the Orofacial Region: Diagnostics and Therapy.”

Dr. Racquel Z. LeGeros, Leonard I. Linkow Professor of Implant Dentistry and Professor of Biomaterials and Biomimetics, on coediting a Dental Clinics of North America special issue on “Minority Oral Health”; on serving as Session Chair at the 2003 International Association of Dental Research meeting, where she presented a paper entitled “F-Substituted Apatites: Properties and Cell Response”; and on presenting a paper entitled “Effect of Firing Temperature on Properties of Biphasic Calcium Phosphates,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Biomaterials. During the past year Dr. LeGeros has also been a Visiting Professor in biomaterials at Wuhan University of Technology in Wuhan, China, at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukiba, Japan, and at the Biomaterials Center in Nantes, France.

Dr. Yihong Li, Associate Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, on coauthoring an article entitled “Identification of Streptococcus Sanguinis with a PCR-Generated Species-Specific DNA Probe,” for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Dr. Li’s coauthors included Dr. Page W. Caufield, Professor of Cariology and Operative Dentistry and Head of the Division of Diagnostics, Infectious Disease, and Health Promotion.

Dr. Yehia Massoud, Clinical Assistant Professor of General Dentistry and Management Science and of Prosthodontics, on authoring an article entitled “A Method for Fabricating a Cast Post and Core that Is Esthetic When Used Under an All-Ceramic Crown,” for The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

Dr. Alan Meltzer, Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics, on authoring an article entitled “Osseotite NT Implants for Optimal Stability and Aesthetics” for Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry.

Dr. Elliott Moskowitz, ’72, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics, on receiving the Dr. Edward “Doc” McNulty Memorial Award in Orthodontics presented by the NYU Department of Orthodontics. Dr. Moskowitz’s co-award recipient was Dr. Mladen M. Kuftinec.

Dr. Bolaji O. Ogundare, ’98, Instructor in the Dr. Anthony S. Mecca Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on coauthoring an article entitled “Pattern of Mandibular Fractures in an Urban Major Trauma Center,” for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Walter J. Psoter, ’79, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, on coauthoring “Enhancing Medical and Public Health Capabilities During Times of Crisis,” for The New York State Dental Journal. Dr. Psoter’s coauthors included Dr. Douglas E. Morse, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, and Dr. Dianne Rekow, Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology and of Orthodontics; Director of Translational Research; and Chairperson of the Bioterrorism and Catastrophe Response Task Force.

Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg, ’62, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Professor and Chairman of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, on presenting a paper entitled “Pain Preventive Strategies” at the biannual meeting of the European Endodontic Association.

Dr. Jonathan Ship, Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology and of Oral Medicine, and Director of the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, on serving as Guest Editor for a special supplement to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) on “Diabetes and Oral Health: Treating the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus”; and on authoring an article for the supplement entitled “Diabetes and Oral Health: An Overview.” Dr. Ship also coauthored an article entitled “Aging and Secretory Reserve Capacity of Major Salivary Glands,” for the Journal of Dental Research.

Dr. David A. Sirois, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral Medicine, on coauthoring an article entitled “Structural and Functional Injury in Minipig Salivary Glands Following Fractionated Exposure to 70 Gy of Ionizing Radiation: An Animal Model for Human Radiation-Induced Salivary Gland Injury,” for Oral Surgery, Medicine & Pathology.

Dr. Van P. Thompson, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics and Acting Chairman of the Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry, on receiving the 2003 Jerome M. and Dorothy H. Schweitzer Research Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics.Dr. Michael Turner, Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on coauthoring an article entitled “Management of the Pregnant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Patient,” for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Michael Turner, Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on coauthoring an article entitled "Management of the pregnant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Patient," for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Anthony T. Vernillo, Professor of Oral Pathology, on authoring an article entitled “Dental Considerations for the Treatment of Patients with Diabetes Mellitus,” for the special supplement of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) on “Diabetes and Oral Health: Treating the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus.”

Dr. Mea A. Weinberg, Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics, and Dr. Robert Eskow, Clinical Professor of Implant Dentistry, on coauthoring “Periodontal Terminology Revisited,” a commentary published in the Journal of Periodontology.

Dr. Howard A. Weiner, ’75, Clinical Associate Professor of Endodontics, on his election as President-Elect of the Nassau County Dental Society. Dr. Weiner is also a recent inductee into the American College of Dentists.