For the first time in the Greater New York Dental Meeting’s
79-year history, participants attending the 2003 meeting had access
to a live, interactive dental videoconference, courtesy of an NYUCD
program featuring an implant procedure performed and broadcast live
from the Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry to the Javits
Center, site of the GNYDM, one of the largest annual dental congresses
in the world.
The three-hour, continuing education program, entitled “Critical
Factors in Implant Esthetics and Ridge Preservation,” showed Dr.
Nicholas Elian, Clinical Assistant Professor of Implant Dentistry and
Director of the Implant Dentistry Program, using the Rosenthal Institute
facilities to perform an implant overdenture procedure on a patient, while
Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow, Professor and Chairman of the Ashman Department
of Implant Dentistry, simultaneously narrated the program from the Javits
The program was offered free of charge to NYUCD alumni donors. Immediately
following the live videoconference, alumni donors were invited to be Dean
Alfano’s guests at a special luncheon featuring remarks by former
First Lady Barbara Bush.
“Since I assumed the deanship in 1998,” said Dean Alfano,
“alumni contributions to the College have more than doubled.
Inviting alumni donors to the videoconference and luncheon as my
guests enabled me to say ‘thank you’ for their steadfast
support which has propelled NYUCD’s great progress over the
past several years.
“Special thanks are due to GNYDM Executive Director Dr. Howard
Lieb for helping to make the videoconference possible, and to both the
Colgate-Palmolive Company and Henry Schein, Inc., for enabling NYUCD to
cosponsor the Barbara Bush Celebrity Luncheon.”