Dr. Cosmo V. DeSteno Appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Dr. Cosmo V. DeSteno, formerly Associate Dean for Extramural Affairs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Dental School, has been named Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, effective December 1, 2007. Dr. DeSteno succeeds Dr. Francis V. Panno, who is retiring as a Professor Emeritus of Prosthodontics after five years as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and nearly 30 years at NYUCD in positions that for many years included Professor and Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics. Look for a tribute to Dr. Panno in the spring 2008 issue of Global Health Nexus.
Prior to joining NYUCD, Dr. DeSteno also served UMNDJ-New Jersey Dental School as Vice Dean, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary and Extramural Programs, and Professor of Restorative Dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Dr. DeSteno holds a DMD degree from the New Jersey College of Dentistry and a PhD in physiology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
In his new role at NYUCD, Dr. DeSteno will oversee the College’s clinical care program, the largest program of its type in the world.
I am delighted that Cosmo DeSteno is my first major administrative appointment as Dean, said Dean Bertolami. In addition to bringing valuable, closely related experience in a similar academic, research, and patient-care environment, Cosmo also brings great vision, compassion, and creativity to his new position. One could not ask for a better successor to Frank Panno, who has led the College’s clinical affairs operation through a period of substantial growth over the past five years. We express sincere thanks and all good wishes for future happiness to Frank and warmly welcome Cosmo to our community.
Dr. Lisa R. Biagas Appointed Senior Director for Human Resources Management
Dr. Lisa R. Biagas, an expert in building relationships with various groups, including faculty, has been named Senior Director for Human Resources Management for the Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing. Dr. Biagas succeeds Ms. Tamu al-Islam, who has assumed the position of Senior Director in the Office of the President of New York University.
Dr. Biagas’s primary responsibilities include leading and implementing strategic organizational development initiatives for the Colleges; directing recruitment/appointment for all faculty and staff; determining administrative job requirements; ensuring implementation of affirmative searches; interviewing and recommending candidates for senior-level positions; and overseeing administration of the College of Dentistry compensation budget for faculty, students, staff, and administrators.
Dr. Biagas comes to NYUCD from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she served as Assistant Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to that, she held several positions at Princeton University, including Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Director of Management Development, and Human Resources Manager.
Dr. Biagas holds a doctoral degree in higher education management and an MS in organizational dynamics, both from the University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from Eastern University; and specialty training certificates in leadership, diversity, and project management, among other areas.
Dr. Donna Shelley Appointed Director of Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programs
Dr. Donna Shelley has joined the NYUCD/NYUCN community as Director of Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programs, a newly created position that is responsible for designing and implementing new paradigms for healthcare delivery systems and for obtaining funding to model and evaluate such systems in order to influence healthcare nationally and internationally.
As Director, Dr. Shelley will lead a diverse group of individuals from the NYU College of Dentistry and its allied College of Nursing, as well as healthcare professionals and policy planners from other schools within New York University and elsewhere, to develop healthcare environments that expand patients’ access to healthcare and improve the overall quality of healthcare. Dr. Shelley has also been appointed an Assistant Professor of Cariology & Comprehensive Care.
Dr. Shelley comes to NYUCD from the Mailman School
of Public Health at Columbia University, where she has been an Assistant Professor of Public Health since 2002. Previous positions have included Director of the Tobacco Control Program at the New York City Department of Health, Medical Director of Women’s Health Management Solutions, Instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Internist with the Mount Sinai Women’s Health Program, clinician with the Greenwich House Primary Care Initiative, and Senior Medical Editor for Lifetime Medical Television.
Dr. Shelley holds an MD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an MPH degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Dr. A. Alper Comut, formerly an Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, has been appointed a Clinical Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics. Dr. Comut holds a DDS degree from the Istanbul University School of Dental Medicine; a DMD degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; and a DMedSc degree in oral biology and certificate in prosthodontics, both from the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Philip H. Artenberg, ’87, has been appointed a Full-Time Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Artenberg earned an MS in human anatomy from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts & Science, completed a general practice residency at the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York, and earned a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York.
Dr. Zoya B. Kurago, formerly an Assistant Professor of Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine. Dr. Kurago holds a Doctor of Stomatology degree from the Minsk State Medical Institute of Stomatology in Minsk, Belarus; a DDS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry; a PhD in pathology and immunology from the University of Iowa College of Medicine; and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial pathology from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
Dr. Deepak Saxena has been appointed a Full-Time Assistant Professor of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology. Dr. Saxena earned an MS degree and a PhD in microbiology from MS University in Baroda, India, and a diploma in business management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, India.
Dr. Gene B. Sherwin, ’76, has been appointed a Full-Time Clinical Assistant Professor of Cariology & Comprehensive Care. Dr. Sherwin was in private practice in New Jersey from 1985 to 2005.
Ms. Li Ruan, formerly Assistant Director for Doctoral and International Graduate Admissions at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, has been appointed Assistant Director of International Programs. Ms. Ruan, who has also served as Associate Director of Recruitment at Brooklyn College, holds a master’s degree in adult and community education from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Beijing University in China.
Dr. Seiichi Yamano has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics. Dr. Yamano was formerly a Research Fellow in Advanced Graduate Prosthodontics at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, a Research Fellow in the Gene Therapy and Therapeutics Branch of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), and an Instructor and Clinical Fellow in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Tokyo Medical University in Japan. Dr. Yamano holds a DDS degree from Nihon University School of Dentistry in Tokyo; a DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; a PhD in immunology and microbiology from Tokyo Medical University, and an MMedSc in oral biology and certificate in prosthodontics, both from the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Bruce A. Brandolin, ‘84, has been appointed a Full-Time Clinical Assistant Professor of Cariology & Comprehensive Care. Dr. Brandolin completed his general practice residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Bronx Municipal Hospital Center.