Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow, one of the most consistent contributors to the College of Dentistry for over 30 years, has retired from his positions as Professor and Chairman of the Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry, effective January 1, 2010. A search committee for a new chair has been formed, and Dr. Stuart M. Hirsch, Associate Dean for Development and International Affairs, has been appointed interim chair until a successor to Dr. Tarnow can be found.
Dr. Tarnow served as the founding chair of the Department of Implant Dentistry since 1992, and as the chair of the Ashman Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry since 2005, when the two departments merged. Dr. Tarnow trained in both prosthodontics and periodontics and is Board-certified in periodontics. He has played a pivotal role in building a growing national body of evidence on ways of significantly improving the oral health of fully and partially edentulous patients.
In addition to his teaching, research, and administrative duties at NYUCD, Dr. Tarnow has established a global network of alumni of the College's Advanced Study Program in Implant Dentistry for International Dentists, many of whom are generous supporters of NYUCD.
Said Dean Bertolami, "NYUCD thanks Dr. Tarnow for his many wonderful contributions over the years and wishes him the best of everything in his future endeavors."