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									                                NYUCD R ECEIVES $3.5 M ILLION G IFT TO S UPPORT
                                O RAL C ANCER R ESEARCH , T REATMENT, AND
                                T RAINING I NITIATIVES OF D R . B RIAN S CHMIDT
                                   The NYU College of Dentistry has received an                                                    patients through his research initiatives, and will
                                anonymous gift in the amount of $3.5 million to                                                    continue to expand the oral cancer treatment
                                support the oral cancer research, treatment, and                                                   programs established at NYUCD by Dr. David
                                training initiatives of Dr. Brian L. Schmidt, the                                                  Hirsch and department chair Dr. Robert Glickman,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             “We are thrilled by the generosity of

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                                newly appointed Director of the Bluestone Center                                                   said Dean Bertolami.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           this unrestricted gift, which will support
                                for Clinical Research (see related story on p. 42).                                                   “Inasmuch as a cure for oral cancer does not
                                   These initiatives center on early detection, pain                                               exist,” continued Dean Bertolami, “and in recognition                     Dr. Schmidt’s goal of enhancing the
                                control, and improved reconstruction in the                                                        of the fact that a major problem for oral cancer                          quality of life for oral cancer patients
                                treatment of oral cancer patients. They include:                                                   patients is pain, this gift will be used to increase                        through his research initiatives,”
                                I Developing an innovative oral cancer pain and                                                    understanding of the molecular mechanisms that                                    said Dean Bertolami.
                                   neuroscience research program.                                                                  produce oral cancer pain and to find ways to
                                I Identifying genetic and proteomic markers at the                                                 achieve significant pain reduction in a cancer pain
                                   time of diagnosis to predict the progression of                                                 model. An important aim will be to translate find-
                                   an oral cancer and subsequently, to tailor                                                      ings into the practical clinical management of oral
                                   treatment based upon that prediction.                                                           cancer patients.”
                                I Investigating saliva as a cancer predictor, which
                                   might make it possible to follow a patient with
                                   a precancerous lesion simply by giving a saliva
                                   sample that would be analyzed in the laboratory
                                   for certain predictive markers.
                                I Establishing a yearlong postdoctoral research
                                   fellowship for investigators who wish to develop
                                   expertise in the area of cancer pain by focusing

                                   on relevant questions that must be addressed in
                                   the laboratory.
                                I Improving oral cancer survivors’ quality of life
                                   by expanding a program dedicated to facial
                                   construction following surgical resection.
                                   Dr. Schmidt and his colleague Dr. John Dolan,
                                   winner of the National Inventors Hall of Fame
                                   Foundation Collegiate Inventors Competition
                                   Graduate Award (see related story on p. 43), will
                                   research and develop a prototype for jaw
                                   replacement, fabricated in titanium, to be deliv-
                                   ered at the time of oral cancer resection to
                                   replace the patient’s missing jaws and teeth.        Dr. Patricia Corby and Dr. Brian Schmidt
                                   “We are thrilled by the generosity of this
                                unrestricted gift, which will support Dr. Schmidt’s
                                                                                                                                   The Bluestone Center for Clinical Research team, clockwise from far left: Monique Carasso, NP, Clinical Research Coordinator;
                                goal of enhancing the quality of life for oral cancer
                                                                                                                                   Dr. Schmidt; Margaret Andrew, RN, Clinical Research Coordinator; Krystallia Kalliontzi, MS in Psychology and Health, MS in
                                                                                                                                   Counseling Psychology, and MS in Psychotherapy, Clinical Research Coordinator; Erica Queiroz, DDS, Assistant Clinical Research
                                                                                                                                   Coordinator; Dinah Neri, MD, Clinical Research Coordinator; Alice Siquera, DDS, Clinical Research Coordinator; Patricia Corby,
                                                                                                                                   DDS, MS in Biomedical Informatics, and certificate in molecular biology/microbial genetics, and Associate Director of the
                                                                                                                                   Bluestone Center; Monika Epler, MA in Clinical Psychology.
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      G ATES F OUNDATION G RANT E NABLES                                                                                             NYU C OLLEGE OF D ENTISTRY R ECEIVES
      D R . D ANIEL M ALAMUD TO D EVELOP R APID T EST                                                                                U NITED H OSPITAL F UND G RANT TO I MPROVE S ENIORS ’
      FOR M ALARIA                                                                                                                   A CCESS TO O RAL H EALTH C ARE
         NYU College of Dentistry Professor Dr. Daniel Malamud                                                                           The NYU College of Dentistry has received a one-year
      is teaming up with the Malaria Institute at Macha,                                                                             grant from the United Hospital Fund that will involve
      Zambia, to develop a rapid test for signs of malaria                                                                           dental, dental hygiene, and nursing students and faculty
      infection in saliva, thanks to a $100,000 Grand Challenge                                                                      in developing and assessing a collaborative oral health-
      Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.                                                                                care referral model whose goal is to provide community
         Malaria is a mosquito-borne parasitic disease that kills                                                                    dwelling, underserved older adults in New York City with
      as many as three million people a year. The Malaria                                                                            better access to dental care.
      Institute’s Scientific Director, Dr. Sungano Mharakurwa, will                                                                      According to the grant’s principal investigator,
      work with Dr. Malamud to transfer an existing laboratory                                                                       Dr. Donna E. Shelley, Clinical Associate Professor of
      test for malaria infection to a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip—a                                                                   Cariology & Comprehensive Care and Director of
      device that can detect the presence of the parasite’s DNA                                                                      Interdisciplinary Research and Practice, “Our project will
      on a glass chip less than four centimeters wide.                                                                               fill large gaps in our knowledge about the oral health
         “Saliva samples will be collected from the mouth with                                                                       needs of community dwelling older adults by screening
      a swab—a less invasive alternative to drawing blood,”                                                                          over 300 adults over the age of 60 who either seek services
      explained Dr. Malamud, a Professor of Basic Science &                                                                          from senior centers or live in Naturally Occurring
      Craniofacial Biology and Director of the HIV/AIDS                                                                              Retirement Communities (NORCs) in Manhattan and
      research program at NYU.                                                                                                       Queens. Our ultimate goal is to create a seamless referral
         The standard blood test for malaria requires samples to                                                                     link between community settings serving older adults
      be sent to a laboratory for lengthy analysis. The portable                                                                     and dental healthcare settings in order to increase access
      lab-on-a-chip, by contrast, is designed to identify signs of                                                                   to much needed dental care.”
      malaria infection—even if there are no symptoms of the                                                                             Dental, dental hygiene, and nursing students will
      disease—in less than one hour. The adoption of this tech-                                                                      screen residents at each partnering site. The dental and
      nology would enable public health officials to expand the Dr. Daniel Malamud                                                   dental hygiene students will conduct oral health                                                        Dr. Donna E. Shelley
      number of people being tested for malaria infection in                                                                         assessments and the nursing students will take medical
      remote rural areas, and to begin treating those who are infected before they                                                   histories and interview the seniors to identify potential     this is only one of the many barriers that older adults
      develop symptoms of the disease.                                                                                               barriers to care, such as a lack of insurance and inade-      face in trying to access dental care,” said Dr. Shelley. “We
         Drs. Malamud and Mharakurwa will use the lab-on-a-chip to test 270 rural                                                    quate transportation to dental service delivery sites. As     also intend to use the data to develop a referral model
      villagers for malaria infection in an area of Zambia where large numbers of                                                    part of the project, NYUCD is collaborating with the          that could be replicated in the future on a larger scale
      malaria cases have been reported. All subjects testing positive will be treated                                                New York State Dental Association to create a directory of    citywide and to advocate for government funding to fill
      with medication. Additional testing involving a larger number of human                                                         dentists who will serve as a referral resource.               gaps in uncompensated care for seniors.”
      subjects will be conducted in subsequent phases of the research.                                                                   “The data we gather will enable us to estimate the           Dr. Shelley’s coinvestigators include Dr. Stefanie
         Dr. Malamud’s coinvestigators include Dr. Eran Geva, a Junior Research                                                      prevalence of oral health problems in this population         Russell, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Health
      Scientist in Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology, and Dr. Cheryl Barber, an                                                   and the amount of uncompensated care needed to meet           Promotion; Dr. Donna Clemmens, Assistant Professor of
      Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology & Health Promotion, both at                                                       the seniors’ basic oral health needs. We expect to find       Nursing; and Dr. Theresa Montini, Senior Research
      the College of Dentistry.                                                                                                      large numbers of older adults without dental insurance        Scientist in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive
                                                                                        Some homes in Zambia are equipped with       because Medicare does not cover dental treatment. But         Care.

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                                                                                        nets to protect against mosquitoes bearing
                       “Saliva samples will be collected from                           the malaria parasite. Photo by Eran Geva.

                      the mouth with a swab—a less invasive
                           alternative to drawing blood,”
                              explained Dr. Malamud.
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                                                                                                                                   “Henry Schein Cares is deeply privileged to contribute to the training and
                                                                                                                                 education of our nation’s future oral healthcare professionals and support their
                                                                                                                                 service to the oral healthcare needs of the public through the Henry Schein Cares
                                                                                                                                 Wing of the NYU College of Dentistry, and we are grateful for the generosity of
                                                                                                                                 our supplier partners who have joined us in this effort,” said Stanley M.
                                                                                                                                 Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Henry Schein. “Our strategic
                                                                                                                                 partnership with NYU underscores our commitment to supporting healthcare
                                                                                                                                 education, a key pillar of our global social responsibility program, Henry Schein
                                                                                                                                 Cares, and we look forward to working together to ‘help health happen’ for
                                                                                                                                 many years to come.”
                                                                                                                                    The opening of the Henry Schein Cares Wing builds on a two-decade-long
                                                                                                                                 strategic partnership between Henry Schein and the NYU College of Dentistry.
                                                                                                                                 In addition to the opening of the Henry Schein Cares Wing, Henry Schein
                                                                                                                                 Cares and the NYU College of Dentistry recently announced a five-year sponsorship of the
                                                                                                                                 dental school’s international outreach program—the NYU College of Dentistry–Henry Schein Cares Global Dental
                                                                                                                                 Student Outreach Program. (See related stories on pp. 48 and 52.)
                                                                                                                                    “Henry Schein and NYU share a deep commitment to advancing excellent, comprehensive oral health care while
                                                                                                                                 supporting the training and development of future oral healthcare professionals who not only have an impact on
                                                                                                                                 their profession, but on society as a whole,” said Dean Bertolami. “NYU’s partnership with Henry Schein furthers
                                                                                                                                 our ability to provide quality, affordable oral health care to members of our community while offering our students
                                                                                                                                 an extraordinary education.”

                                    From left: Dr. Mark Wolff, Dr. Stuart Hirsch, Mr. Edward Riley (Henry Schein), Mr. Stanley
                                    Bergman, Dr. Cosmo DeSteno, Dean Bertolami, Mr. Steven Kess (Henry Schein), and
                                    Dr. Richard Vogel.
                                                                                                                                 MIGUEL COLMENARES, MANAGER OF THE HENRY SCHEIN DENTAL SUPPLY
                                        NYUCD celebrated the opening of the Henry Schein Cares Wing on                           STORE AT NYUCD, HONORED BY NYUCD STUDENT COUNCIL
                                     June 2, 2010, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the new clinical
                                     facility.                                                                                   The NYU College of Dentistry Student
                                        Housed on the second floor of the NYU College of Dentistry, the Henry                    Council presented the NYU College of
                                                                                                                                 Dentistry Student Council
                                     Schein Cares Wing includes 56 dental chairs for the care of patients in the
                                                                                                                                 Appreciation Award 2009-2010 to
                                     community. Henry Schein donated equipment, technology, and healthcare                       Miguel Colmenares, Manager of the
                                     supplies valued at more than $2 million to support the NYU College of                       Henry Schein Dental Supply Store at
                                     Dentistry through Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global social respon-                   NYUCD since 1991. This honor was
                                                                                                                                 one of 10 awards presented by the
                                     sibility program.
                                                                                                                                 Student Council to members of the
                                                                                                                                 NYU faculty and administration who
                                                                                                                                 students feel have performed out-

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                                                                                                                                 standingly in their support of and
              “Henry Schein and NYU share a deep commitment to advancing excellent,                                              dedication to dental students.

             comprehensive oral health care while supporting the training and development                                        Miguel Colmenares’ award is unique,
              of future oral healthcare professionals who not only have an impact on their                                       as he is the first individual outside of
                                                                                                                                 the NYUCD faculty and administration
                      profession, but on society as a whole,” said Dean Bertolami.                                               ever to receive this honor.                    From left: Justin Hastings, ’10; Miguel Colmenares; Dr. Ricardo
                                                                                                                                                                                Vanegas-Plata, faculty member, Department of Cariology &
                                                                                                                                                                                Comprehensive Care at NYUCD (also a winner of the NYUCD
                                                                                                                                                                                Student Council Appreciation Award); and Dr. Jordan Bank, ’10.
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      NYU C OLLEGE OF D ENTISTRY S HARES $1 M ILLION                                                            D R . T ERRY Y. L IN               IS   2010 L ITVAK F ELLOWSHIP R ECIPIENT
                                                                                                                   Dr. Terry Y. Lin, ‘08, a second-year
         Do frequent arguments between parents and an unstable home
                                                                                                                student in the Jonathan and Maxine
      environment contribute to oral and systemic health problems, as
                                                                                                                Ferencz Advanced Education
      well as to psychological stress? Researchers from the NYU College
                                                                                                                Program in Prosthodontics, has
      of Dentistry and Stony Brook University are examining this
      question with the help of a two-year, $1 million grant from the                                           become the 12th recipient of the
      National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of NIH.                                      Dr. Harold Litvak Junior Fellowship
         The study is being led jointly by Dr. Mark Wolff, Professor and                                        in Prosthodontics.
      Chair of the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care and                                                In addition to a dental degree,
      Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education at the NYU                                              Dr. Lin holds an MS degree in
      College of Dentistry, and Drs. Richard Heyman and Amy Slep, both                                          Biomedical Engineering from the
      Research Professors of Psychology at Stony Brook University. The                                          University of California, Los
      coinvestigators will evaluate 800 parents and caregivers and 400                                          Angeles. He plans to pursue a career
      children ages 4 to 11 who live in Suffolk County, New York. Drs.                                          in research, teaching, and private
      Heyman and Slep identified the subjects through a telephone                                               practice after completing his
      survey conducted in conjunction with an earlier study that was                                            prosthodontics specialty training in
      limited to the psychological effects of family conflict in homes with                                     2011.
      frequent parental conflict and dysfunction.                                                                   “Dr. Lin was awarded the fellow-
         In the new study, the NYU–Stony Brook research team will                                               ship because of his ability to excel
      administer comprehensive oral, systemic, and psychological health                                         academically, in patient satisfaction,
      examinations to evaluate the subjects for:                                                                and in his interactions with faculty
                                                                                                                and peers,” said Dr. Farhad Vahidi,
      I   oral health status and quality of life, including number of dental
                                                                                                                Associate Professor of Prostho-
          caries                                                                               Dr. Mark Wolff                                                                     From left: Dr. Terry Y. Lin and Dr. Harold Litvak
                                                                                                                dontics and Director of the Jonathan and Maxine Ferencz
      I   physical health status, including susceptibility to common ailments such as colds
                                                                                                                Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics.
          and the flu
                                                                                                                   The Litvak Fellowship was established in 1999 through a
      I   blood levels of enzymes and proteins associated with diarrhea, irritable bowel
                                                                                                                generous grant from Mrs. Adele Block in honor of her dentist,
          syndrome, and other stress-related, inflammatory conditions
                                                                                                                Dr. Litvak, a Clinical Professor of Prosthodontics at NYUCD and
      I   mental health status, including symptoms of depression and anxiety
                                                                                                                a generous donor to the College. Mrs. Block is a member of the
         The investigators hypothesize that, of the subjects evaluated, children who are                        family that owned the Block Drug Company, Inc., a major
      frequently exposed to family conflict will have higher-than-average levels of dental                      producer of oral and general healthcare products, which is now
      caries, common systemic illnesses, and psychological problems. If this proves to be                       a division of GlaxoSmithKline.
      the case, the study could lead to the development of specific recommendations on

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      how to screen those at risk for a broad range of oral, systemic, and psychological
                                                                                                                                                                  “Dr. Lin was awarded the fellowship
      health conditions.
         “We hope that this study will make dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses,
                                                                                                                                                                     because of his ability to excel
      and other healthcare providers more aware of the implications of family conflict,”                                                                          academically, in patient satisfaction,
      said Dr. Wolff.                                                                                                                                              and in his interactions with faculty
         Dr. Ananda P. Dasanayake, Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion at the                                                                            and peers,” said Dr. Farhad Vahidi.
      NYU College of Dentistry, is a coinvestigator on the study.

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      T HE G IFT OF A L IFETIME :                                                                                    NYU C OLLEGES OF D ENTISTRY AND N URSING
      D R . M AURICE O RINGER ’ S E XTRAORDINARY G ENEROSITY                                                         R ESEARCHERS AWARDED THE ADA’ S S AMUEL D. H ARRIS
      C ONTINUES TO S UPPORT H IS A LMA M ATER                                                                       G RANT FOR C HILDREN ’ S D ENTAL H EALTH
                                                                                                                        New York University Colleges of Dentistry and              of Dentistry,” said Dr. Lim. “This project will introduce
         When Dr. Maurice Oringer, ’28, returned to NYUCD
                                                                                                                     Nursing researchers were awarded a $5K grant from the         newborn and pediatric practicing nurses to interdiscipli-
      in 1998 for a welcoming reception for former Dean
                                                                                                                     American Dental Association’s Samuel D. Harris Fund           nary educational strategies for implementation on the
      Michael C. Alfano, he was already committed to
                                                                                                                     for Children’s Dental Health Grants Program. The              postpartum unit for parents of newborns to reduce the
      NYUCD’s success in dental education, research, and
                                                                                                                     researchers, Dr. Lily Lim (principal investigator), a         incidence of ECC,” she said.
      patient care, having been a loyal and generous supporter
                                                                                                                     Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and          The 16-month project begins with the implementa-
      of his alma mater for many years.
                                                                                                                     Director of the Advanced Program for International            tion of an interdisciplinary and culturally sensitive oral
         But on that day, Dr. Oringer became an even more
                                                                                                                     Dentists in Pediatric Dentistry, and Ms. Jill Fernandez       health educational program for parents of newborns.
      avid supporter of the College and a leading advocate for
                                                                                                                     (coinvestigator), a Clinical Associate Professor of           Follow-up assessments of the health status of the infants
      the vision outlined by Dean Alfano—that NYUCD
                                                                                                                     Pediatric Dentistry and Director of Pediatric Outreach        will be performed to determine the impact of the
      would become the dental education institution with the
                                                                                                                     Programs, both from the College of Dentistry, and Dr.         educational program at 6 and 12 months. Lastly, the
      greatest impact globally on the health of society.
                                                                                                                     Donna Hallas (coinvestigator), a Clinical Associate           researchers will assess the impact of the educational
         With his excitement and passion for the College at a
                                                                                                                     Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the Pediatric         program by the number of parents who have taken their
      new level, Dr. Oringer established a scholarship fund so
                                                                                                                     Nurse Practitioner Program, from the College of               child to a pediatric dentist by the infant’s first birthday.
      that students would be able to apply themselves 100
                                                                                                                     Nursing, developed a proposal entitled:                          The researchers anticipate enrolling at least 30 moth-
      percent to their dental studies, and he arranged to
                                                                                                                     “Interdisciplinary Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Early     ers each week with a total population of 180
      complete its funding by naming NYUCD as a benefici-
                                                                                                                     Childhood Caries: Implementation of a Postnatal               infants in the control group and 180
      ary in his estate plans. In this way, Dr. Oringer’s values
                                                                                                                     Educational Program and Follow-up Interventions to            infants in the intervention
      of scholarship and service would be perpetuated and
                                                                                                                     Establish a Dental Home in the First Year of Life.”           group. They anticipate
      would serve as a model for students and young profes-
                                                                                                                        In their grant proposal, the researchers note that Early   that the total educa-
      sionals for generations to come.
                                                                                                                     Childhood Caries (ECC) is the most prevalent unmet            tional program will
         Dr. Oringer’s sense of public service was legendary in
                                                                                                                     healthcare need among children 71 months old or               reach around 5,000
      the dental profession. A pioneer in raising awareness of
                                                                                                                     younger, with significant health disparities in oral          parents of newborns
      the importance of early detection of oral cancer,
                                                                   Dr. Maurice Oringer                               health care for children below five years old. Untreated      at various New York
      Dr. Oringer was one of the first proponents of routine
                                                                                                                     dental caries among African-American children 6 to 8          City hospitals and
      oral cancer exams. The NYU College of Dentistry, in
                                                                                                                     years of age was 36 percent, and for Hispanic children,       about 200 infants
      particular, has promoted the importance of routine oral
                                                                                                                     untreated dental caries was 43 percent as compared to         who were on the
      cancer screening of dental patients. And now, the Fund
                                                                                                                     white children who are at 26 percent.                         in-patient pediatric

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      established by Dr. Oringer ensures that his legacy of
                                                                                                                        To effectively combat this national epidemic, the          unit over the one-
      public service will live on, even though Dr. Oringer                The Fund established by Dr. Oringer        researchers are proposing an interdisciplinary collabora-     year time frame.
      passed away in 2004.
                                                                         ensures that his legacy of public service   tive approach to the education of parents of newborns            —CHRISTOPHER
         Through a bequest, you, too, can make a
                                                                                                                     prior to hospital discharge.                                             JAMES
      meaningful gift to NYUCD. To learn more about                                      will live on.                  “Our interdisciplinary team will consist of pediatric
      how to create your own legacy, please contact
                                                                                                                     dentists, pediatric residents, and general dental students
      Assistant Dean Rita Startup at 212.998.9920 or
                                                                                                                     at New York University College of Dentistry working
      email her directly at rita.startup@nyu.edu.
                                                                                                                     collaboratively with newborn and pediatric nurses, pedi-
                                                                                                                     atric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and PNP students from
                                                                                                                     New York University College of Nursing at the College

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                          NYUCD in the News
                          A SAMPLING OF RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE

                             ABC7 Eyewitness News ss, Associate
                                                  broadcast an
                                                                                                                                                                                  ADA      News interviewed Dr. Donna Sh
                                                        a Strau
                              interview with Dr. Shiel                                                                                                                             Clinical Associate Profes
                                                        d Co-Director of the            Doctor Radio, a Sirius satellite                                                                                    sor of Cariology &
                              Professor of Nursing an                                                                                                     men’s
                               Statistics & Data Mana
                                                       gement Core for NYU’
                                                                                s        radio channel sponsored by the NYU      Chatelaine, a Canadian wo with                   Comprehensive Care an
                                                                                                                                                                                                           d Director of
                                                                                                                                                         interview                Interdisciplinary Research
                                                      d Nursing, about her               Langone Medical Center, interviewed     magazine, featured an                                                        and Practice, about
                            Colleges of Dentistry an                                                                                                       te Dean for            the grant she received fro
                                                   that over 90 percent of               Dr. Daniel Malamud, Professor of        Dr. Mark Wolff, Associa                                                     m the United Hospital
                           research which found                                                                                                           ucation and            Fund to develop and eva
                                                     e are at risk for diabetes
                                                                               ,         Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology    Predoctoral Clinical Ed                                                    luate a community-clinic
                           people with gum diseas                                                                                                       the Department           referral model that aims
                                                     uld be screened in denta
                                                                                 l       and Director of the HIV/AIDS            Professor and Chair of                                                     to increase prevention
                           and that at least half co                                                                                                    rehensive Care,          and treatment of oral dis
                                                       adcast during NYUCD'
                                                                                 s       Research Program, for a Valentine’s     of Cariology & Comp                                                        ease among older adults.
                            offices. The story was bro                                                                                                    s drinks on            (See related story on p. 67
                                                       ing conducted                     Day special program on oral health      on the impact of sport                                                      .) GrantWatch Blog also
                            annual free dental screen                                                                                                   ston Globe also          posted a story announcin
                                                    C7, which                            and kissing; Dr. Robert Schoor,          tooth erosion. The Bo                                                     g the grant.
                            in partnership with AB                                                                                                        .
                                                                                        Clinical Associate Professor of           reported on this study
                            also promoted                                                                                                                                       ADA News         quoted Dean Bertolami
                                                                                        Periodontology & Implant Dentistry                                                                                                and Dr. Amr
                            the screenings with                                                                                                      ck
                                                                                        and Director of the postgraduate          WNYC Radio Soundche lff                        Moursi, Associate Profes
                                                                                                                                                                                                          sor and Chair of the
                            public service                                                                                                              with Dr. Wo              Department of Pediatric
                                                                                        program in periodontics, about            featured an interview                                                   Dentistry, in articles abou
                            announcements.                                                                                                                 in dental            NYUCD’s commemoration                                 t
                                                                                        periodontal problems in diabetics         about the use of music                                                      of Give Kids A Smile®
                             The research results                                                                                                         .                     Day, an annual nationw
                                                                                        and the “boomer” generation; Dr.          offices to calm patients                                               ide event offering free ora
                             were also reported by                                                                                                                              health care and education                           l
                                                     CBS                                Amr Moursi, Associate Professor and                                                                                 to underserved children.
                             the ADA News and by
                                                   in Buffalo,                          Chair of the Department of Pediatric       Business Week Saving                         (See related story on p. 93
                             TV network stations                                                                                                           h, Associate
                                                     n, and online by                   Dentistry, about children’s oral           quoted Dr. Stuart Hirsc
                              Cincinnati, and Tucso                                                                                                        Programs &
                                                        RP, Reader’s Digest, and        health; Dr. Robert Glickman, Professor     Dean for International
                              National Public Radio, AA                                                                                                    icle about
                                                       es and blogs worldwide
                                                                                .       & Chair of the Department of Oral &        Development, in an art
                              dozens of other Web sit                                                                                                     rsch was also
                                                                                       Maxillofacial Surgery, about TMJ dis-       dental tourism. Dr. Hi
                                                                                       orders; Dr. Morey Gendler, Clinical          quoted on the topic in                           Clinical Oncology
                                                                                       Associate Professor of Cariology &           SavingAdvice.com.                                an NYUC
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Week          reported on
                                                                                                                                                                                               D/Penn State st
                                                                                                                                                                                                              udy to develop
                                                                                       Comprehensive Care, about current                                                             new model for                           a
                                                                                                                                    Anthropology News            reported                          investigating the
                                                                                       issues in dentistry; Dr. Mark Wolff,                                                          cancer link.                    tobacco/oral
                                                                                                                                                            . Timothy
                                                                                       Associate Dean for Predoctoral                on the selection of Dr
                                                    kly inter-                                                                       Bromage, Professor of
                                     CenterWatch Weeidt, Director                      Clinical Education and Professor and
                                                                                                                                     and Biomimetics and of
                                                                                                                                                               Basic Science
                                                                                                                                                                                     The New York           Times carried a story

                                                         Schm                          Chair of the Department of Cariology                                                         the NYU Stern Sc                                on
                                      viewed Dr. Brian                                                                                                        y, to receive                              hool’s annual En
                                                         Center for Clinic
                                                                                      & Comprehensive Care, about caring             and Craniofacial Biolog                        Social Venture co                      trepreneur
                                      of the Bluestone                                                                                                          search Award.                           mpetition, which
                                                       ofessor of Oral   &            for your teeth as you age; and Dr.              the 2010 Max Planck Re                       first prize in its                       awarded
                                      Research and Pr                                                                                                         orted by                                 “profit-for-good
                                                        rgery, for an artic
                                                                           le on      Ron Craig, Professor of Basic Science           The story was also rep                       egory to Mr. Chi                     business” cat-
                                       Maxillofacial Su                                                                                                       Dental Tribune,                          rag Sadana, Assi
                                                         lopment, and go
                                                                            als of    & Craniofacial Biology, about the               Paleontology News, the                       of the Office of                     stant Director
                                       the growth, deve                                                                                                        d hundreds of                          Informatics, and
                                                          nter.                       importance of dental care as it relates          Medical News Today, an                     Ruano, Web Ap                          Mr. Alex
                                       the Bluestone Ce                                                                                                                                              plication Progra
                                                                                      to heart disease.                                Web sites and blogs.                       in the Office of                    mmer/Analyst
                                                                                  d                                                                                                                  Informatics, for
                                                                 y being conducte                                                                                                 venture entitled                     their social
                                       CNN featured a stud tion with the                                                                                                                              “America Smiles.”
                                        at NYUCD in co                       e of a
                                                           edicine on the us
                                        NYU School of M                        nced
                                                            t to promote enha
                                        psychoactive agen
                                                           ncer patients.
                                         well-being for ca

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                                                                                                                                                                   Aol.com featured an interview with
                                                                                                                                                                   Dr. Mark Wolff, Associate Dean for
                                                                Ladies’ Home Journal                                                                               Predoctoral Clinical Education and
                                                                                               featured an           Prevention    magazine carried an             Professor and Chair of the Department
                                                                interview with Dr. Ma                                view with Ms. Judith              inter-
                                                                                       rk Schlesinger, ’02,                                                                                             , on
                                                                Clinical Assistant Profes                                                 Kreismann, Clinica
                                                                                                                                                            l      of Cariology & Comprehensive Care
                                                                                         sor of Cariology &         Associate Professor                                                              .
                                                                Comprehensive Care,                                                     of Dental Hygiene,         options for affordable dental care
                                                                                       about a new laser            about new and inter
                                                               treatment for periodo                                                    esting ways to             FoxBusiness.com also interviewed Dr.
                                                                                      ntal disease. Dr.             remember to floss.
                                                               Schlesinger was also int                                                                            Wolff on this topic.
                                                                                        erviewed by
                                                               HealthRadio.net about                               Earthtimes.org
                                                               and FDA approval for
                                                                                      the laser treatment                               quoted Dr. John Ri
                                                                                                                                                            cci,   Aol.com Savings Experiment
             The Dr. Oz Show interviewed                                              the new technique.          Associate Professor
                                                                                                                                        of Biomaterials &          carried a story about affordable dental
             Dr. Gerald Curatola, ’83,                                                                            Biomimetics, in an art
                                                                                                                                         icle about an implan      care at the NYU College of Dentistry.
                                       riology &              Life and    Beauty Weekly published                                                              t
             Associate Professor of Ca                                                                     an
                                                                                                                  whose surface has be
                                                                                                                                         en precisely engi-        The program explores cost-effective,
                                        early detection       article authored by Dr
             Comprehensive Care, on                                                 . Nancy Dougherty,            neered for stability
                                                                                                                                       to speed healing an         sometimes lesser-known solutions to
                                                             Clinical Associate Pro                               minimize bone loss.                       d
             of oral cancer.                                                       fessor of Pediatric
                                                             Dentistry and Director                                                                                 a variety of topics.
                                                                                     of the Postgraduate
                                       also featured an      Program in Pediatric De                              Weekly A
             The Dr. Oz Show                                 on proper tooth brush
                                                                                      ntistry, featuring tips                 sahi, a popular Japanese              Cancer Weekly        reported on a study
                                         an Levine,
              interview with Dr. Jonath                                             ing by children.              news magazine, inter
                                                                                                                                        viewed Dr. Mitchell         by Dr. Douglas Morse, Associate Professo
                                            of Cariology
              Clinical Assistant Professor                                                                       Bloom, Clinical Asso
                                                                                                                                        ciate Professor of          of Epidemiology & Health Promotio
                                            the benefits     Health & Medicine Wee
              & Comprehensive Care, on                                            k               reported       Periodontics and Ed
                                                                                                                                      ucational                     which found a correlation between smoking
                                            keover. Dr.      on  a study led by Dr. Yu Zh
               of an aesthetic dentistry ma                                                ang, Assistant        Coordinator, and Dr
                                                                                                                                      . Hanae Saito, Rese           and depression in oral cancer patients
                                          ed on this         Professor of Biomater                                                                         arch
               Levine was also interview                                            ials & Biomimetics,          Coordinator for the
                                                                                                                                      International Progra
                                                            which described how                                 in Implant Dentistry,                       m
               topic by Fox News.
                                                            as a glass-ceramic comp
                                                                                    to reformulate zirconia                            on differences                Univision/Channel 41         interviewed
                                                                                                                between American
                                                            fracture resistance.
                                                                                      osite to increase its                        and Japanese approa
                                                                                                                                                           ch-       Dr. Lucy Troncoso, Clinical Assistant
               Science Daily     reported on a study                                                            es to implant dentist                                                                        ve
                                                                                                                                     ry education.                   Professor of Cariology & Comprehensi
                                          ociate Dean
               led by Dr. Mark Wolff, Ass                                                                                                                            Care, and Ms. Keila E. Figueroa,
               for Predoctoral Clinical Ed
                                          ucation and                                                           WebMD        quoted the late Ms.                     Outreach Program Administrator in
                                           Department                                                                                            Alla
               Professor and Chair of the                                                                       Wheeler, Associate
                                                                                                                                    Professor of Dental              Department of Pediatric Dentistr  y, about
                of Epidemiology & Health                                                                        Hygiene, in an artic
                                                                                                                                    le about the importa             the importance of maintaining good
                                           between                                                                                                      nce
                which found a connection                                                                        of flossing.
                                                                                                                                                                     health during pregnancy.
                                         tooth staining.
                drinking white wine and
                                                                Prevention       magazine quoted
                                                                                                                                                                      WKRN-TV        in Nashville, TN, inter-
                Men’s Health Magazine
                                                                 Dr. Edgard Elchaar, Cl
                                                                                          inical Associate
                                                                Professor of Periodonto                                                                               viewed Dr. Nancy Dougherty, Clinical
                interviewed Dr. Mark Wolff,                 Dentistry, in an article
                                                                                           logy & Implant
                                                                                                                                                                      Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistr
                                           al Education
                Dean for Predoctoral Clinic                uses for health products
                                                                                     describing unusual
                                                                                                                                                                      and Director of the Advanced Educatio
                & Professor & Chair of the                 feet with mouthwash to
                                                                                      , such as swabbing
                                                                                                                                                                      Program in Pediatric Dentistry, abo ut the
                                            ive Care,
                 of Cariology & Comprehens                                           prevent athlete’s foot.
                                                                                                                                                                      age at which children can start brushing
                 on veneers.                                                                                                                                          their own teeth. The interview was also
                                                                                                                                                                       carried by NewsWest.Com, KTVZ-TV
                                                                                                                                                                       (Bend, OR), WBTV (Charlotte, NC),
                                                                                                                                                                       and WWSB (Sarasota, FL).

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                                         NYU College of Dentistry’s                                                                                           THE NYUCD ACADEMY OF DISTINGUISHED EDUCATORS INAUGURAL INDUCTEES:

                                         Academy of Distinguished Educators                                                                                   I Eric Baker                                          Each inductee received a certificate of membership and a
                                                                                                                                                                (Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology)
                                         Inducts Inaugural Members                                                                                            I Ananda Dasanayake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 specially crafted pin. The conceptual foundation for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Academy was laid by Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Associate Dean
                                                                                                                                                                (Epidemiology & Health Promotion)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 for Academic Affairs, who, working with a leadership committee
                                                                                                                                                              I Mitchell Lipp
                                         NYU PRESIDENT JOHN SEXTON IS                                                                                           (Orthodontics)                                   of faculty members known for their insight, wisdom, expertise
                                                                                                                                                              I Marjan Moghadam
                                         KEYNOTE SPEAKER                                                                                                                                                         as teachers, and commitment to the College, provided the
                                                                                                                                                                (Prosthodontics)                                 intellectual framework and bylaws needed to launch the
                                                                                                                                                              I Miriam Robbins                                   Academy.
                                            The NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators at the                                                                   (Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology,                    Dr. Spielman noted that “With its focus on championing
                                         College of Dentistry inducted its inaugural members at a                                                               Radiology & Medicine)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the central role of teachers in facilitating innovation in teach-
                                         ceremony held at the College on May 3, 2010. Dean                                                                    I Anthony Vernillo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing, conducting research, and creating an environment that
                                                                                                                                                                (Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology,
                                         Bertolami, who provided the impetus for the creation of                                                                                                                 enhances the status of health professions educators, the
                                                                                                                                                                Radiology & Medicine)
                                         the Academy, explained that “The Academy is a collective                                                                                                                Academy will function as a unique think tank, one that will
                                         of highly qualified NYUCD faculty who share a commit-                                                                                                                   redefine our understanding of health professions educators.”
                                         ment to improving the overall level of teaching at NYUCD
                                         via educational research, pedagogical practice, develop-
                                         ment of learning materials, and educational mentorship.
                                         Although excellence in teaching is indisputably central to
                                         the mission of educating tomorrow’s healthcare
                                         providers across disciplines, it is often undervalued and under-
                                         supported. The Academy is designed to change that.”
                                                                                                                                  NYU President John Sexton
                                            A highlight of the event was the participation of NYU President John Sexton,
                                         who presented keynote remarks and formally inducted the inaugural members.
                                            “Whenever I have to fill out a form identifying my profession,” said President
                                         Sexton, “I never write ‘university president,’ I always write ‘teacher.’ That’s what I
                                         was put on this earth to be and that’s why I am so enthusiastic about and
                                         inspired by Charles’s decision to create the College’s Academy of Distinguished
                                         Educators. As a youngster at Brooklyn Prep in 1955. I was privileged to
      N EWS F R O M T H E CO L L EG ES

                                         encounter a teacher who enabled me to recognize my destiny, a mystical man
                                         who instilled in me an openness to “the other,” a yearning to understand and
                                         be curious about experiences I hadn’t yet had, to encounter the world and learn
                                         from it. The educators whom we induct into the Academy this afternoon exem-
                                         plify that person’s understanding of teaching as the most thrilling and satisfying
                                         calling one can have. I am honored and privileged to officially induct them as
                                         the first members of the NYU College of Dentistry’s Academy of Distinguished

                                                                                                                                                              From left: Dr. Vernillo, Dr. Robbins, Dr. Spielman, Dr. Moghadam, Dr. Lipp,
                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Dasanayake, Mr. William Eidtson, Director, Faculty/Staff Development

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                                                                   “Although excellence in teaching is indisputably                                           Center, Mr. Eric Baker.
                                                                    central to the mission of educating tomorrow’s
                                                                      healthcare providers across disciplines, it is
                                                                       often undervalued and undersupported.
                                                                      The Academy is designed to change that.”
                                                                                           Dean Bertolami

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      Two New Dental Schools Join NYUCD–
      Henry Schein Cares Alaska Outreach,
      Doubling the Size of the Program

                                                                                                                                enabled it to take on a more central role in
                                                                                                                                three days of outreach to Fort Yukon, a village
                                                                                                                                that NYUCD and Arizona jointly visited in
                                                                                                                                   “With more people on the ground, we operated
                                                                                                                                our temporary clinic more efficiently,” said Dr.
                                                                                                                                Maureen Romer, an Associate Professor and
                                                                                                                                Director of Special Care Dentistry at the Arizona
                                                                                                                                School of Dentistry & Oral Health, who led the
                                                                                                                                Arizona contingent in both 2009 and 2010.
                                                                                                                                Arizona plans to take the lead on the spring 2011
                                                                                                                                mission to Fort Yukon, enabling NYUCD to reduce
                                                                                                                                its presence there and redeploy some students and
      The 2010 Alaska Outreach Team
                                                                                                                                faculty to other locations.
         The NYUCD–Henry Schein Cares Global Student              implemented, the outreach team set up temporary                  Arizona’s increased presence ties in with its focus on      “Since we’ve been to this region before, we had a
      Outreach to Alaska has added two new schools to its         clinics in local schools and health clinics, provided the     preparing students to provide oral health care in areas     network of contacts in the state health department and
      program, which visited the Arctic Circle in April 2010.     children with oral health education, screenings, fluoride     of need throughout the United States. The school con-       in each of the villages we were scheduled to visit,” said
      The dental schools at the University of Washington and      varnishes, sealants, restorative treatments, and extrac-      fers a certificate in public health in conjunction with a   Ms. Hill. Added Ms. Meissner, “We knew who to call to
      Loma Linda University joined NYUCD and the Arizona          tions, and trained teachers and local healthcare workers      DMD degree and requires students to perform commu-          make things happen.”
      School of Dentistry & Oral Health to implement a            to reapply the varnishes at three-month intervals.            nity service at off-campus dental clinics.                     Many participants cited an interest in experiencing
      program aimed at achieving a sustainable reduction in       Emergency care was also provided to 140 adults.                  “We like helping people regardless of where they         the Alaska lifestyle firsthand as a motivation for taking
      dental caries in areas where the caries rate is more than      The Alaska mission covers a much broader territory         live,” remarked Arizona team member Dr. Cassandra           the trip.
      twice as high as anywhere else in the United States.        than is customary for NYUCD–Henry Schein Cares                Jones, ’10.                                                    “Students are interested in doing these kinds of
         The addition of the dental schools at Loma Linda         outreaches. Snow-packed mountain ranges encircle the             Although traveling to the Alaskan Arctic can be chal-    missions since they like to interact with people from
      University and the University of Washington brought         region’s tiny villages, and flying is often the only way to   lenging, the team in NYUCD’s Office of International        different cultures,” said Dr. Beatrice Gandara, Clinical
      the total number of students and faculty participating in   get from one place to another. In order to efficiently        Affairs & Development was able to smooth over many          Associate Professor and Director of Educational
      the 2010 mission to 30, more than double the number         serve as many residents of the area as possible, the          hurdles.                                                    Partnerships & Diversity at the University of Washington
      who traveled to Alaska in 2009. NYUCD and Arizona           NYUCD–Henry Schein Cares program aims to enlist                   “Actually,” said Dr. Bonnie Nelson, Assistant           School of Dentistry. Dr. Travis Nelson, a third-year
      also substantially increased their presence in 2010.        additional dental schools for each mission, in order to       Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the Loma Linda          pediatric resident at the school, added, “The local
         With a larger team in place, organizers extended the     be able to simultaneously deploy multiple teams to            School of Dentistry and a veteran of the school’s out-      children seemed absolutely fascinated with all of the
      mission to 16 days in 2010 from 8 in 2009; more than        provide more care to more villages. Ultimately, the goal      reach missions to Honduras and Nicaragua, “this was         strangers who converged on their village for two days.
      doubled the number of villages served, to five from two;    is to have each dental school take the lead in one area,      the easiest outreach I ever participated in. NYUCD          Many would hang around after their appointments just
      and increased the number of children treated to 165         enabling other schools to move on to serve additional         Program Coordinators Rachel Hill and Amanda                 to watch or talk with the dentists.”
      from 87.                                                    villages.                                                     Meissner made all the necessary arrangements, includ-          In addition to Ms. Hill and Ms. Meissner, NYUCD’s
         In Alaska, as in other locations where the NYUCD-           For example, Arizona’s expanded presence on the            ing helping me to obtain the temporary license I needed     participants in the outreach included Dr. Stuart Hirsch,
      Henry Schein Cares model of sustainable care has been       mission—from two volunteers last year to six this year—       to practice dentistry in Alaska.”                           Associate Dean for International Affairs & Development;

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      Dr. Peter Catapano, Clinical Associate Professor of
      Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Gayle Miranda, Clinical
                                                                                                                                    Robert N. Eskow NYU Implant Dentistry Award
      Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Ms.                                                                      Presented to Dr. George A. Zarb
      Jill Fernandez, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric
      Dentistry; Dr. Cristine Abreu Sosa, Clinical Assistant
      Professor of Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Magda Goralczyk,                                                                           The Robert N. Eskow NYU
      Advanced Education Program in Endodontics, ’11;                                                                               Implant Dentistry award was
      Dr. Mohab Tanious, Advanced Education Program in                                                                              presented to Dr. George A. Zarb, a
      Endodontics, ’11; and the following members of the                                                                            Toronto-based internationally
      Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry                                                                             accomplished prosthodontist who has
      Class of 2011: Dr. Scott Sachs, Dr. Shwetha Rai,                                                                              played a pivotal role in introducing
      Dr. Andrew Chang, Dr. Yoon Chung, and Dr.                                                                                     implant dentistry techniques to
      Alfonse Doan.                                                                                                                 North America. The presentation was
          Additional participants included Dr. Hansel                                                                               made at the annual NYU Implant
      Gonzalez, Advanced Program for International                                                                                  Symposium in December.
      Dentists in Oral Surgery, ’10; Dr. Nicholas Zawada,                                                                           Dr. Zarb, a former professor at the
      Dr. Omoirawua Osagimwangbon, and Dr. Sarah
                                                                                                                                    University of Toronto School of
      Euksuzian, all DDS Class of 2010; and Ms. Patti Ong         Ms. Andrea Livingood, ’11; and Mr. Rob Matthews, ’11.
                                                                                                                                    Dentistry and the current editor of
      and Mr. Matthew Eppright, DDS Class of 2011.                  In addition to Dr. Nelson, Loma Linda University
                                                                                                                                    The International Journal of
          In addition to Dr. Romer and Dr. Jones, the Arizona     School of Dentistry was represented by Dr. Laura
                                                                                                                                    Prosthodontics, is a member of the
      School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s DDS participants        McCormack, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric
                                                                                                                                    Order of Canada, a distinction con-
      included Dr. Jordan Karren, ’10; Dr. Thomas Nack, ’10;      Dentistry, ’11.
                                                                                                                                    ferred by the Canadian government
                                                                                                                                    on Canadian citizens in recognition
                                                                                                                                    of “extraordinary achievements in
      SMILING FACES, GOING PLACES DENTAL VAN VISITS SAY                                                                             various fields of endeavors.”
      “THANK YOU” FOR NYC COUNCIL SUPPORT                                                                                              Named in honor of its principal
                                                                                                                                    benefactor, NYU Clinical Professor
      Since the launch of NYU’s Smiling Faces, Going Places mobile
      dental care program a decade ago, the New York City Council                                                                   of Implant Dentistry Dr. Robert
      has provided generous support to maintain the program.                                                                        Eskow, the Eskow Award recognizes
      NYUCD’s way of saying “Thank you” has been to visit Council                                                                   individuals for outstanding achieve-
      districts during health fairs and other outreach activities.
                                                                                                                                    ments and significant contributions
      This spring, the van visited Council Member Gale Brewer’s                                                                     to the science and clinical applica-
      Westside Manhattan district (right) and Council Member Oliver                                                                 tion of implant dentistry. The award carries a plaque                Dr. George Zarb and Dr. Robert Eskow
      Koppell’s Bronx district (below). Both Council Members

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                                                                                                                                    and a cash stipend.
      have been extremely strong supporters of
                                                                                                                                       In addition to Dr. Eskow, the other benefactors
      the van program.
                                                                                                                                    responsible for the Eskow award include Astra Tech,
                                                                                                                                    Inc., BioLokTM International, Inc., Hu-Friedy
                                                                                                                                    Manufacturing Company, Inc., 3i Implant Innovations,    The Eskow Award recognizes
                                                                                                                                    Inc., Nobel Biocare USA, Straumann USA, and Zimmer       individuals for outstanding
                                                                                                                                    Dental, Inc.                                            achievements and significant
                                                                                     Above: Council Member Gale Brewer, in white                                                             contributions to the science
                                                                                     jacket. Left: Council Member Oliver Koppell,
                                                                                     standing, rear.                                                                                          and clinical application of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  implant dentistry.

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      Second Annual Dean’s
      Colloquium Focuses on
      Volunteerism and Social
      Documentary Photography
                                                                                                                                                                                Top, from left: Ms. Alexis
                                                                                                                                                                                Cohen, ’11; Dr. Phil
                                                                                                                                                                                Borges; Dean Bertolami;
                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Nicholas Zawada, ’11;
      NOTED DOCUMENTARY                                                                                                                                                         Dean Terry Fulmer.
      PHOTOGRAPHER PHIL BORGES IS                                                                                                                                               Middle: Dr. Mark Feldman
                                                                                                                                                                                Bottom: Dr. Jan Linhart
      SPECIAL GUEST                                                                                                                                                             and Dr. Gary Ruth

         The Second Annual Dean’s Colloquium, hosted in
      April by Dean Bertolami, once again brought together
      major stakeholders in dental education, organ-
      ized dentistry, and the corporate sector, along
      with selected NYU officials, to address the issue of                                                          outreach suggest that prevention programs, if they are
      what the NYU College of Dentistry can do that we                                                              designed for sustainability over the long term, can do
      are not already doing to make a meaningful differ-                                                            much to dramatically decrease the incidence of caries in
      ence in people’s lives, especially people in the                                                              children in underserved communities.
      developing world.                                                                                                The second portion of the program featured Dr. Phil
         The colloquium began with a report by Dr. Mark                                                             Borges, who has documented indigenous and tribal cul-
      Feldman, Executive Director of the New York State                                                             tures around the world for over 20 years. An orthodon-
      Dental Association and former President of the                                                                tist by training, Dr. Borges left practice after taking a
      American Dental Association, on the progress to date                                                          photography course, which spurred his passion to use
      of a collaborative model designed to increase access to                                                       photography to create a heightened understanding of
      oral care by recruiting practicing dentists who are mem-                                                      issues faced by people in the developing world. The
      bers of the New York State Dental Association to join                                                         result has been a series of award-winning exhibits,
      NYUCD’s existing outreach infrastructure. The model                                                           books, and multimedia projects, including
      had been proposed at the 2009 inaugural colloquium                                                            “Bridges to Understanding,” an online
      by Stanley Bergman, Chairman and CEO of Henry                                                                 program that connects youth worldwide
      Schein, and was piloted in October 2009 in Hudson,                                                            through digital storytelling in order to
      New York, a severely medically underserved area in                                                            enhance cross-cultural understanding and
      upstate New York with funding from Dentsply.                                                                  build a sense of global citizenship in youth.
         Dr. Feldman noted that participating dentists                                                                 Dr. Borges presented photos from his
      expressed a desire to pursue additional volunteer oppor-    Top: Dr. Phil Borges                              most recent project, “Stirring the Fire,” a
                                                                  Image from Dr. Borges’s book, “Enduring Spirit”
      tunities in the future, and that data from the Hudson                                                         global movement to empower women and
                                                                                                                    girls. In addition to photographs, the project
                                                                                                                    includes a book, Women Empowered, with a

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                                                                                                                    foreword by former US Secretary of State
                                                     The second portion of the program featured                     Madeleine Albright. For more about Dr. Phil
                                                        Dr. Phil Borges, who has documented                         Borges’s vision and work, please go to
                                                      indigenous and tribal cultures around the
                                                              world for over 20 years.

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      Nursing Professor Joyce K. Anastasi
      Merges East and West to Help Chronically Ill
      Patients Manage Symptoms
                                                                                                                        inspired her belief that nurses need to lead the way in      educational tool in my life.”
      Joyce K. Anastasi, PhD,
                                                                                                                        caring for people with AIDS and forged her professional         In thinking about the direction of her research,
      DrNP, was recently named                                                                                          orientation.                                                 Dr. Anastasi looked at her patients—not only those with
      the Independence                                                                                                     Dr. Anastasi, an NYU alumna, joined the College of        AIDS, but with other chronic illnesses—and saw that
      Foundation Professor of                                                                                           Nursing faculty in 2009. She came to NYU from                many were seeking non-invasive ways to manage chronic
      Nursing and Founding                                                                                              Columbia University, where she was a faculty member          symptoms and medication side effects. Her first
      Director of the Division of                                                                                       for 17 years, teaching thousands of nurses, serving on       National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded work was a
      Special Studies in                                                                                                numerous committees and boards, and directing the            study that used a combined dietary and behavioral
      Symptom Management at                                                                                             Center for AIDS Research.                                    intervention to manage chronic diarrhea in patients
      the NYU College of                                                                                                                                                             with HIV. The results of that study have led to care
      Nursing. The Division’s                                                                                           FIGHTING THE STIGMA AND THE                                  protocols that are used in hospitals today.
                                                                                                                        SYMPTOMS OF AIDS                                                Caring for hundreds of people with AIDS, Dr. Anastasi
      aim is to provide a com-
                                                                                                                           During the 1980s, as the AIDS crisis grew, Dr.            increasingly heard reports that acupuncture had worked
      prehensive site for multi-
                                                                                                                        Anastasi worked as a clinical nurse specialist at Bellevue   for them. “At first I told them: As long as it’s working,
      disciplinary scientific
                                                                                                                        Hospital Center, which had one of the city’s first AIDS      you’re going to someone licensed, and it doesn’t inter-
      inquiry, clinical research,                                                                                       units. Paramount among the nurses’ duties was to work        fere with your medication, who am I to say no?”
      and education in the area                                                                                         with a multidisciplinary team to ensure that patients           But a turning point in her interest in alternative thera-
      of symptom management.                                                                                            who went home after suffering serious opportunistic          pies came in 1994 when a friend who is a nutritionist
      Dr. Anastasi is one of the                                                                                        infections like pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP)         and is Chinese took her to a Chinese medicine practi-
      country’s leading nurse                                                                                           continued to receive the care they needed—whether it         tioner. She was so intrigued by the treatment methods
      scientists in the area of                                                                                         was housing, homecare, or even help talking to their         used by the practitioner
      symptom management for individuals living with                                                                    landlords as they began receiving large shipments of         and about the possibilities
                                                              As a doctoral student in the 1980s, Joyce K. Anastasi
      chronic conditions, including those suffering from                                                                medication.                                                  that traditional Chinese
                                                           worked as a registered nurse to support her graduate
                                                                                                                           “There was so much stigma—we sometimes lose sight         medicine could offer to
      HIV/AIDS and its sequelae. Dr. Anastasi brings       studies. She was assigned to Tim, a banker in his late
                                                                                                                        of this now,” she says.                                      her patients that Dr.
      extraordinary resources to the NYUCD/NYUCN           20s. She knew little about him, but the isolation cart
                                                                                                                           From Bellevue, Dr. Anastasi was recruited to St. Luke’s   Anastasi immediately
      alliance and specifically, to an area that comple-   outside his room with a meal tray announced that he
                                                                                                                        Roosevelt Medical Center to help design a designated         enrolled in a three-year
      ments the professional focus of Dr. Brian Schmidt,   had scant human contact. Dr. Anastasi could not imagine
                                                                                                                        AIDS center—one of the first under the auspices of the       course in acupuncture at
      the newly appointed Director of the Bluestone        what his illness was, but it soon became clear.
                                                                                                                        AIDS Institute of the New York City Department of            the New York College of
                                                              At the time, AIDS was not yet considered an epidemic,
      Center for Clinical Research, who specializes                                                                     Health. In 1992, with her first doctoral degree completed,   Health Professions, while
                                                           but it was very much present in New York City’s health-
      in symptom management and care of patients                                                                        she was recruited by Columbia to develop a graduate          carrying a full teaching
                                                           care system. According to Dr. Anastasi, Tim’s face
      suffering from oral cancer (see story on p. 64).                                                                  nursing specialty program in HIV—one of the first in         load and conducting
                                                           expressed his fear: fear that he wouldn’t be visited, that
                                                                                                                        the country.                                                 research.
                                                           he wouldn’t live, that he might have to disclose to his
                                                                                                                           Although HIV care was improving rapidly, many hos-           Throughout the course,
                                                           family that he was gay.
                                                                                                                        pitals around the country did not have the financial or      Dr. Anastasi continually
                                                              “I became his confidante,” she says, “and I learned
                                                                                                                        human resources to handle their growing cases. With a        sought out research on
                                                           right away that in addition to what we think of as
                                                                                                                        grant from the Pfizer Foundation, Dr. Anastasi devel-        acupuncture, but few
                                                           nursing care, he needed emotional care, family support,
                                                                                                                        oped an award-winning interactive video that was used        gold-standard studies had
                                                           advocacy, help coping with stigma.”
                                                                                                                        widely to educate healthcare professionals and destig-       been conducted, at least
                                                              Dr. Anastasi dedicated her dissertation to Tim, who
                                                                                                                        matize the illness. Former U.S. Surgeon General C.           in the United States. At
                                                           died before his illness was named “HIV.” His situation
                                                                                                                        Everett Koop was quoted saying, “I’ve never seen a better    one point, she hired a
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                                                                                                                                 NYUCD Students Lead Fifth
                                                                                                                                 Annual NYC Oral Cancer Walk
                                                                       “Designing acupuncture research studies can be chal-         The annual New York City Oral Cancer Walk, now in its fifth year,
                                                                    lenging because specific treatment protocols, in terms of    was once again led by NYUCD students, who initiated the walk in
                                                                    acupuncture point selection or number of treatment ses-      2006 to raise awareness of a disease that kills over 7,000 American
                                                                    sions, may not be the best approach for all patients. In     men and women each year. From its inception, the students have been
                                                                    my current studies, my team and I have tried to use a        mentored by Dr. Ross Kerr, Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial
                                                                    real-world approach while maintaining the rigors of a        Pathology, Radiology & Oral Medicine, and have benefited from the
                                                                    randomized clinical trial,” Dr. Anastasi says. “For exam-    guidance and organizational support of Brian Hill, Founder and
                                                                    ple, the decision of which acupuncture points or which       Director of the Oral Cancer Foundation. As in past years, the walk
                                                                    herbal formula to use for HIV or for diarrhea is compli-     route went through Harlem to call attention to the fact that oral cancer
                          translator to translate Chinese studies   cated and requires integrating a patient’s whole profile     disproportionately affects African-American men, who have the highest
      into English. Yet her goal of testing the efficacy, safety,   to develop the optimal treatment plan.”                      rates of oral cancer in the country.
      and usage practices of traditional Chinese medicine              Integrating Eastern and Western health care in teach-        In addition to students from the NYU chapter of the Student
      (TCM) within the structure of a randomized controlled         ing is also challenging, yet increasingly important as the   National Dental Association (SNDA), organizers and participants
      clinical trial was significantly hampered by a lack of        line separating these very different approaches grows        included students from other SNDA chapters, and NYU dental hygiene
      funding for this kind of research.                            thinner. On a recent trip to Hong Kong, Dr. Anastasi         and nursing students, in partnership with the Harlem Hospital Center,
                                                                    noticed that nurses there are more likely to integrate the   the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, NYU College of Dentistry,
      BREAKING GROUND                                               two worlds at the bedside. And even in the United            Columbia University, and Renaissance Healthcare Network.
         In 1999, Dr. Anastasi received one of the largest,         States, the nursing profession is moving toward a greater       A highlight of the event was the participation of As the World Turns
      single-center research grants for acupuncture that had        openness to studying Eastern ideas. State nursing exams      star Colleen Zenk Pinter, who has survived two bouts of oral cancer
      been granted by the NIH. She was awarded a $2.1               now include questions about supplements, and thou-           and who challenged students to become oral cancer activists.
      million grant to test acupuncture and moxibustion for         sands of people are taking supplements such as ginkgo           “As the future front-line specialists in screening for and detecting
      chronic diarrhea in persons with HIV in a randomized          biloba, glucosamine chondroitin, echinacea, or milk          oral cancer at its earliest, most curable stages,” said Ms. Pinter, “you
      controlled trial. (Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese       thistle.                                                     have the ability to save lives. I hope that you will claim that responsi-
      treatment in which pulverized mugwort leaf, or Artemisia         “It’s important for nurses today to understand the        bility and make it your passion.”
      vulgaris, is compressed into a cigar-shaped cylinder, lit,    impact of the substances their patients are already tak-
      and held over acupuncture points.) The knowledge and          ing—to help patients understand why they’re taking

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      experience gained from this trial served as a model for       them, the risks, the side effects, and potential benefits.        The annual New York City Oral Cancer
      her future research.                                          For example, nurses need to be aware of supplements             Walk, now in its fifth year, was once again
         To date, Dr. Anastasi’s most significant findings have     that can affect bleeding time in terms of coagulation,          led by NYUCD students, who initiated the
      been that acupuncture is a promising option for manag-        especially for patients undergoing surgical procedures,”            walk in 2006 to raise awareness of a
      ing gastrointestinal disorders such as nausea and non-        Dr. Anastasi says. “We teach students to search for the            disease that kills over 7,000 American
      pathogenic diarrhea—that is, diarrhea caused by side          evidence, and the availability or lack of availability of
      effects of medication rather than from a viral or bacteri-
                                                                                                                                             men and women each year.
                                                                    evidence is great fodder for classroom discussion.”
      al source. In the decade since this study began, the use         Dr. Anastasi maintains a private practice in women’s
      of acupuncture for nausea, even pregnancy-related nau-        health, and many patients see her for treatment for
      sea, has steadily increased. Dr. Anastasi is one of only a    infertility. She is decidedly unique on the NYU faculty,
      few scientists testing the use of moxibustion—which in        having two doctoral degrees (a PhD and DrNP) and
      TCM is considered another form of acupuncture, using          licensure in traditional Chinese medicine. Smiling, she
      the warming qualities of the lit herb instead of, or in       says, “That’s the yin and yang of my career.”                                                                                            Top: Dr. Ross Kerr;
      combination with, needles to stimulate acupuncture                                                                                                                                                     Oral Cancer Walk participants
                                                                                             —BARBARA KANCELBAUM

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      Regional Conference Gives Undergraduate Advisors
      Inside Look at Dental School Admissions Process

         Who should apply to dental                                     dentistry, and the significance that dental school
      school? According to NYUCD’s                                      admissions directors place on seeking applicants
      Director of Admissions, Dr.                                       with those qualities.”
      Eugenia E. Mejia, that question                                      Two speakers representing the American Dental
      is as important as “How does                                      Education Association—Dr. David Brunson,
      one get into dental school?”                                      Director of Program Services for the Center for
         Often, says Dr. Mejia,                                         Equity & Diversity, and Dr. Anne Wells,
      advisors don’t know about the                                     Executive Associate Director of the Division of
      skills and interests common                                       Educational Pathways—emphasized the
      to people with an aptitude for                                    importance of encouraging minority students
      dentistry, such as a preference                                   to pursue careers in dentistry. Speakers
      for working autonomously,                                         from NYUCD included Dean Bertolami;
      an interest in science, an                                        Dr. Richard I. Vogel, Executive Vice
      ability to excel in artistic,                                     Dean; Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Associate
      esthetic, and creative endeav-                                    Dean for Academic Affairs; and Dr.
      ors, and a penchant for fixing things.                            Anthony Palatta, Assistant Dean for
         To address these issues, Dr. Mejia and Ms. Madina J. Bhatti,   Student Affairs & Admissions.
      NYUCD Student Affairs Administrator, brought 25                       “The conference was a great opportu-
      undergraduate advisors from 25                                    nity to talk about our programs, our
      northeast colleges and univer-                                    challenges, and our aspirations,” Dr.
      sities to NYUCD on April 23,                                      Elaine Davis and Dr. David Brown,
      2010, to meet with admissions                                     Co-Directors of Admissions for the State
      directors from seven of the                                       University of New York at Buffalo School
      region’s dental schools.                                          of Dental Medicine, wrote in a post-con-
          “The admissions directors                                     ference thank-you letter to Dr. Mejia and
      described the qualities they seek                                 Ms. Bhatti.
      in applicants and offered insight                                    The other dental schools represented at the con-
      into the admissions process,” Dr.                                 ference were Boston University Goldman School of
      Mejia said.                                                       Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Dental
         “All too often,” she added,                                    Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Dental
      “college counselors assume that                                   Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of
      students who express an interest in                               New Jersey-New Jersey Dental School, and
      helping others are automatically cut                              University of Pennsylvania School of Dental
      out for a career in medicine. We want-                            Medicine.
      ed to alert them to characteristics that
      suggest an ability to succeed in

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      NYUCD and ABC7 Celebrate                                                   Neighborhood Children, ADA Officers,
      25 Years of Free Oral Health                                               Industry Sponsors Welcomed at
      Screenings                                                                 Annual Give Kids A Smile® Day
         From March 30 through April 1, 2010, NYUCD and ABC7 celebrated             For the eighth consecutive year, NYUCD opened its
      25 years of bringing free oral health screenings to New Yorkers of all     pediatric dentistry resources to hundreds of neighbor-
      ages. Over the course of the three days, more than 2,000 adults and        hood children, plus American Dental Association
      children received free dental screenings (and oral cancer screenings for   (ADA) officials and industry sponsors of the annual
      adults), vouchers for free comprehensive examinations and polishings,      Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) celebration.
      free dental sealants and custom-made mouth guards (for children and           GKAS was created to highlight the ongoing chal-
      adolescents), free diabetes and blood pressure screenings, and free        lenges that underserved children face in accessing oral
      toothbrushes and other personal oral hygiene products. In addition,        health care, and to build support among policymakers
      children ages 6 months to 10 years received a “healthy                     for public and private solutions that provide regular
      smiles” teddy bear commemorating their visit.                              access.
         As in previous years, ABC7 promoted the screen-                            At NYUCD, children arrived throughout the day for
      ings vigorously on the air, including broadcasting a                       dental treatment, screenings, and education, including
      story about screening for diabetes in dental offices—                      career information about what it’s like to be a dentist.
      the story featured NYU College of Dentistry and                            The 2010 event at NYU also brought a special treat for
      College of Nursing faculty. Once again, ABC7                               the visiting children, all of whom received a
      meteorologist Lee Goldberg served as the station’s                         “healthy smiles” teddy bear. Nationwide, over
      spokesperson for the event.                                                50,000 dentists and other volunteers partici-
         “A 25th anniversary is always a major event,” said                      pated in providing free dental care for over
      Dean Bertolami, “and this anniversary celebrating the                      30,000 youngsters.
      extraordinary partnership between NYUCD and ABC7 is                           In addition to ADA officials, including
      cause for special celebration. This year the free screenings               ADA President Ron Tankersley, guests
      drew nearly twice as many New Yorkers as last year,                        included representatives of Henry Schein
      underscoring the immense need of our community for                         Dental, the founding exclusive professional
      essential health services. NYUCD looks                                     product sponsor of GKAS, along with rep-
      forward to the next 25 years of partner-                                   resentatives from cosponsors DEXIS
      ing with ABC7 to offer as much care as                                     Digital X-ray, the Colgate-Palmolive
      possible to our fellow New Yorkers.”                                       Company, and regional consultant

                                                                                    Dean Bertolami congratulated the
                                                                                 GKAS sponsors and volunteers and
                                                                                 added, “Wonderful as GKAS is, what today really
        “The free screenings drew
                                                                                 should be about goes beyond giving care on this
          nearly twice as many                                                   day only. It should be about focusing a very
        New Yorkers as last year,                                                bright spotlight on healthcare disparities in our
            underscoring the                                                     country. That is a goal we can all rally around.”
          immense need of our
         community for essential
            health services.”

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      NYUCD Students Lobby Legislators to Advance                                                                                    NYUCD Hosts Oral Health America’s Smiles
      Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Program Objectives                                                                                 Across America
                                                                                             Another student outreach initia-
                                                                                                                                        Oral Health America’s (OHAs) Smiles Across America®                 clinical ‘real-world’ experience in treating children.”
                                                                                          tive came in the form of a letter
                                                                                                                                     partnership with NYUCD supports in-school oral health                      OHA provides financial support, technical assistance,
                                                                                          written by Dr. Corey Corpodian,
                                                                                                                                     services, community outreach training for dental and                   and donated dental products to the program. Professor
                                                                                          Class of 2010, to New York State
                                                                                                                                     nursing students, and a dental home at NYUCD for                       Jill Fernandez, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric
                                                                                          Senator Liz Krueger about MTCP’s
                                                                                                                                     follow-up visits and restorative care.                                 Dentistry and Director of Pediatric Dentistry Outreach
                                                                                          role in training dental students on
                                                                                                                                        Tony Stefanou, DMD, OHA’s Assistant Director of                     Programs at NYUCD, oversees the program, and vali-
                                                                                          patient tobacco use and depend-
                                                                                                                                     External Relations, recently visited P.S. 15 in Manhattan              dates its success.
                                                                                          ence. Dr. Corpodian wrote: “MTCP
                                                                                                                                     to see the program firsthand. The elementary school                       “For many of these children this may be their first visit
                                                                                          has been a great resource for dental
                                                                                                                                     students were treated in two mobile dental stations by                 to a dentist,” she said. “Setting up portable dental equip-
                                                                                          students at New York University
                                                                                                                                     second-year dental students under the supervision of                   ment within the school proves to be a ‘win-win’ for both
                                                                                          College of Dentistry. It has helped
                                                                                                                                     NYUCD’s Dr. Josh C. Treesh.                                            teacher and child with minimal time out of the class-
                                                                                          us by providing the training and
                                                                                                                                        “I was very impressed with how well the program                     room and a non-threatening environment for the child
                                                                                          education needed to treat patients
                                                                                                                                     operated,” said Dr. Stefanou. “This is a positive situation            to receive care.”
                                                                                          interested in smoking cessation.” He
                                                                                          added that “With the help of MTCP,         for everyone as the children get their dental needs taken
                                                                                          our patients can now lead healthier        care of, and the dental school students gain valuable                  Reprinted with permission of Oral Health America.

      From left, Ms Diana Zraik, MTCP Program Coordinator; Dr. Morey Gendler; Dr. Corey   lives. I believe it is important to sup-
      Corpodian, 10; Mr. Chintan Patel, ‘11.                                              port this program, which has the
                                                                                          potential to help many more
         Since 2007, the NYU College of Dentistry has been the home of the
      Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Program (MTCP), one of nineteen cessation
                                                                                             Dr. Morey Gendler, Clinical
      centers funded by the New York State Tobacco Control Program. MTCP
                                                                                          Assistant Professor of Cariology and
      partners with Manhattan-based hospitals, healthcare organizations, and
                                                                                          Comprehensive Care and a GPD,
      community clinics to provide training and technical assistance to healthcare
                                                                                          has been particularly supportive of
      providers in tobacco-related policies; implements documentation system
                                                                                          the efforts of MTCP and NYUCD
      changes for the screening and treatment of patients; and encourages health-
                                                                                          students to send the message that
      care professionals to utilize tobacco cessation tools like the New York State
                                                                                          healthcare providers are integral to
                                                                                          efforts to help patients quit smok-
         By working closely with Group Practice Directors (GPDs) at NYUCD,
                                                                                          ing. When asked what the partner-
      MTCP staff have established strong relationships with dental students,
                                                                                          ship with MTCP has brought to the
      whom they have guided in writing letters to newspaper editors, communi-
                                                                                          NYUCD educational experience, Dr.
      cating with New York State representatives, and visiting legislators in person
                                                                                          Gendler said that it is now “integrat-
      to educate them about New York’s tobacco control efforts.
                                                                                          ed into the student’s education.
         During the spring of 2010, third-year dental student Chintan Patel accom-
                                                                                          Moreover, the value of these stu-
      panied MTCP Program Coordinator Diana Zraik on a visit to New York
                                                                                          dent-led legislative outreaches will
      Senator Tom Duane’s district office to inform the senator about the impact
                                                                                          have long-lasting effects on the com-
      that budget cuts would have on smoking cessation resources available to
                                                                                          munity, as students leverage the
      New Yorkers. With assistance from local lobbying branches of the American
                                                                                          skills they learn to educate their
      Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and the American Heart
                                                                                          future patients about tobacco use.”
      Association, the NYUCD/MTCP representatives were also able to illustrate
                                                                                                                                     From left: Mr. Stefanou, Dr. Treesch, Edward Chu and Premjeet Brar, both Class of 2011.
      how state tobacco control initiatives have played a vital role in the commu-
      nities where they have been implemented.

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      Second Annual Collaborative Pediatric Dentistry–                                                                                   New Special Patient Needs Program
      Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Case Presentation                                                                                     Offers Increased Access to Care
         For the past several years, as a result of the alliance      identified a patient with ventricular septal defect—a                                                                       NYUCD will expand services to people with developmental
      between the NYU College of Dentistry and the NYU                defect in the heart valves—and presented the case with                                                                   disabilities, complex medical problems, and other significant
      College of Nursing, students enrolled in the College of         Ms. Katie Shaw and Ms. Tashea Gallimore, both PNP                                                                        physical limitations with the opening in September 2010 of a
      Nursing’s Advanced Practice Nursing Program in                  students.                                                                                                                new, seven-chair Special Patient Needs pilot program under
      pediatrics, which prepares registered nurses to become             The second case—autism spectrum disorder—was                                                                          the direction of Dr. Miriam R. Robbins, Clinical Associate
      pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), have studied              identified by Dr. Nathalia Escossia and copresented with                                                                 Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Oral &
      pediatric oral health as a formal part of their curriculum.     PNP program students Ms. Karyn Cherwinski and Ms.                                                                        Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine.
         The fruits of this collaboration were in evidence            Erin Leech.                                                                                                                 The new program represents a significant expansion of
      recently at the Second Annual Collaborative Case                   “For these children,” said Professor Fernandez, “the                                                                  the space dedicated to special-needs patients, who were previ-
      Presentation by pediatric dentistry and pediatric nurse         medications they take to control their medical condi-                                                                    ously treated in a two-chair facility.
      practitioner students. The presentation was moderated           tions can have important consequences for their oral                                                                        “With the opening of this new facility,” Dr. Robbins said,
      by Dr. Neal G. Herman, Clinical Professor of Pediatric          health, which, until now, have not been a focus of the                                                                   “we will have 70 weekly appointment slots available for
      Dentistry, and co-moderated by Dr. Donna Hallas,                PNP curriculum.                                                                                                          special-needs patients, who traditionally have very limited
      Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing and coordinator            “With the new focus on oral health in the training of                                                                 access to dental care, as well as additional appointment times
      of the PNP program. Dr. Lily Lim, Clinical Assistant            PNPs,” added Professor Fernandez, “we are optimistic                                                                     for other patients requiring oral mucosal disease and orofacial
      Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Director of the            that there will be more opportunities for children’s oral                                                                pain treatment.”
      Advanced Program in Pediatric Dentistry for Inter-              health to be integrated into their overall diagnoses and                                                                    The program is mandatory for all fourth-year students, who
      national Dentists, was the presentation coordinator, and        treatment plans.”                                                                                                        must also complete a series of didactic courses designed to
      Ms. Jill B. Fernandez,                                                                                                                                                                   provide them with the skills needed to treat special needs
      Clinical Associate Professor                                                                                                                                                             patients and to counsel these patients on overcoming barriers
      of Pediatric Dentistry and                                                                                                                                                               to maintaining good oral health. “Because special needs
      Director of the Pediatric                                                                                                          Dr. Miriam Robbins
                                                                                                                                                                    patients have difficulty with routine oral hygiene,” Dr. Robbins explained, “they are at
      Dentistry Outreach                                                                                                                                            a high risk for gingivitis, periodontitis, and dental caries.”
      Program, served as co-                                                                                                                                           Dr. Robbins is partnering with the New York State Office of Mental Retardation
      coordinator for the presen-                                                                                                                                   and Developmental Disability and with United Cerebral Palsy and other nonprofit
      tation, which drew more                                                                                                                                       organizations to identify patients who qualify for the new program’s services.
      than 50 attendees from the
      pediatric dentistry program
      and the PNP program.
         Two students in the
      Advanced Program in

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      Pediatric Dentistry for
      International Dentists                                                                                                                                   “Because special-needs patients have difficulty
      identified medically com-                                                                                                                                   with routine oral hygiene,” Dr. Robbins
      promised pediatric dentistry
                                                                                                                                                              explained, “they are at a high risk for gingivitis,
      patients with multiple
      caries, whose treatment
                                                                                                                                                                      periodontitis, and dental caries.”
      plans were presented and
      discussed. Dr. Shereen Riad
                                     From left: Dr. Donna Hallas, Ms. Erin Leech, Ms. Tashea Gallimore, Ms. Karyn Cherwinski, Dr. Neal
                                     Herman (back row), Ms Katherine Shaw, Dr. Nathalia Escossia, Dr. Shereen Nagy Riad, and Professor
                                     Jill Fernandez.

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