Dean Martin Davis retired as Senior Associate Dean as of December 31, 2012, ending 42 years at CDM. Holding a BA from Yale, Dr. Davis earned his DDS in 1974, and his postdoctoral certificate in pediatrics the following year, both at Columbia, where he spent his entire career. After accepting a junior faculty position in Pediatric Dentistry in 1975, he soon rose to become Division Director, a position he held for more than two decades.His subsequent leadership responsibilities in the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs included overseeing admissions, financial aid, career counseling, academic advising and alumni affairs.
A past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), he serves as a trustee and is a past-president of the American Society of Dentistry for Children (ASDC}, the AAPD Education Foundation, and the William J. Gies Foundation of the American Dental Education Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, AAPD, and ASDC, and a past chair of the American Dental Education Association Section for Development, Alumni Affairs, and Public Relations. Dr. Davis has published more than 65 articles and textbook chapters, and has presented papers at numerous national and international symposia.
In announcing the retirement, Interim Dean Ronnie Myers said that CDM has had “no greater or more dedicated individual. During the course of his tenure here at CDM, whenever asked, Dr. Davis delivered. There are not many hats that he hasn’t worn. Most importantly, I believe every student over the past four decades can honestly say that Dr. Martin Davis has been there for them whenever they needed him, and was a person who advocated for their needs in the fairest possible way.”