Events Calendar

Dr. Alexis Cohen, a 2ndyear pediatric dentistry resident, is one of two winners of the winter cycle American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Resident Recognition Award.  The award recognizes pediatric dental residents doing innovative and interesting activities in the field of patient care, research, teaching/education, and/or community service.  Originality of activities, evidence of time commitment and significance of service to others were the main factors considered when nominations were reviewed.

In recognition of her achievement, she will receive a $200 check, be featured on the AAPD website and in Pediatric Dentistry Today (PDT), and be presented with a certificate during the awards ceremony at the AAPD Annual Session in Seattle May 21 – 24, 2015.  Congratulations!


See a great show for a great cause!  Dr. Anthony Clapcich (Director of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Columbia University) and his band The Prescriptions will be playing with Grammy-nominated artist Lisa Loeb at the world famous BB King’s Blues Club on Saturday March 28, 2015.  The goal is to raise money for his nephew’s 501(c)(3) organization, The Michael Clapcich Fund for CblC Research.  Tax-deductible tickets are $50, and VIP tables for 4 are available including the best seats in the house, T-shirts, free drinks, and dessert for only $1,500.   See complete details of the concert on The Fund’s Upcoming Events page -  You may purchase tickets on the Fund’s Donations page (, as well as on the BB King website.  Buy tickets on the Fund’s website to get a tax document indicating a donation to a 501(c)(3), avoid extra fees, and arrange to sit with friends, family, and co-workers.  Help to support important research as well as a colleague.  A spectacular night of music, drinks, and fun is in store! Doors open at 6PM and the show starts at 8PM.


Dr. Shantanu Lal, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC) is presenting a Pediatric Dentistry Technology Symposium 4 credit CE course on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 9am to 1pm at Columbia University Medical Center Alumni Auditorium, 622 West 168th Street, New York, NY.  The course is in association with the New York State Association of Pediatric Dentists.  His topic is "Emerging Concepts, Technology, and Products in Pediatric Dentistry".  Technology will be used with more frequency in the dental health field. The registration fee is $225 for CDM Alumni, and NYSAPD members receive a 10% discount with membership number.  This is the link for more information and to register -


Dr. Steven Chussid, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC) who is also Chair of the Section of Growth & Development and Director of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, was interviewed in WebMD Magazine.  The subject is taking care of one’s teeth during the holiday season.  This is a link to the website -  The particular article in which he is interviewed is on page 17 of the November/December 2014 issue.


Guest Lecture on Friday, 10/31/14 from 8:30am to 4pm in VC9-215 for all orthodontic postgraduate students and faculty.  Giorgio Fiorelli, MD, DDS, will lecture on the "Rationale of Orthodontic Treatment Planning & Mechanics Design". The seminar will help the orthodontist to realize a solution for difficult cases in adult patients where standard orthodontic appliance are often ineffective, and to resolve other problems such as midline and deep bite contemporaneous correction, asymmetrical arch expansion, buccal displacement of lower incisors by translation, molar uprighting and intrusion, intrusion and others.

Dr. Fiorelli is faculty of the Orthodontic Department, University of Siena (Italy) and he is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.  Dr. Fiorelli is a renowned expert in Biomechanics.  The seminar will help attendees to understand when and why a standard edgewise appliance is limited as well as improve ability to modify an appliance according to the specific needs of the patient.


Dr. Grace Kim, a 2nd Year Postgraduate Orthodontics student, participated in the Student Scholar Presentations during the October 29, 2014 Columbia Visiting Professor Program:  Contemporary Issues in Dentistry, featuring Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Kim's presentation was, "Personalized Medicine:  What Does it Mean for Healthcare Professionals?".  Dr. Kim's faculty mentor is Jing Chen, DDS, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC) and Director, Postdoctoral Orthodontics Program.


Welcome to the 7/1/14 postdoctoral students/residents.

Orthodontics:  Dr. Victor Chiang, Dr. Mildred C. Embree, Dr. Heather Kunen, Dr. Imad Maleeh, Dr. Todor Stavrev, Dr. Megan A. Wong, Dr. Fabia Younus

Pediatric Dentistry: Dr. Evan Cyrkin, Dr. Kimberli de Brito Leal, Dr. Alexandra S. Delfiner, Dr. Keren Etzion, Dr. Rona Kushnir


Congratulations to the postdoctoral/residency 2014 graduating classes.

Orthodontics:  Dr. Junginn Choi, Dr. Eric Frank, Dr. June Harewood, Dr. Daniel Hulme, Dr. Sam Polan, Dr. Ilona Polur Rossignol, Dr. Noel Sint

Pediatric Dentistry:  Dr. Emmanuel Acheampong, Dr. Cecilia Kolstad, Dr. Aaron Myers, Dr. Lisa Van Eyndhoven, Dr. Kim Whippy


Congratulations to Dr. Shantanu Lal, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC) in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Director of the Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Program.  Provost John Coatsworth announced that the Columbia University President’s Global Innovation Fund has awarded the IFAP Global Health Program a grant in support of its CUMC 4-School (College of Dental Medicine, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Mailman School of Public Health, and School of Nursing) application entitled the “Children’s Global Oral Health Initiative:  An Adaptable Interdisciplinary Model for Chronic Health Care Management and Health Promotion.”   There were 53 proposals, of which 13 were funded.

Dr. Lal will serve as co- principal investigator with Stephen W. Nicholas, M.D. of P&S.  Co-investigators will include faculty from all 4 schools, including Dr. Carol Kunzel of CDM.  This project will support telehealth projects over the next three years in Nairobi, Kenya (focus on children with HIV/AIDS); Beijing, China (focus on cancer detection and smoking cessation); and Amman, Jordan (focus on children with obesity, diabetes, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease).   The project sites, which will support scholarly activities for multi-disciplinary teams of faculty and students, will work cooperatively with the Columbia Global Center in each respective city.

Dr. Lal, who conducted a “proof of concept” exercise in Nairobi this past January, will be returning next month with a team of faculty and students to begin shaping the first phase of this  important project.


Orthodontic and Pediatric Dentistry faculty, postgraduate students, and residents participated in the 57th Birnberg Research Program on April 2nd and 3rd, 2014, as mentors and/or co-authors of abstracts.  Please click here for a description of the program -, and click here for photos of the events -

Participants were:

Dr. Emmanuel Acheampong, 2nd year Pediatric Dentistry Resident

Dr. Jing Chen, Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC) and Director, Postdoctoral Program in Orthodontics

Dr. Steven Chussid, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC), Chair, Section of Growth and Development, and Director, Division of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Cecilia Kolstad, 2nd year Pediatric Dentistry Resident

Dr. Shantanu Lal, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC) and Director, Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Program

Dr. Aaron G. Myers, 2nd year Pediatric Dentistry Resident

Dr. Ilona Polur Rossignol, 3rd year Postgraduate Orthodontic Student

Dr. Lisa H. Van Eyndhoven, 2nd year Pediatric Dentistry Resident

Dr. Sunil Wadhwa, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine and Director, Division of Orthodontics

Dr. Kimberly Whippy, 2nd year Pediatric Dentistry Resident

Dr. Manshan Xu, Associate Research Scientist, Division of Orthodontics

Dr. Richard K. Yoon, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC) and Director, Residency in Pediatric Dentistry Program


All Alumni - please remember to update your contact information when it changes so we can stay in touch with you.  This is a link to update your contact information -  For "Class", please enter both your year of CDM graduation (if applicable) and your year of postgraduate program graduation.  For example, CDM 2010, Ortho 2013 or CDM 2010, Peds 2012.

Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Reception will be held during the AAPD Annual Session on Saturday, May 24, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.  To register, go to

Orthodontic Alumni Reception will be held during the AAO Annual Session on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.  To register, go to

Dr. Kelly Walk, a 2013 graduate of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, is a recipient of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award.  Dr. Walk's score on the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry's May 2013 Qualifying Examination was in the top 3% of all candidates completing the exam.

Dr. Aditya Chhibber, Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC) in the Division of Orthodontics, recently became Board Certified and had three of his cases selected for the American Board of Orthodontists case display.

March 20, 2014 - Young Alumni/Resident Networking event from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

March 7, 2014 - All Ortho Alumni and friends, please plan to join us at Columbia University Club, 15 West 43rd St, New York City, for the Thomas J. Cangialosi Annual Orthodontic Alumni Spring Meeting on Friday, March 7th .  The exciting program will focus on "Two Modalities for Correcting Class II Malocclusions". Please click the link to register -

Dr. Shamik Desai, a 2nd year Post Graduate Orthodontics student, is the recipient of the Olav Alvares Award for Best Article Published in the Journal of Dental Education in 2013 by a Junior Scholar.  His article, written with other authors when he was a  student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, is “Perceptions and Practices of U.S. Dental Schools Regarding Curriculum Integrated Format and Traditional Format Licensure Exams”.  This is a link to the article -

Dr. Kim Whippy, 2nd year Pediatric Dentistry Resident, recently completed a global health mission to Guatemala.  Please click here to to download a PDF file presentation of the trip.

Dr. Erica Pitera, a 1st year pediatric dentistry resident, recently appeared on the Dr. Oz Show where she showcased her molar shaped cupcakes! Please follow the link for more information and also to view the segment -

January 27, 2014 - match results for residency program in pediatric dentistry.

December 4, 2013 - match results for postgraduate program in orthodontics.

October 1, 2013 - application deadline for both the Postdoctoral M.S. Degree in Orthodontics Program and Residency Program for Pediatric Dentistry for July 1, 2014 entry.

September 18, 2013 - Rally for Medical Research Hill Day

To register and make your voice heard in Washington, please click here:

From Ross A. Frommer, Associate Dean for Government & Community Affairs (212) 305-4967

I invite you to participate in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day. On Wednesday, September 18th, 2013, a broad coalition of medical research advocates will gather in Washington to urge Congress to make funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority. This advocacy day follows up on the April rally at which thousands of patients, clinicians, and researchers came together to make their voices heard in support of the NIH. Several dozen Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) faculty, staff, students, and friends participated in the rally.

You are no doubt aware that this is a very difficult time for biomedical research in the United States. Sequestration has already cut NIH extramural funding by 5.7% and the situation could worsen next year. We have to make sure that Congress and others understand how devastating these cuts are and what they will mean for our nation's health, economy, and status as a world leader in research.

Hill Day participants will team up with other advocates to meet with Members of Congress and key staff. Rally organizers will put together the teams and arrange the meetings. To participate, you simply need to register at the link below. Those attending also are invited to a reception for advocates the evening before and a training session and briefing the morning of the rally. You will be done in time to get back to the New York City area Wednesday night.

There is no cost to participate in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day; however, you are responsible for your own travel costs. If there is a large enough group from CUMC, we can look into coordinating transportation. Please note that this could be considered lobbying so you may not use government grant funds to pay these costs.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information. Thank you.



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