Alexander Bendayan PROS 05 was appointed ad interim chair of the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), effective January 1, 2020. Dr. Bendayan, who is the School’s assistant dean for digital dentistry development and clinical training, succeeds Dr. Dan Nathanson, who retired in December 2019 after 22 years as department chair.
As ad interim chair, Dr. Bendayan will serve as the direct link between the dean, the Executive Committee, and the teaching and support staffs of their respective departments. He will also be responsible for collaborating with the director and clinical director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics as well as the clinical director of the Certificate programs of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Operative Dentistry and Digital Dentistry on all aspects of the didactic, clinical and research components of the programs. While serving as ad interim chair, Dr. Bendayan will continue in his role as assistant dean of digital dentistry development and clinical training.
Dr. Bendayan earned a DDS from the Central University of Venezuela School of Dental Medicine in Caracas in 2000. In 2005, he completed a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Prosthodontics at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and then was appointed clinical instructor in general dentistry at the School. He was promoted to clinical assistant professor in 2006, and was promoted again in 2012 to clinical associate professor. From 2015 to 2017, he served as the clinical director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics in the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials; in April 2017, he was appointed to the newly established position of assistant dean for digital dentistry development and clinical training.
Since he first came to GSDM as a postdoctoral resident, Dr. Bendayan has demonstrated a deep and unwavering commitment to delivering excellent dental education and patient care, while continuing to explore and implement the innovations in dental technology. He has received recognition for his expertise and achievements in cutting-edge digital technology. In 2011, he was awarded Best Faculty Poster during the John McCahan Education Day, and in 2014 received the Best Educator Award at the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics annual meeting, as well as appreciation awards from the GSDM Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics Classes of 2016 and 2017. In May 2017, he was presented the Spencer N. Frankl Award for Excellence in Teaching at GSDM’s Commencement Convocation.
Dr. Bendayan’s commitment to the profession extends beyond the School’s campus, as he is actively involved in many regional and national dental professional organizations, including the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association, the International College of Dentists, and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, among others. He also holds membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and is a fellow of the International College of Dentists.