GSDM faculty helps Maine abolish wait times for pediatric dentistry patients

One day, pediatric dentist Jonathan Shenkin’s office manager came to him with a problem. “She [said] we have three new patients in our office—all of them are in pain, and all of them have wait periods,” said Shenkin, who is a clinical associate professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Pediatric Dentistry at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) in addition to maintaining a private practice in Augusta, Maine. Wait periods refer to the time—oftentimes months— that... More

Students present in Grand Rounds during 2019-20 academic year

Three members of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) Class of 2020 presented cases as part of Grand Rounds during the 2019-2020 academic year. Taylor Paek, Stephanie Bont and Melissa Ferguson each presented a case from their respective 10-week externships, with Paek presenting on October 8, 2019, Bont presenting on December 11, 2019, and Ferguson presenting on February 26, 2020. “Ms. Paek, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Bont’s presentations displayed a commitment to their patients and are a testament to... More

GSDM alumni aid in collection efforts during coronavirus pandemic

First, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommended that all dentists close their offices except for emergency procedures until April 30, 2020 at the earliest. Then the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) followed suit. That led area dentists to start looking for ways to help out, said  James Lee DMD 14. “It was a grassroots effort,” he said. “[we were] thinking—how can we help?” Along with other members of the MDS, Lee helped organize a donation drive from March 20-22, 2020, collecting personal protective equipment... More

HSDA offers Spanish classes to GSDM students

The Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) at Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) wants to bridge the language barrier between Spanish-speaking patients and English-speaking dental students. “Having someone speak your language, and try to make that connection with you is so important,” said HSDA Vice President-Elect Cassandra Pierre-Jerome. “I think it goes a long way in terms of treatment, general trust and comfort and patient care.” While the school offers translational services, Pierre-Jerome DMD 21 said if providers can speak... More

GSDM community gathers for Yankee Dental Congress Alumni Reception

The Plaza Ballroom of the Seaport Hotel echoed with laughter and chatter on the evening of January 31, 2020, as members of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) community gathered for an alumni reception as part of the 2020 Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. More than 500 students, alumni, residents, faculty, staff and guests attended the event, which is always one of the school’s most popular annual events. Members of the GSDM community started streaming in to the... More

GSDM leaves their mark at Yankee Dental Congress

Members of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) community made a strong showing at the 2020 Yankee Dental Congress, held January 30—February 1, 2020 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. From award ceremonies to the bustling alumni lounge, it seemed that GSDM students, residents, faculty, staff, and alumni could be found everywhere. “GSDM’s presence at Yankee Dental Congress this year was simply incredible,” said Dean Hutter. “Everyone certainly did a great job representing our school and larger community, More

Patient shares experience with X-linked hypophosphatemia as part of the Patient Seminar Series

By Shannon BroderickFebruary 6th, 2020in Archives, School News

X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH) is a disease so rare that 90 percent of dentists will never see a patient who has the disease. But on October 4, 2019, about 75 members of the GSDM community were able to learn more about the disease from the patient perspective when Gin Jones, who suffers from the disease, shared her experiences. Jones’ presentation was the third in the Patient Seminar Series, an ongoing event where patients, family members and legislative advocates share their knowledge of... More

Dr. Alex Bendayan poses with Yomi, a robotic-assisted surgical device for dental implant surgery.

Alexander Bendayan PROS 05 appointed ad interim chair, GSDM Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials

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, More

Dr. Dan Nathanson accepts the Distinguished Scientist Award at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in December 2019.

Dan Nathanson DPH 85 PROS 90 retires, is honored after 37 years at GSDM

By Shannon BroderickJanuary 28th, 2020in Alumni, People, School News

After a long and illustrious career as professor and chair of the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), Dan Nathanson DPH 85 PROS 90 retired from the school’s faculty in December 2019. In recognition of his many years of service and his contributions to the School, Nathanson was awarded the honorary title of GSDM Distinguished Scientist, a title and set of responsibilities conferred to individuals at the highest level of academic and... More

GSDM, Tufts, and Harvard provide free endodontic care to 50 patients as part of Day of Giving

By Shannon BroderickJanuary 13th, 2020in Archives, School News

Bernadette Ponce had a problem. One of her fillings had fallen out, and there was a gaping hole in her tooth. “It was nerve-wracking,” she said, as she imagined what might have happened had she not sought dental care—including getting something stuck in the tooth or having an abscess form. “And it was in my smile line, too” she added. “I didn’t want to lose [the tooth].” Luckily for Ponce, her dentist had a solution— a referral to the Henry M. Goldman School of... More