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A challenge—and a solution

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) has a bold vision: to be the premier institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.

In 2009, under the leadership of Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter, GSDM developed a strategic plan that outlined that vision—and identified a dramatically improved facility as a critical driver of success.

Today, that improved facility is becoming a reality as GSDM is undergoing a major expansion and renovation of its Lawrence J. and Anne Cable Rubenstein Building at 100 East Newton Street. This project is truly transformational, in terms of both the building’s appearance and its functionality—and, above all, in terms of the educational and patient experience. With a brand-new patient entrance and new address, 635 Albany Street, it will offer a new face to the city, and serve as a symbol of the School’s increasingly global reputation and ambitions.

Both Boston University and GSDM have identified this project as a priority worthy of significant investment. In addition, philanthropic supporters are playing an essential role in creating a state-of-the-art facility.

Our supporters share their stories

Dr. Nazila BidabadiDr. Bing LiuDr. Hongsheng LiuDr. Sean Rayment

Dr. David RussellDr. Mitchell SabbaghDr. Tadeu Szpoganicz

A facility that reflects and accommodates GSDM’s educational excellence

For the School of Dental Medicine, recent years have been both proud and productive ones. The Group Practice Model for clinical education and patient care has been a resounding success, in terms of student satisfaction, the patient experience, and overall efficiency of the School’s Patient Treatment Centers. Three years ago, moreover, the School also began a collaboration with Dentsply Sirona, enabling it to become the first US dental school to transition entirely to seamless integrated digital dentistry. As a result, the School now sets the standard in digital dentistry—clearly, the future of the profession.

But innovation of this scope and at this scale needs adequate space. Digital dentistry equipment demands more space than a typical patient treatment room. Today, GSDM maximizes the resources of its current building, which is home to more than 800 students and 300 faculty, in addition to staff and volunteers. Some 29,000 patients receive care on-site every year. By almost every measure, the current facility constrains what the GSDM community can undertake, and so the expansion and renovation the School is now undertaking will essentially “right size” the GSDM space.

The new construction is also doing much more. When completed, it will transform the building’s exterior, creating an attractive new façade that will not only allow much more light into the building, but also fit well into its Boston and Medical Campus neighborhoods. Interior spaces will be modern, spacious, and inviting. Careful consideration has been given to how people move through the building, work that has resulted in a more logical floor plan. Today, the Rubenstein Building has 93,000 gross square feet; the renovated building will add 49,000 more, bringing the space to 139,000 square feet—with tremendous implications for all of its users.

The renovated and expanded building will:

  • include a bright and spacious new entrance on the corner of East Newton and Albany Streets, giving patients a warm and welcoming space to check in for appointments and the School a more highly visible “front door” on Albany Street and within the South End
  • incorporate a new elevator bank that will make it easier for students, residents, faculty, and staff to move from clinic to classroom and back
  • renovate the existing bank of elevators, which will now be intended for patient use only
  • increase clinical space by more than 60 percent, making treatment environments more comfortable and flexible, and enabling the School to add physical spaces to support students, residents and patients
  • relocate the Simulation Learning Center—a key curricular resource—from across the street (650 Albany Street) to the third floor of the Rubenstein Building, and equip it with state-of-the-art simulators and top-end technologies for teaching and learning
  • increase overall instructional space—both classrooms and labs—by 40 percent, including an entirely new, 140-seat auditorium on the first floor
  • create a student and resident lounge, a café, and collaborative study areas on the first floor, for the first time giving GSDM students and residents a place to gather, reflect, and relax

A better experience for the entire GSDM community, and our patients

All members of the GSDM community will benefit from the new facility.

  • For students and residents, a better space will make the learning experience richer and more comfortable; it will also complement GSDM’s innovative curriculum, and therefore help ensure that students and residents are receiving the best possible preparation for their careers.
  • For patients, the new space will bolster the School’s efforts to offer care and an experience on par with the best dental practices in the city of Boston. For an institution that prides itself on being patient-centered, this is a critically important outcome.
  • And finally, faculty and staff will benefit greatly from improved spaces for teaching and administrative support, along with a layout designed to make interactions with students both easier and more frequent.

Investment goals and opportunities

GSDM’s alumni and friends are playing a key role in making this new facility a flexible, functional, and welcoming place—worthy of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

The School has managed its finances carefully over the years and, along with the University, will make a major investment in this priority project. But we can’t do this alone: we look to our alumni and friends to provide significant financial support.

The building will contain a number of attractive naming opportunities for donors. We will be pleased to provide details upon request. We look forward to recognizing generous donors prominently throughout the building—and showing how proud and how loyal the GSDM community truly is.

We welcome and appreciate your interest in this exciting project.

Our donors

(As of March 2018)

We are grateful to the alumni and friends of GSDM who are already supporting this project:

Tim (DMD’91) and Meghan Auger (DMD’91)

Alexander Bendayan (PROS’05)
and Rebika Shaw-Bendayan

Nazila Bidabadi (CAS’82, DMD’87) and
Alireza Hakimi (ENG’82,’86)

Joseph (DMD’91, AEGD’92) and
Michele Calabrese (SSW’93)

Dr. Gennaro Cataldo

Vincent Celenza (PROS’79)

Peng Cheng (DMD’10)

Shadi Daher (DMD’90, OMFS’94)

Larry (DMD’83) and Lynn Dunham (MET’81)

Dr. Margaret R. Errante and Mark Crotwell

Michael (DMD’95) and Flor Furia

Drs. Raul I. and Linnea W. Garcia

Dr. Russell Giordano

John (DMD’89) and Barbara Guarente

Hikmant Hannawi (DMD’99)

Dr. Michelle Henshaw (SPH’96, DPH’07)

Zhiqiang Huang (DMD’08)

Yanling Jiang (DSC’91, DMD’95, ENDO’99)
and Tao Xu (DMD’95)

Suneel Kandru (ENDO’07)
and Santhi Kilaru

Dr. Thomas and Colleen Kilgore

Puneet (DMD’03) and Colleen Kochhar

Celeste V. Kong (PROS’84, DMD’87)

Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska

Dr. Cataldo and Rosemary Leone

Xiaojing Li (DSc’03 DMD’07)
and Jungmee Youn (DSc’06 PERIO’06 DMD’08)

Bing Liu (DSC’99, DMD’03) and Hong Dong

Hongsheng Liu (DMD’10, ENDO’12)
and Min Zhu (PhD’12, DMD’17)

Madalyn Mann (DPH’76)

Tim and Pam McDonough

Gigi (DMD’88) and Douglas Meinecke (GRS’87)

Robert (DMD’84, PERIO’86) and Sharon Miller

Ernesto Muller (PERIO’61)

Azita Negahban (DMD’94, AEGD’04)

Sepideh Novid (DMD’04, AEGD’05)
and Dr. Aria Tavana

Richard D. Rabbett III (MET’10),
in memory of Kathi Ferland

Sean (DMD’97, DSC’00) and Daphine Rayment

Dr. David and Sharin Russell

Mitchell (DMD’87) and Kelly Sabbagh

Doug Schildhaus (DMD’91, PEDO’93)

Amir (DMD’88) and Shahrzad Shahbazian (DMD’96)

Maryam Shomali (CAS’87, ENDO’93)

Mingfang Su (DMD’91)

Tadeu (DMD’11) and Valeria Papa Szpoganicz

Tina Valades (DMD’84) and Ralph Tullberg