Building a Future

Play Thumbnail Exterior

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 September 2018)

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

Student Resident Lounge
David Lustbader DMD 86 CAS 86 and Wendy Lustbader SAR 83 SAR 84

Conference Room
Jeyasri Gunarajasingam DMD 88 and Ponnudurai Gunarajasingam

Admissions Conference Room
Mina Paul DMD SPH 97 and Ajay Saini Questrom 82

Samuel Shames DMD and Honey Shames

Collaborative Space
Judith Jones DMD DPH 00 DSc 02

Patient Treatment Rooms

Adela Agolli Tarshi DMD 08 AEGD 09 ENDO 12 and Michael Tarshi

Tim Auger DMD 91 and Meghan Auger DMD 91

Alexander Bendayan PROS 05 and Rebika Shaw-Bendayan

Nazila Bidabadi DMD 87 CAS 82 and Alireza Hakimi ENG 82 ENG 86

Joseph Calabrese DMD 91 AEGD 92 and Michele Calabrese SSW 93

Gennaro Cataldo DMD

Vincent Celenza PROS 79

Peng Cheng DMD 10

Samuel Coffin CAS 73 DMD 78 Questrom 85 and Deborah Coffin

Shadi Daher DMD 90 OMFS 94 and Milagros Serrano DMD

Larry Dunham DMD 83 and Lynn Dunham MET 81

Maged El-Malecki DMD 02

Margaret R. Errante DMD and Mark Crotwell

Kyle Findly DMD 03

Neal Fleisher DMD 84 PERIO 86 and Peggy Fleisher

Michael Furia DMD 95 and Flor Furia

Raul I. Garcia DMD and Linnea W. Garcia MD

Russell Giordano DMD

John Guarente DMD 89 and Barbara Guarente

Hikmat Hannawi DMD 99

Michelle Henshaw DMD SPH 96 DPH 07

Zhiqiang Huang DMD 08

Yanling Jiang DSC 91 DMD 95 ENDO 99 and Tao Xu DMD 95

Michael Jory DMD 96 and Rhonda Jory

Suneel Kandru ENDO 07 and Santhi Kilaru

Thomas Kilgore DMD and Colleen Kilgore

Puneet Kochhar DMD 03 and Colleen Kochhar

Celeste V. Kong PROS 84 DMD 87

Maria Kukuruzinska PhD

Cataldo Leone DMD 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 and Robert Goldszer Questrom 99

Khushbu Malhotra DMD 18 and Sumeet Malhotra DMD10

Tim McDonough and Pam McDonough

Gigi Meinecke DMD 88 and Douglas Meinecke GRS 87

Robert Miller DMD 84 PERIO 86 and Sharon Miller

Ernesto Muller PERIO 61

Resmi Nair DMD 01 and Prajeet Nair

Azita Negahban DMD 94 AEGD 04

Sepideh Novid DMD 04 AEGD 05 and Aria Tavana PhD

Steven Perlman PEDO 76 and Harriet Perlman

Loubna Pla ENDO 08 and Philippe Pla

Madhuri Punaty DMD 01

Richard D. Rabbett III MET 10
(In memory of Kathi Ferland)

Sean Rayment DMD 97 DSC 00 and Daphne Rayment

David Russell DMD and Sharin Russell

Mitchell Sabbagh DMD 87 and Kelly Sabbagh

Doug Schildhaus DMD 91 PEDO 93

Amir Shahbazian DMD 88 and Shahrzad Shahbazian DMD 96

Jeanne Sinkford DMD

Maryam Shomali CAS 87 ENDO 93 and Bahram Shomali

Mingfang Su DMD 91

Tadeu Szpoganicz DMD 11 and Valeria Papa Szpoganicz

Tina Valades Tullberg DMD 84 and Ralph Tullberg

James Wu OMFS 97
(In memory of Charles Wu)