Zhimon Jacobson (SDM’81,’82), a clinical professor and director of the Center for Implantology and the Division of Continuing Education at the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest in Romania. The honor recognized Jacobson’s “significant contributions to the field of implantology.”
Jacobson, who joined BU in 1980 and established the Center for Implantology in early 1991, says that the center’s achievements in the areas of patient treatment, management philosophy, and program organization, as well as its development of postgraduate implantology residencies, all contributed to the University of Bucharest’s decision to award him a degree.
The University of Bucharest is currently modeling its specialty programs after the Center for Implantology. It will practice the center’s philosophy of treatment, which recognizes that the restorative dentist and surgeon should work with the patient as a team.
“Right now, across the board, there are less than 10 universities that have devoted a specialty training program to dental implantology, and none of them even come close to what Boston University is offering,” says Jacobson. “So many universities in different countries are using Boston University’s experiences as a model to establish their own specialty programs.”