GSDM alumni and faculty author publications  

As it turns out, members of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) community aren’t just oral health professionals—they’re also wordsmiths! Some alumni and faculty recently wrote and edited publications covering a wide variety of topics. Read on for more information about the newest books and publications to hit the shelves.  

Geriatric Dental Medicine
Joseph Calabrese DMD 91 AEGD 92
Associate Dean of Students, Director of Geriatric Dental Medicine, and Clinical Professor of General Dentistry 

Dr. Michelle Henshaw DPH 07 SPH 96
Associate Dean, Global and Population Health and Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Research 

Calabrese and Henshaw edited and contributed articles to an issue of Dental Clinics of North America focused on Geriatric Dental MedicineThe publication releases four issues annually, each focused on a single topic in dentistry and presented under the direction of an experienced guest editor or editors.

The issue that Calabrese and Henshaw oversaw provides readers with an overview of the geriatric population’s health and oral health needs and presents strategies to address these needs, either within a dentist’s own practice or through referrals. The issue also covers key concepts from demographic trends to the challenges inherent in financing oral health care for older adults to emerging technology.

Numerous GSDM faculty members and alumni contributed to the issue, including: Paul Farsai DMD 94 AEGD 95 SPH 97, clinical professor, of General Dentistry), Judith Jones DPH 00, Matthew Mara DMD 16 AEGD 17 Wheelock 19, assistant professor of General Dentistry, and Dr. Kadambari Rawal AEGD 10 DPH 18, clinical assistant professor of General Dentistry.

Mammals to Man: Dental Occlusion and Apnea
David DiBenedetto DMD 80

In “Mammals to Man: Dental Occlusion and Apnea,” DiBenedetto provides an overview of dental occlusion in both animals and humans and covers a variety of topics, including what dental occlusion is best for man, why horses get their teeth adjusted and the physics of all of it. This book is a good primer for dental, veterinary and nursing students.

DiBenedetto has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years and operates a practice in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

Airway is Life: Waking up to your family’s sleep crisis
Meghna Dassani DMD 05

In “Airway is Life: Waking up to your family’s sleep crisis,” Dassani provides an overview of sleep-disordered breathing, providing readers with information they need to spot issues so that they can get the help for their family.

Dassani currently practices in Houston. She has published two other books on sleep apnea and the dental practice: Healthy Sleep, Happy Kids and Sleep.Breathe.Dream.

The Slammer: A Critique of Prison Overpopulation, a Menacing Flaw in American Culture
Dr. Robert Allyn Goldman PERIO 71

In “The Slammer: A Critique of Prison Overpopulation, a Menacing Flaw in American Culture.” Goldman, who spent time working as a dentist in American prison system, takes on the central issues underpinning the ever continuum of prison expansions.

“This story will concentrate on the facts that keep the unfortunate in miserable sardine cans without any provable consideration for change,” the front jacket reads. “Our politicians are the nation’s lifeline for change, and yet many should be switching places with the incarcerated. If there is ever going to be a sincere change in the warehousing of human beings, there has to be a will for compassion and the election of politicians who do more than mouth false promises.”

Goldman received his Doctor of Science from GSDM in addition to specialty training in Periodontology, Oral Medicine, and Oral/General Pathology at Boston University Medical Campus. He practiced periodontics in the Boston area and in Florida, and has also written a book about his uncle, the school’s founder and namesake, Dean emeritus Henry M. Goldman.