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The School of Dental Medicine Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members

Dr. David Lam, Ms. Vickie Panetta, and Ms. Aly Andrews

Welcome, New Faculty and Staff! 

March 2018 - Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine warmly welcomes new members of its community. Over the past year and a half, talented new faculty and staff have joined the Office of the Dean, the Office of Education, the Office of Administration and Finance, the Dental Care Center, and the Departments of General Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, and Prosthodontics. 

Within the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial, David Lam, MD, DDS, PhD, FRCDC, surgeon-scientist joined as Professor and Chairman. Of his addition to the SDM faculty, Dr. Lam said, “I am pleased to join Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and the University Community as a whole.” According to Dr. Lam, The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, along with its Divisions of Dental Anesthesia and Oral Pathology & Oral Medicine, “is poised for tremendous growth.”

Charles Larsen, DMD, MS, said, “I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be part of the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.” Dr. Larsen joined the SDM in Fall 2017 as Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry and Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. He continued, “I feel like we have the best dental students and residents in the country and provide a caring, quality-oriented and empathetic chairside dental experience for all our children and their families.” 

A recent luncheon allowed new faculty and staff members to be celebrated and announced to the School, and provided an opportunity for networking and discussion among offices and departments throughout the SDM. Steven Zove, DDS, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, introduced new staff members within the School of Dental Medicine’s Dental Care Center. New members of the faculty and staff of the Office of Administration and Finance, the Office of the Dean, the Office of Education, and the Departments of General Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, and Prosthodontics were introduced by Dean Mary Truhlar. 

“By providing the latest technology in dental isolation, students have an environment for enhanced learning enabling them to practice more consistent dentistry with increased safety and reduced patient and clinician stress,” said Hirsch. Additionally, as dental graduates enter the workforce, previous exposure to and expertise with new, groundbreaking dental technologies will make them more desirable to hiring practices, and will enable them to share their knowledge as a resource to their future colleagues.  

Dr. Charles Larsen joins the School of Dental Medicine within the Department of Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry    New Members of the School of Dental Medicine's Dental Care Center