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Columbia University Visiting Professor Program: Contemporary Issues in Dentistry



 What is the Future of Geriatric Dentistry?

 Presented by

Ronald L. Ettinger, BDS, MDS, DDSc, DABSCD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa

 Wednesday, November 14, 2018

12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Reception follows program - 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

 This program is presented in partnership with the Association of Dental Alumni and the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of OKU.



12:30-1:00 p.m. Check-in and Lunch
1:00-1:15 p.m. Introductions

Dr. James B. Fine, Dean Christian S. Stohler and Dr. Ralph S. Kaslick

1:15-2:00 p.m. Visiting Professor Seminar

Dr. Ronald L. Ettinger

Rational Dental Care: A Philosophy of Clinical Decision Making for Older Adults

2:00-2:15 p.m. Audience Reaction and Participation

Dr. James B. Fine and Dr. Ronald L. Ettinger

2:15-3:15 p.m. Student Scholar Presentations

Shelbi Mehrazarin, DDS, PhD, Perio '20 and
Heather Leyva, DDS '19

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Specialty Training as a Critical Means of Addressing the Needs of the Diverse and Ever Growing Geriatric Population

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Lynn Tepper, Clinical Professor of Behavioral Science (in Dentistry & Sociomedical Sciences); Dr. Thomas Boyle, Assistant Professor , Division of Operative Dentistry and Group Practice Leader

3:15-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. Student Scholar Presentations

Brian Will, DDS '19 and Matthew Heinz, DDS '19

Keeping Geriatric Dentistry Separate from ADA Recognized Specialties: A Detailed Overview of the Oral Health Care in the Aging Population

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Gregory Bunza, Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUIMC), Division of Operative Dentistry; Director, General Practice Residency Program; Dr. Marc Schlenoff, Assistant Professor, Division of Prosthodontics and Director, AEGD Program

4:30-5:00 p.m. Audience Reaction and Participation

Dr. James B. Fine and Dr. Ronald L. Ettinger

5:00-5:15 p.m. Break

5:15-6:00 p.m. Visiting Professor Lecture

Dr. Ronald L. Ettinger

What is the Future of Geriatric Dentistry in the United States: An International Perspective

6:00-6:30 p.m. Audience Reaction and Participation

Dr. James B. Fine and Dr. Ronald L. Ettinger

6:30-7:30 p.m. Networking Reception



Ronald L. Ettinger, BDS, MDS, DDSc, DABSCD

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Sydney, Australia, 1966; Master of Dental Surgery, Prosthodontics, University of Sydney, Australia, 1970; Certificate, Gerontology, University of Iowa, 1983; Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc), Prosthodontics, University of Sydney, Australia, 1992; DDSc (honoris causa), Prosthodontics, University of Sydney, Australia, 2016

Dr. Ettinger is a fellow of the American and International College of Dentists and Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. He has been a member of OKU since 1978. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Prosthodontics and the Dows Institute for Dental Research. He was the Director of Geriatric Dental Programs at the University of Iowa. In 1979 he was awarded a three-year curriculum development grant in geriatric dentistry by the Health Services Administration. In 1981 he was awarded a five-year National Institute on Aging, Geriatric Academic Award, which was used to develop a mobile geriatric dentistry program for the care of nursing home patients by senior dental students. He was Associate Director of the University's Clinical Core Center for Oral Health Research and Director of the Clinical Core, which was funded for five years in 1992 by the National Institute for Dental Research and was refunded until the year 2001.

He is past-president of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry and the Prosthodontic and Geriatric Research Group of AADR & IADR. He was geriatric consultant to the 800-bed Veterans Administration Psychogeriatric Hospital at Knoxville, Iowa from 1985 to 2015.

Dr. Ettinger has published over 250 papers and over 20 chapters in textbooks. He has lectured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. From 1995 to 2012 he was the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Special Care in Dentistry. In 2001 he was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Dentistry by the IADR, and in 2010 he was named by IADR as the Distinguished Scientist in Prosthetic and Implant dentistry. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sydney University in Australia.


Advisory Committee

Dr. Ralph S. Kaslick - Chairman, Columbia Visiting Professor Program; Professor and Dean, Emeritus Fairleigh Dickinson University


Dr. Christian S. Stohler - Professor and Dean, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine; Senior Vice President, Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)


Dr. David A. Albert - Director, Division of Community Health; Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (in Health Policy and Management) at CUIMC


Dr. Burton Edelstein - Chair, Section of Population Oral Health; Professor of Dental Medicine and Health Policy and Management at CUIMC


Dr. James B. Fine - Senior Academic Dean, Postdoctoral and Continuing Educaton Programs; Professor of Clinical Dental Medicine at CUIMC


Dr. John Grbic - Director, Division of Foundational Sciences; Professor of Dental Medicine at CUIMC


Dr. Joseph M. McManus - Associate Professor of Dental Medicine, Section of Population Oral Health


Dr. Letty Moss-Salentijn - Vice Dean for Curriculum Innovation and Interprofessional Education; Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine (in Anatomy and Cell Biology)


Dr. Laureeen Zubiaurre - Senior Associate Dean, Admissions and Career Planning; Director, Advanced Standing Program; Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at CUIMC



Continuing Education

Continuing Dental Education: Credits - 5
for full attendance

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP recognized provider 11/2017- 12/2021. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Please contact your licensing authority for CE credit hour guidelines and regulations.


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560 West 168th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10032

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History of the Visiting Professor Program

Formerly called The Percy T. Phillips Visiting Professorship, the program was launched during the fall of 1980 and has featured a veritable Who's Who of leaders in dentistry. The program is a leadership development project intended to raise institutional awareness of contemporary issues in dentistry. It is important that students, faculty and alumni learn to manage the professional challenges they will encounter in both the near and distant future.

The Visiting Professor and topic are chosen each year based on nominations solicited by an Advisory Committee, which consists of alumni and faculty representatives and corporate partners. The Professor serves as a guide to the dental students and residents who have been selected as the Student Scholars, and to the faculty members chosen as mentors to these students.

The event includes a keynote presentation by the Visiting Professor as well as interactive seminars based on the program topic, and are presented by dental students and residents who have been selected as the Student Scholars.

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