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Alpha Omegan 2015 Volume 1

Please enjoy reading the Alpha Omegan 2015 Issue 1.  The issue is filled with highlights from the 2014 International Convention in Tel Aviv, Israel. 
 
 
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Tribute to Samuel Unger, Z"L

On July 4, 2015, Samuel Unger passed away from a courageous battle against cancer.  Sam was a beloved frater and many tributes were shared in his honor.  Sam was the 2008 AO Meritorious Service Award recipient, a regular attendee at the International Conventions, and a stalwart supporter of AO in the greater New York City area.  

Sam was a Holocaust Survivor and we felt that a tribute to Sam should include his article,Memories of the Holocaust, which was featured in the Alpha Omegan, Vol. 99, 2006. 

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UngerAs Alpha Omegans, we are united not only by our profession but also by a mission to educate ourselves, and others, about preserving our Jewish heritage. It was with this mission in mind that the Alpha Omegan invited me to share with my fraters a very personal, and painful, account of my boyhood in Poland, where I survived the Holocaust. Among the many gruesom episodes I encountered during the war, two remain vivid in my memories. Although this is not an easy story for me to tell, it is one that ultimately gives me great strength, especially as I prepare to disclose it among my dear friends and colleagues of Alpha Omega. May we never forget what some of us lost, what we regained and why we have chosen to build our personal and professional lives in ways that honor our history.

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London Convention - AO Now June 2015

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AO Detroit Alumni Summer 2015 Newsletter

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2016 AO Graduates

Congratulations to the 2016 Alpha Omega graduates!

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Boston University School of Dental Medicine
Jessica Finkelstein UNC Periodontics Residency
Janna Feldman BU AEGD
Izzy Korobkin GPR at St. Barnabas
Hilary Reiter GPR at Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn NY
Arielle Curtis

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Quentin Shabani GPR at Bronx Lebanon
Faraz Tartibi Pediatrics at BU
Olga Spivak  
Ryan Matthew Vaughn  
Oren Sudai University of Rochester Eastman Institute AEGD
Amrit Singh Basi GPR at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System
David Tran  
Kevin Treger  
Yitzi Zisblatt  
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Mike Bruno Long Island Jewish Medical Center GPR
Ashley Coffey Montefiore OMFS
Justin Hall San Francisco VA GPR
Liza Horbar Columbia University Prosthodontics
Yakov Yakubov Columbia University / NY Presbyterian OMFS
Brianne Donahue Helen Hayes Special Needs GPR
Jessica Pilloni Stony Brook Orthodontics
Joanna Walska Long Island Jewish Medical Center GPR
The Ohio State University College of Denistry
Jeremy Warn  
Jordan Roth Columbia University - Orthodontics
Ben Kushnir OSU Endodontics
Dmitriy Yarovitsky GPR in Miami Valley hospital in Dayton, OH
Matthew Gold  
Alexandra Toole AEGD at the VA in Dayton, OH
Temple University School of Dentistry
Arielle Manstein AEGD Grand Junction, CO @ Marillac Clinic
Austin Lyman University of Maryland Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Internship
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Rachel Azeff  
David Wilder  
Chad Augusty  
Laura Brittany Wathen  
Megan Johnson AEGD at the Vetran Healthcare System of the Ozarks
Nick Mechas Oral surgery internship at University of Illinois
MaryBeth Blair AEGD at the University of Florida
Puja Sangoi Johns Hopkins University - MPH
Heather Smith  
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Stephanie Wu Tufts Univeristy Endodontics
Salina Suy Faxton St. Lukes GPR New Hartford, NY
Mark Floumanhaft Woodhull Medical Center GPR
Kelly Griffith East Carolina University AEGD- Sylva, NC
Bethany Zembiec Eastman (AEGD)- Rochester, NY
Jared Reardon Wellspan York Hospital (GPR) - York PA
Lisa Shaw VA Buffalo
Michael Daly VA Medical Center – Providence RI
Justin Dessereayx VA Hudson Valley Medical Center – Wappingers Falls NY
Christyne Chmil  
Sabrina Bhatti New York Medical College at the Metropolitan Hospital
Sachi Bhattachan  
Joseph Park University of Alabama Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Jilbert Benjamin Neman Kings County Hospital GPR – Brooklyn NY
Marta Michalik Ellis Hospital – Schenectady NY
Irene Yusupov AEGD Buffalo
Clare Maloy Rosewell Park Cancer Institute GPR – Buffalo NY
Gregg Riess Montefiore Medical Center GPR – Buffalo NY
Amrita Batheja Brookdale Hospital Pedo – Brooklyn NY
Winchester Stuart  
Jamieson Brady Cook County OMFS Internship – Chicago IL
Balraj Kang Virginia Commonwealth University Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Richmond VA
Solomia Zhownirovych  
Aaron Cronk St. Joseph’s GPR – Syracuse NY
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Andreina Alarcon  
Evin Alcindor  
Cheryl Howard  
Peter Kim  
Brian Kim Residency King County Hospital
Jessica Martin  
Timothy Ngo  
Jeramiah Paylor  
Bradley Phares AEGD Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Anthony Quintana AEGD/GPR UNM
Constance Quintero AEGD NYU Lutheran Medical
Stacey Robben  
Gina-Marie Searle  
Paul Stavrakas  
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Raina Chandiramani University of Louisville - Orthodontics
Lauren Hum OHSU - Oral Surgery
Justin Sheinbaum UCLA - Oral Surgery
Michael Forman New York Presbyterian/Columbia University - Oral Surgery
Cliff Lee  
Cameron Lee  
Kristin Huber  
Maryann Vlahos  
Justin Partridge  
Hanna Heck  
Nickolaos Kallis  
Daniel Brein Boston Children's Hospital - Pediatric Dentistry
Laura Jacox UNC - Orthodontics
Rodney Raanan  
Justin Raanan  
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Sara Samaha Massachusetts General - GPR
Erica Davis Providence RI GPR
Michael Marshall UCLA, GPR
Angela Dunkling UVM GPR Burlington VT
Lauren Marzouca Tufts Dental School Endodontics Specialty
Alissa Mariano Tufts Dental School Prosthodontics Specialty
Aikaterini Papathanasiou Tufts Dental School
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Amy Sakowitz University of Florida (Naples)- Pediatrics
Alexander Margolis NYU OMFS
Marni Tuchman Temple Orthodontics
Joshua Shayefar Columbia Periodontics
Lisa Yosevitz Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital GPR
Elite Mekel NYUL- San Diego- Pediatrics
Alex Rosner Temple Pediatrics
Samantha Tagerman Tufts Ortho
Anukriti Gupta NYUL- Brooklyn GPR
Jessica Listwa Uconn- Pediatrics
Akanksha Gaur MD/VA
McGill University School of Dental Medicine
Julia Schwartz  
David Abramov Saint-Barnabas GPR
Kristin Sani MUHC - Montreal General Hospital GPR
Amel Bouzid MUHC - Montreal General Hospital GPR
Natalie Arshat MUHC - Montreal Children’s Hospital GPR
Janick Decoste MUHC - Montreal Children’s Hospital GPR
Gabriel Cernica  
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
Arielle Wulfsohn  
Mark Beck  
Brian Weinberg  
Elizabeth Luong  
Timothy John Kamp  
Kelly McGowan  
Irina Ganzman  
Todd Stone Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine GPR
William Uthoff  
Megan Fasanella  
Tyler Markus  
Matthew Manious  
Zheng Ma  
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
Sana Abdel-Jabbar  
Ross Brockman  
Maria Camila Garcia  
Aaron Delgado  
Chris Hansen  
Shadiya Hasan  
Jaewoong Jang  
Youngsen Jeng  
Min Jiang  
Chris Keane  
Russell Kotch  
Xinxing Liu  
Nimish Maniar  
Hyang Min Park  
Movarid Moini  
Nikki Moshiri  
Suzanne Najjar  
Farinaz Niroumand  
Suzanne Parrish  
Shridhar Patankar  
Roshni Patel  
Devesh Patel  
Avery Ruben  
John Sands  
Renata Santeli  
Jeffrey Shiffman  
Avani Shridharani  
Hema Sundar  
George Tolson  
Michael Wiernicki  
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry
Alana Helene Reifer  
Andrea Elaine Sauerwein Loyola University Medical Center General Practice Residency
Adrien Lea Lewis UTHSC at Houston School of Dentistry Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Francisco Javier Nieves Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Advanced Education in Endodontics
Lianna Gonzalez Zabanal  
University of Florida
Samuel Thomas Pero  
Joshua Cline UF Gainesville Peds
Pete Pham  
Kira Santos UF Gainesville Endodontics
Tai Wai Chan Alameda Health System/ AEGD, Oakland, CA
UCLA
Sara Ehsani  
Shadi Kadkhoda  
Dena Tayyebian  
Masha Doost  
Ata Tumanyan USC AEGD
Sami Shahhal  
Greg Asatrian UCLA Orthodontics
University of Maryland
Aviva Kramer  
Sara Karlin NYU Peds
Moshe Rechthand Baltimore VA GPR
Jonathan Rosenstein The Brooklyn Hospital Center, OMFS
David N. Levine Christiana Care General Practice Residency
Daniela Loebl University of Colorado Orthodontics
Koby Sarubin GPR at Gainesville, Florida V.A. Hospital
John Mark Draper  
Louis Spear LSU New Orleans Internship
Justin Josell Christiana Care GPR - Wilmington DE
University of Toronto
Jason Goldberg  
Leah Bottner  
Sandra Issa  
Alina Karpova-Raskin  
Shael Markin  
Rachel Tobis  
Cory Wurman  
Ryan Herblum  
Ioana Leb-Neinstein  
Daniel Bottner  
Amol Shergill  
Fardeen Aman  
Shreyank Patel  
  Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Neda Shafai  
Nineli Zadourian  
Dylan Sallerson  
Angel Harounian  
Daniel Ebrami Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Min Chu Jung  
Jessica Leong  
Erica Kohanof  
Behzad Danesh Panahi  
Benjamin Pourmorady  
Nora Negin Ghodousi UNLV School of Pediatric Dentistry
Colby McKinney Ortho Research Fellowship at UConn
Rachel Schlossberg  
Tibor Forai  
Anoosh Zadfar  
Diana Sedler Perio
Kevin Lin  
Christine Ancheta  
Diba Adami  
Dina Adami  
Helia Jafari  
Tatevik Pilosyan  
Janna Kawamura  
Mahyar Kohanbash  
Farzin Kohanfarsi  
Sae Chan Lee  
Afra Saleh  
Sherin Zarghouni  

AO Now Special June Edition - International Presidential Travel

This is a special AO Now that features the summaries and photos from our International President's travels in April and May.

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AO Montreal Probe & Mirror April 2015 Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the April 2015 edition of the AO Montreal Probe & Mirror.  Please click the image to access. 

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AO Now May 2015 Member Newsletter

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  • Tribute to Morton Amsterdam by Adam Stabholz   AONowMay15 1
  • The Defiant Ones – May 8th in NYC
  • Temple Dental Panel – May 14th
  • Detroit Mercy Mission Trip
  • AO Grads Seeking Positions
  • Chapter Newsletters
  • AO Externship Placements
  • Honoring Atlanta Frater Perry Brickman
  • Spirit of PhilanthropyFraters in the News
    • Tel Aviv Chapters
    • Western Ontario Students
  • Holocaust Survivors Program Update

A Tribute to a Giant in Dental Medicine - Honoring Dr. Morton Amsterdam

A Tribute to a Giant in Dental Medicine

Alpha Omega Honored the Legacy of Dr. Morton Amsterdam

Dr. Morton Amsterdam

Dr. Morton Amsterdam was an internationally-renowned dental educator, clinician and innovator who was regarded as “the father of periodontal prosthesis’’ for his impact on the fields of periodontics and advanced restorative dentistry.

He inspired generations of students with his guidance and wisdom and had a personal impact on many people he touched. His influence has shaped hundreds of graduate students and thousands of undergraduate students around the world.

“Dr. Amsterdam’s energies as a clinician, teacher and leader have left an eternal mark on the profession’’ wrote Dr. D. Walter Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Periodontics and a colleague of Dr. Amsterdam’s during his tenure at Penn Dental Medicine, in 1977 tribute issue of the Alpha Omegan, the publication of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity which honored Dr. Amsterdam with its Achievement Medal Award that same year. The Hebrew University’s Morton Amsterdam Professorship in Periodontal Prosthesis was the first of its kind to be endowed in the world. In addition the Morton Amsterdam Deanship at the University of Pennsylvania was the first endowed Deanship in Dentistry.

In appreciation of Dr. Amsterdam’s invaluable contribution to dental education worldwide and his support and friendship with the State of Israel and with the School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine Founded by the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, named on the occasion of the school’s 60th anniversary, its newly refurbished beautiful entrance “The Dr. Morton Amsterdam Gateway for Dental Education’’

On April 18, 2015, a wonderful conference and Gala dinner honoring the legacy of Dr. Morton Amsterdam was organized by Alpha Omega in Philadelphia. The event committee included Marc Rothman, Paul Goodman, Dan Casulla, Ed Rosenberg and D. Walter Cohen.

Excellent lectures were presented by Stephen Brown, Colin Richman, Albert Chinappi and Stephen Chu. Special presentations honoring Dr. Amsterdam were part of the program at the impressive gala dinner held at Top of the Tower. Profits of the event were donated to establish the Dr. Morton Amsterdam dental operatory in North Philadelphia, helping provide quality care to a vulnerable and underserved populations.

It was an honor and a pleasure to bring Alpha Omega's message to the participants at this outstanding event.

Dr. Morton Amsterdam passed away on June, 27, 2014 at the age of 92.

May his dear soul rest in peace.

Fraternally,

Adam Stabholz 

Reflections on a Week on a Honduras Mobile Dental Clinic

By Jessica Gold and Anna Urbano
University of Western Ontario School of Dentistry students and members of the AO Beta Delta Chapter

For a week this past March, we were fortunate enough to participate in an outreach mission to Honduras. The mission was led by pediatrician Dr F. Gorodzinsky and pediatric dentist Dr. C. Friedman, and included pediatric residents, registered nurses and pediatric dentists; this was the first of fifteen years that dental students participated.  This has been the most eye-opening experience of our careers as dental students thus far.HN 2

Before embarking on our daily brigades where we provided emergent dental care, we had the opportunity to meet with the public health dental team in Gracias to develop a risk management program intended to improve oral health in school-aged children. The day began by engaging the local team in a dialogue in order to assess the needs of the community, the current state of oral health, and perceived barriers to care. The Honduran dentists identified the relationship between oral health and general health with an emphasis on oral infection and general infection being a common theme. The main barriers to care identified were access and resources. Once these were identified, together we prioritized the issues and set specific goals that are measurable, attainable, realistic and timely for this community (“SMART”).

2015 HN 1Together with the local oral health team, we created a pilot program whereby supervised tooth brushing will be implemented in primary schools. The “PUFA” oral health evaluative system, which identifies infection, was introduced to the public health team and was accepted with enthusiasm to help determine baseline and outcome impacts of any intervention.

 

 

P- pulp involvement

U- ulceration

F- fistula

A- abscess

This system is best used in countries where decay rates are extremely high (90-99%). In such situations, assigning DMFT values alone would not be appropriate and a more advanced description of the stage of infection is needed.   HN 3

Research shows that supervised toothbrushing programs are one of the most effective ways to reduce caries rates. In high risk areas, such as rural Honduras, resources are scarce and a toothbrushing program can be a cost-effective way to reduce infection. For this reason, we decided, with the local dentists, to initiate a study in hopes of demonstrating how supervised toothbrushing can help reduce the prevalence of tooth decay.

Following this initial meeting, we worked with the local dental team to hone their evaluation skills using the PUFA system. We visited a school in the district of Guanteque where each dentist scored the same children to ensure inter-rater reliability for the study. After these baseline PUFA scores were collected, we reviewed tooth brushing techniques with the school teacher to ensure that the tooth brushing program would be properly supervised. For some of these children, access to toothbrushes and toothpaste is scarce. It was very rewarding to see such excitement in these children as they showed off their brushing skills!    

HN 4This pilot program will involve seven members of the public dental team who will be working in different communities. Each will be responsible for collecting data for the schools in their district to give a representative sample of rural Honduras. We have committed to supply the materials needed to drive this program for two years. The mayor of Gracias, who is also a dentist, was an enthusiastic supporter of developing this pilot project and promoting Gracias as a model for affecting cost effective sustainable interventions to improve overall health. In two years’ time, PUFA scores will be taken again and compared to the baseline scores. This will provide an information base to facilitate the design of prevention programs.

With the seeds of the study planted, the remainder of our trip was spent on daily pediatric brigades to underserviced communities. News of our brigades quickly spread to surrounding villages, and there were people who walked for miles to visit the dentist. Every day we transformed a classroom into a mobile dental clinic. Children flooded into the room where they were first triaged and then directed to the proper area for care. Treatment included fluoride varnish, disinfection with iodine and silver nitrate, atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) and multiple extractions. All the children received toothbrushes, toothpaste, and instructions on proper tooth brushing technique. It was heartbreaking to see such an extent of infection and the impact it has on the children’s quality of life. Most children were malnourished and showed signs of failure to thrive, due in large part to their chronic dental pain. The question for us was not “are you in pain?”, but rather “which tooth hurts the most?” Although we were able to provide some pain relief, there is still much more work to be done.

This experience was enlightening in that it reinforced the idea that we as dentists should not be merely filling a hole or extracting a tooth, but rather managing a dynamic disease process. We are fortunate to have witnessed this at such an early stage in our dental careers. This has triggered a shift in us from focusing primarily on restorative care to prevention and health promotion, and taught us to see not only the tooth in question but more broadly the individual as a whole. 

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Perry Brickman, DDS -  2012 AO Convention:  Speaking at Opening Business Session 

Michael Spektor, DDS - 2012 International President 

Marcy Schwartzman, DMD - 2012 International President-Elect 

Adam Stabholz, DMD - 2012 Achievement Medal Award Recepient 

R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD - 2011 Achievement Medal Award Winner

Fred Margolis, DDS - 2011 Meritorious Service Award Winner

 

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