Dr. Cristina Teixeira Appointed Chair of the Department of Orthodontics at NY University College of Dentistry

Dr. Cristina Teixeira, associate professor of orthodontics and of basic science and craniofacial biology, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Orthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), effective immediately. Dr. Teixeira had been serving as the interim chair of the Department of Orthodontics since September 2011.

The announcement was made by Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, Herman Robert Fox Dean, and Dr. Richard I. Vogel, executive vice dean of New York University College of Dentistry.

"As interim chair, Dr. Teixeira has demonstrated leadership in research, teaching, and patient care," said Dr-. Bertolami. "Her accomplishments include formulating a comprehensive new curriculum for the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics, and co-founding CTOR, the Consortium for Translational Orthodontic Research at New York University. CTOR has facilitated research, development and clinical testing of new orthodontic treatments and technologies," added Dean Vogel.

"Dr. Teixeira's appointment as chair offers profound academic recognition of a world-renowned scholar and researcher and experienced clinician who undoubtedly will lead the Department of Orthodontics into new areas of clinical, educational, and research excellence," said Dr. Elliott M. Moskowitz, clinical professor of orthodontics at NYUCD and former editor of The New York State Dental Journal.

Dr. Teixeira joined NYUCD in 2001, and has won NIH funding and other national and international recognition for research in bone and cartilage biology.

In the past few years Dr. Teixeira has received the Outstanding Research Award from the University of Pennsylvania, the Young Investigator Award at the First International Conference on the Growth Plate, the B. F. Dewell Memorial Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation, and the Young Investigator Award at Conferences in Orthodontic Advances in Science and Technology.

Dr. Teixeira has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, served as a mentor to numerous postgraduate and predoctoral students, and presented her work at national and international conferences. As a founding member of CTOR, the first consortium of its kind dedicated to translational research in the field of orthodontics, her efforts have produced two patents.

Among other accomplishments of the Department of Orthodontics during Dr. Teixeira's tenure as interim chair was the formulation of a comprehensive curriculum for the new three-year Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics, and the introduction of new patient care initiatives.

Dr. Teixeira is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a DMD degree, a certificate in orthodontics, a master's in oral biology, and a PhD in Developmental Biology.

About New York University College of Dentistry--Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school.

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