Demby to Receive Gies Award for Vision

Dentistry Today


The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) will honor longtime Brooklyn dentist and New York University (NYU) Langone faculty member Neal A. Demby, DMD, MPH, with its 2020 William J. Gies Award for Vision at its annual awards ceremony on March 16, 2020, during the ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland. 

“Dr. William Gies is an inspiration to all dental educators, and I am truly humbled by this extraordinary recognition by the ADEA Gies Foundation,” said Demby, past senior vice president for dental medicine and current senior advisor of the dental program at the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone.

“We have built one of the largest dental residency programs in the world, with a level of care and commitment to a high educational standard that would make Dr. Gies proud,” said Demby.

A pioneer in dental residency education, Demby has devoted his 50-year career at the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone to improving the oral health of vulnerable populations, the ADEA says. After five years as a dental practitioner at the health center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the dental program took on its first general dentistry resident in 1974.

NYU Langone Dental Medicine’s postdoctoral residency is now the largest of its kind in the United States, the ADEA says, with about 400 dental residents serving about 1 million people in 26 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago. 

“Dr. Demby’s visionary leadership has always focused on how to use dental education as a way to grow tomorrow’s workforce while increasing access to high-quality care to people who need it the most,” said Larry K. McReynolds, executive director of Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. “I cannot think of someone more deserving of this exceptional and prestigious honor.”

Demby has received numerous grants and awards for his work in promoting residency training, faculty development, video and remote learning, school health dentistry, HIV/AIDS services, quality assurance, early detection of oral cancer, and integrative health services, the ADEA says.

Demby holds a BA in sociology and art history from Rutgers University, a DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an MPH from Columbia University. He also is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry.

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