Henschel Named Director of Penn AEGD Program

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Penn Dental Medicine has named Marc Henschel, DDS, to lead its new Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. His appointment as AEGD program director and associate professor of clinical community oral health took effect on January 1, 2021.

“Dr. Henschel brings a passion for working with students as an experienced educator and devoted mentor and also has a strong commitment to serving patients as a compassionate clinician,” said Morton Amsterdam Dean Mark Wolff. “We are pleased to welcome him to Penn Dental Medicine.”

Henschel comes to Penn Dental Medicine from the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry, where he had been part of the full-time faculty since 2015, serving as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine.

During this time, Henschel led the NYU Oral Health Center for people with Disabilities as director and was course director for Clinical Management of Patients with Special Need and the honors program in Clinical Management of Patients with Special Needs.

Henschel started teaching at NYU in 1987. He earned his DDS from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed a general practice residency at the Buffalo Veterans Administration Center.

The new AEGD program will be designed to educate AEGD residents in the care of vulnerable and underserved patients. Dental residents will complete clinical dental care within the Personalized Care Suite of the recently opened Care Center for Persons with Disabilities, in the school’s clinical care program for Survivors of Torture in partnership with Philadelphia’s Nationalities Service Center, and in several of the school’s community-based care centers.

In 2020, Penn Dental received a $2.1 million, five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support the AEGD program. Over the next year, the school will develop the program and apply for approval from the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The inaugural class of residents are expected to begin their studies in July 2022.  

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