The Touro College of Dental Medicine (TouroCDM), one of the nation’s newest dental schools, has appointed Ronnie Myers, DDS, its dean. Myers joined the school as its senior associate dean for academic and administrative affairs in June 2016, just prior to the entrance of the inaugural class of 2020. For the past year, he has been developing the new curriculum and educational program.
“As dean, I look forward to developing a unique educational and clinical program that incorporates many aspects of primary healthcare into the oral healthcare environment,” Myers said. “This initiative, along with the integration of emerging technologies into the modern daily practice of clinical dentistry, will set the Touro College of Dental Medicine apart from many others.”
Jay Goldsmith, DMD, the founding dean of the school, will be dean emeritus.
“Dean Goldsmith has worked hard over the past 3 to 4 years completing the initial accreditation documents, assembling an incredible group of dedicated and compassionate faculty and constructing a first-rate facility. He will continue to assist in several areas of development as we move forward,” said Myers.
Myers graduated from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and trained as a pediatric dentist before completing a fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also had a private practice while holding an appointment at the Bronx Developmental Center before coming to the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery full-time in 1982 as director of the General Practice Residency Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, later holding numerous other appointments at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
A member of the ADA and a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, he has been a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a member and chair of the New York State Board of Dentistry, and a chair of the American Dental Education Association Section on Clinic Administration. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of Dental Education, and the American Journal of Infection Control as well.
“TouroCDM is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Ronnie Myers take the helm,” said Goldsmith. “I know he will implement many exciting educational programs. In my role as dean emeritus, I look forward to continuing to attract and advise faculty and students and securing additional affiliations.”
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