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The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, 1916-2016

In 1916, Columbia University established the School of Dentistry (now known as the College of Dental Medicine). In 1917, the university merged the school with the newly acquired New York Post-graduate School of Dentistry and New York School of Dental Hygiene. To those working in the health sciences, the move was a powerful signal of a field on the rise. It recognized dental medicine as a key component of individual and social well-being and initiated a monumental era in medical innovation and progressive public health outcomes. This hundred-year history shares the turbulent story of dentistry, a medical field in the making. It recounts the institutional battles and research controversies that set the terms for the development and practice of dentistry. The assimilation of the dental school into the university system was not smooth. Rivalries played out in public and in private; traditionalists fought the inclusion of a young and evolving medical approach. Once the school found its footing, the College of Dental Medicine developed rapidly, and by the end of the twentieth century, had successfully launched a series of global outreach programs that immeasurably helped impoverished and underserved communities worldwide. The school's work now includes transitioning the field into the digital age and effecting even greater change in the lives of those without access to high-quality dental care. Featuring fascinating biographical details of the school's major teachers, administrators, and graduates, this book secures the reputation of Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine as a global leader in advancing the public good.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. 1916-1941: A Dental School on University Lines 2. 1941-1978: Living Up to Standards: The Difficult Years 3. 1978-2001: The Leap to the Future: Reaching Out 4. 2001-2013: The New Millennium: The School of Dental and Oral Surgery Becomes the College of Dental Medicine 5. 2013-2016 and Beyond: Plans for the Next 100 Years 6. Students and Alumni Appendix 1: The Founding Document Appendix 2: The Predecessor Institutions from 1852 Through 1923 Appendix 3: Letter from Victor S. Koussow to Arthur T. Rowe Appendix 4: Funded Search Studies in the 2014-2015 Year Appendix 5: Members of the College of Dental Medicine Board of Advisors Appendix 6: Presidents of the Alumni Organization Appendix 7: Columbia University Alumni Distinguished Service Medal Awardees Appendix 8: College of Dental Medicine Distinguished Alumni Awardees Appendix 9: A Snapshot of Distinguished Graduates of the College of Dental Medicine Appendix 10: The Deans of the Dental School and Directors of the Dental Hygiene Program Appendix 11: Milestones in the History of the College of Dental Medicine: 1916-2016 Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Allan J. Formicola is dean emeritus of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Subsequent to his appointment as dean, he established the Center for Community Health Partnership at Columbia University, which merged with the Center for Family Medicine. He is the coauthor, with Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero, of Mobilizing the Community for Better Health: What the Rest of America Can Learn from Northern Manhattan (Columbia, 2010).


An exploration of the important history of Columbia University and its effect on the nation and the world. A remarkable book about a critical achievement in the history of human health. -- Leon Assael, dean, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota This book should be required reading for dental school deans, administrators, faculty, and even students who have to decide where to apply and where to go to dental school. Allan J. Formicola has the comprehensive overview of this subject matter, detailed insights in the life of this institution, and a solid understanding of the complexity of academic life in dental schools like no one else. -- Marita Inglehart, University of Michigan School of Dentistry Formicola has done an outstanding job with this well-written, factual, and interesting history of the past hundred years at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. It is a significant contribution to the history of dental education and an appropriate historical tribute to the school. -- Howard Bailit, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

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