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Buccal Bits & Lingual Views: Volume 6


Some Very Fine Fellows, Indeed

Achieving Fellow status in prsional organizations such as the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists is a prestigious accomplishment. When new Fellows of both the ICD and the ACD were inducted last fall, New Jersey Dental School was well represented by:

International College of Dentists

  • Dr. Michael Della Rosa (D'72)
  • Dr. Cecile Feldman
  • Dr. John Graeber (D'72)
  • Dr. Fotinos Panagakos ('92)
  • Dr. Patrick Quaranta (D'72)
  • Dr. Gregory Shupik
  • Dr. Gary Vitaletti (D'72)

American College of Dentists

  • Dr. Veronica Bikofsky ('79)
  • Dr. Emil Cappetta ('72)
  • Dr. Peter DeSciscio ('85)
  • Dr. Maurice Hill (D'72)
  • Dr. E. Dianne Rekow


Excellence Rewarded for Dean's List Students

Last October, Acting Dean Cecile Feldman hosted the 2nd Annual Dean's Scholarship Reception. Through the efforts of Omega Omega Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a "Dean's List" was created to recognize scholastic achievement by dental students at New Jersey Dental School. More than 50 students from the Classes of 2000, 2001, and 2002 received certificates from Dr. Feldman for achieving a grade point average at or above 3.5.

Congratulations on a job well done are extended to:


Brad J. Elkin
Denise C. Fleischmann
Mario Frangiskou
Sonal J. Gandhi
Sharon Kaminetzky
Irina Lekht
Manolis G. Manolakakis
Ernesta Parisi
Kimberly A. Perkins
Suzanne Reinhardt
Gila Sandhaus
Zev Schulhof
Robert Sieman


Agnieszka D. Bara
James C. Byrne
David J. Caggiano
Jennifer Christopher
Michael Cicalese
Darryl S. Engel
Fariba Farrokhi
Tara L. Gostovich
Melissa Grieder
David Kallus
Stephen L. Kao
Alison H. Lee
Gerardo Linarducci
Robert Lorino
Rene Majsiak
Heather T. Messing


Nathan C. Miller
Anup Muduli
Robert J. Murray
Lori M. Nasif
Jonathan A. Nitche
Derek R. Noonan
Suzanne Padovano
Michael Pallante
Sarah C. Rich
Andrew T. Ruvo
Adam B. Schulhof
Shreyans Shah
Aleksandr Shor
Blanca I. Soto
David M. Stein
Elana S. Wolf


Kenneth Banasiak
Allison Berger
William Coakley
Nikhil Desai
Lisa Doe
Boris Kalika
Miryam Lebovic
Richard Malek
Jonathan Noll
Anna Patras
Matthew Peluso
Eric Segall
Tara Sulkowski


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Nila Leon Named as DAA Coordinator

A Familiar Face in a New Place

Anything that is a concern to New Jersey Dental School alumni is now a concern to Nilda Leon. She's the new Dental Alumni Association Coordinator at the school.

Ms. Leon, who began her new position in March, has worked at NJDS for 13 years. She most recently was the administrative coordinator for the Division of Endodontics. She also worked in various secretarial positions within the school's Department of Prosthodontics and
Biomaterials and Office of Student Affairs. Ms. Leon replaces Carolyn Dennis-Phillips.

"As the Alumni Association Coordinator, Nilda is ready and willing to assist all alumni with any question or problem," says Dr. Peter DeSciscio ('85), president of the Dental Alumni Association. "She is a tremendous asset to our association and to the New Jersey Dental School."

Ms. Leon's phone number is (973) 972-6883, and her e-mail address is leonni@umdnj.edu.

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Dr. Ricciani Appointed to N.J. State Board of Dentistry

Dr. John Ricciani ('70) was appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry last September by Governor Christie Todd Whitman.

Dr. Ricciani, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Community Health, is also vice regent, District IV, of the International College of Dentists. He is Fellow of the International College; the American College of Dentists; the Pierre Fauchard Academy; the
Academy of General Dentistry; and the Academy of Dentistry Internationale. He also chairs the New Jersey Dental Association's Credentials Committee.

The new board member practices and resides in Trenton, New Jersey.

Dr. Richard Vogel ('71) has a new career as executive associate dean at New York University, College of Dentistry.

Dr. Richard Vogel ('71), former chairman of the Department of Oral Pathology, Biology and Diagnostic Sciences (OPBDS), has a new career as executive associate dean at New York University, College of Dentistry.

"It was a bittersweet decision," says Dr. Vogel, who began his new job in January. "I have been part of New Jersey Dental School for over 30 years and was saddened to leave, but I simply could not pass up the challenge to help build a new undergraduate dental program at NYU."

Dr. Vogel was also the acting associate dean of academic affairs and taught in the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral dental programs at NJDS. While at the school, he was the principal investigator for more than 10 research grants and the primary author of more than 30 scientific articles and 20 abstracts.


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Dr. Daniel Fine is serving as the acting chairman of OPBDS.

After 27 years at New Jersey Dental School, Dr. Wayne T. Harris has decided that his next implant will be the Jersey tomatoes in his garden.

Dr. Harris is the former chairman of the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics and founder and director of the post-graduate prosthodontics program. In retirement, he plans to pursue some of his hobbies, which include sailing, woodworking, and of course, gardening. Dr. W. Ralph Opderbeck, associate professor of Endodontics, is retiring on June 2. He has been a faculty member since 1974; in 1978 he received the Excellence in Teaching award. Dr. Opderbeck was also a group practice administrator from 1989 to 1996. Another colleague from the Division of Endodontics, Dr. Martin Cameron, retired in February.

Dr. Cameron joined the NJDS faculty in 1990 and became an associate professor in 1994. He was also an adjunct assistant professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Injury Sciences at New Jersey Medical School.


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