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Ira Lamster Named Dean of School of Dental and Oral Surgery

Ira B. Lamster

Ira B. Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.Sc., has been named dean of Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, announced Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D., Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. The appointment is effective October 8, 2001.

"We are pleased to have Dr. Lamster as dean of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery," said Dr. Fischbach. "We welcome his years of experience and his remarkable ability to promote research collaborations. We look forward to continued and enhanced collaboration between SDOS and the other schools of the Health Sciences—the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health and the School of Nursing."

Lamster succeeds Allan J. Formicola, D.D.S., who is retiring after 23 years of service. Formicola has accepted a position within the health sciences administration.

"I am particularly delighted with the selection of Dr. Ira Lamster," said Formicola. "We have worked together many years and I know first hand that he will make an excellent dean. He brings not only extensive and important research experience to the position, but also a strong commitment to and understanding for the community in which we operate and serve."

Lamster joined Columbia in 1988, serving as director of the Division of Periodontics before being named vice dean of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1998. He obtained his D.D.S. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed graduate specialty training in periodontology and oral medicine at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. Lamster also received graduate degrees from the University of Chicago (S.M.) and Harvard University (M.M.Sc.)

Lamster has extensive experience in oral health research, spearheading initiatives in a wide variety of subject areas (such as diagnostic testing and risk assessment for periodontal disease, the interrelationship of oral infection and systemic disease, and chemotherapy for periodontal diseases) and serving as chairman of the Dental and Craniofacial Research panel of the American Dental Association's Future of Dentistry project. He serves on the editorial boards of "Journal of Periodontology" and "Journal of Clinical Periodontology" and is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Medicine.

"The School of Dental and Oral Surgery is fortunate to be part of an environment that promotes collaboration with the other schools in the Health Sciences Division and the University," said Lamster. "These collaborations have led to important advances in dental and craniofacial research and clinical care. I am pleased to accept the role as dean of this institution and look forward to furthering joint efforts with the University and our surrounding community."

Lamster was selected by a University-wide search committee, chaired by Thomas Q. Morris, M.D., senior associate vice president of the health sciences.

Published: Oct 08, 2001
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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