Eastman Dental Center Becomes Part of University of Rochester Medical Center

July 29, 1997

With the affiliation of the Eastman Dental Center with the University of Rochester Medical Center on July 1, 1997, the resources and energies of EDC and URMC are now combined into one organization dedicated to becoming the foremost institution worldwide for oral health care, dental post-graduate education, and dental research.

EDC has joined the URMC as a peer organization alongside Strong Memorial Hospital, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, and the UR Medical Faculty Practice Group. It will be known as University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center. Six members of the EDC Board of Trustees have joined the URMC Board.

Several events held at the EDC on Monday, July 28th celebrated the affiliation. Participating were board members, faculty, and staff of EDC and URMC.

Operations at the EDC and the URMC's two dental departments -- Clinical Dentistry and Dental Research -- will remain unchanged for now, with patient appointments and clinical activities remaining the same. Director of the EDC is Ronald J. Billings, D.D.S., M.S.D. Chairman of the Department of Dental Research is Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D. Chairman of the Department of Clinical Dentistry is Cyril Meyerowitz, B.D.S., M.S.

The EDC's endowment will be placed in a separate foundation, the EDC Foundation, Inc., and preserved exclusively for the advancement of oral health. A nine- member board of directors will provide oversight for the endowment, which is approximately $41 million.

"We are pleased that the Center is now affiliated with the URMC," says Wilfred A. Springer, D.D.S., president of the EDC's board of trustees. "Our combined resources in dental education, research, and patient care will not only expand Rochester's role locally, but also in the national and international dental arenas. By working in partnership, the Eastman Dental Center and the University's departments of Clinical Dentistry and Dental Research will make a difference in ways that we could not do alone."

"George Eastman anticipated this affiliation in a letter he wrote in 1920, and now in 1997 that vision has become reality. The combination of these two outstanding entities will produce the nation's number one institution for oral health, post-graduate dental education, and research," says Jay H. Stein, M.D., senior vice president and vice provost for health affairs at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dentistry at URMC

The University of Rochester Medical Center has a long and distinguished tradition in dental research, education, and clinical care. Its Department of Dental Research is internationally recognized for its basic research in oral health and disease, and is ranked number one by the National Institutes of Health in the funding of dental departments in medical schools. In addition, four federally funded training programs are offered including oral cell and molecular biology, cariology, summer training for minority students, and an institutional dental scientist program that combines a clinical residency with Ph.D.-level training.

The Department of Clinical Dentistry offers post-doctoral programs in oral and maxillofacial surgery and general hospital dentistry, conducts clinical research, and provides clinical care. A federally funded training program in clinical research is offered. Clinical services of more than 25,000 patient visits annually include basic dental care as well as treatment for the medically compromised patient and treatment for those requiring tertiary care.

About The EDC

Eastman Dental Center was founded by George Eastman in 1915. For more than 80 years, EDC has been a leader in advanced clinical training and dental research. Its advanced clinical training programs, which attract dentists from around the world, are in general dentistry, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Exploring ways to advance oral health is the driving force behind EDC's research efforts where studies are funded by the National Institute of Dental Research as well as by dental and pharmaceutical companies. EDC also provides oral health services to more than 25,000 people in the greater Rochester area, conducting approximately 70,000 patient visits annually.

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