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A Message from Dr. Eli Eliav

Dr. Eli Eliav

Thanks to the teamwork of our dedicated faculty, staff and alumni, we’ve completed many important initiatives and started new ones.

We continue to lead the way in interdisciplinary treatment by engaging our colleagues throughout the Medical Center. The exceptional team led by Dr. Antonia Kolokythas and includes Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gui Cristiano, and Periodontist and Prosthodontist Dr. Carlo Ercoli conducted a patient’s tumor removal and full reconstruction in one procedure. That’s a first for the UR Medical Center and Upstate New York. And, residents are involved every step of the way learning the importance and value of the interdisciplinary approach.

After years of planning, we unveiled our new Specialty Care clinic, a greatly needed service in our region. This new clinic, led by Dr. Wayne Lipschitz, complements the oral health services we provide in the hospital and at the Complex Care Center. Patients with a wide range of medically complex conditions and special needs can seek quality comprehensive care in one of these clinics. Thanks to all our donors who made the new clinic and all the other renovations possible to improve and enhance patient treatment and the educational experience.

We were delighted to host the first national Teledentistry Conference, and a pre-conference session of the American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry’s Once Voice annual conference. The first ever Eastman International Alliance Grand Rounds took place in real time with our sister institutions.

We are especially proud of our recent CODA visit, with absolutely no reporting requirements. This would never have happened without the outstanding team of faculty who are consistently diligent about quality and compliance.  

We established the new Clinical and Translational Research Core, and named Dr. Dorota Kopycka-Kedzierawski director. Other EIOH research endeavors are stronger than ever, placing us ninth in the top 10 NIDCR rankings.

Our consistent top NIDCR ranking is due in large part to the work of Dr. Rob Quivey, who announced he’s stepping down as Center for Oral Biology director.  We’re grateful for his years of leadership and look forward to a continued working relationship with him.

A simple thank you doesn’t capture the gratitude for those who have recently retired. We’re very grateful for their role as a valued part of the Eastman legacy. Congratulations to all the faculty who have earned promotions. We continue to build the next generation of leaders and I couldn’t be more proud of the remarkable, hard working team we have throughout EIOH.

We look forward to another great year of increased collaborations to better serve our patients, break down barriers to care, and advance our research and education programs to a new level.

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