Be Part of a Bright Future
Access to dental care is especially problematic for vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, whether they live at
home or in a facility, low income children and adults, those with developmental disabilities, and people with
medically complex conditions, such as cancer and various immune deficiencies.
With your support, we can continue to educate and provide preventive services that will end the cycle.
The demand for high quality, efficient oral health services among the area's vulnerable significantly exceeds the
supply. Won't you please join us in investing in the future of our community? Thank you! Check out the
plans for our upcoming renovations to improve our educational and clinical services: Let's Build the Future Together
Naming Our New State-of-the-Art Specialty Care Dental
In order to provide appropriate, specialized care for complex dental cases and
patients who are medically compromised or have intellectual or developmental disabilities, we will create a new,
multidisciplinary clinical space that will accommodate a variety of dental, physical, and behavioral needs.
Currently a majority of patients with special needs, chronic or facial pain, or those with oral conditions that are
caused by or present alongside complex medical diagnoses, are unable to receive appropriate dental care. Hundreds of
these patients each year receive care under general anesthesia in an operating room at great cost and potential risk
- not because it is necessary but because it is the only option for the patients. EIOH needs to build a dedicated
space where special needs patients and those who would not be seen in our other clinics can receive care. As part of
this commitment to serving underserved patient populations, our dental residents would receive hand-on training and
exposure to caring for medically complex patients so that they will be more comfortable doing so when they complete
their training and enter private practice. Prominent spaces in the new clinic can be named for $350,000 or more, depending on the
The General Dentistry Clinic cares for the highest volume of patients
across Eastman's units and satellite locations, providing advanced dental care to underserved patients in
upstate New York. In addition, the clinic is a training ground for the largest group of dental residents each year
and crucial to further resident education and assess patients' specialty needs. A gift to transform this highly
visible clinic will greatly improve the facility and add essential technology upgrades to enhance resident training
and patient care.
Supporting the salary, benefits research space, special projects, programming and areas of critical need honor
acclaimed leaders who perform groundbreaking research, mentor junior faculty, and attract and train talented dental
residents and researchers. Naming the Director position would link a donor's name with excellence in
worldwide dental leadership in perpetuity.
Endowed Professorships and Teaching Fellowships: $750,000 to $1,500,000 or more
Professorships recognize and foster excellence and are among the most coveted and defining rewards that a faculty
member can receive. These enduring funds will allow us to honor acclaimed leaders who perform groundbreaking
research; teach and mentor dental residents, Ph.D. candidates, and junior faculty; and provide quality care to
patients. Your generosity allows us to recognize, retain and recruit top leaders in academic dentistry and research.
In addition, our support of teaching fellowships will ensure our practicing dentists and researchers are able to
spend time educating future leaders in oral healthcare.
Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowships: $500,000 or more
Endowed fellowships provide significant work experience for clinicians to hone their skills and further explore a
dental specialty, or for scientists to conduct in -depth research that advances oral health. Fellowships for
international students can support a clinical division or more than one division of your choice on a rotating basis.
Research Innovation Funds: $100,000 to $999,999
Funding to support a laboratory or research project is vital to helping our dental residents, Ph.D. researchers, and
faculty find better treatments and cures. You can support a young investigator, a new method for providing dental
care, or a collaborative team working across disciplines and dental specialties on innovative discoveries and
advances that will impact individuals around the world and in our community.
Department Focused Gift Opportunities
“No amount of money can demonstrate how much Dr. Caton has meant to me. Contributing to his fellowship is
an honor.” --Dan Weitz, DDS (Perio’ 13)
“Watching Eastman Dental morph into the Eastman Institute for Oral Health has been exciting. For me, the new
urgent care portion of Eastman Institute was a logical place to direct my commitment” Jack W. Howitt,
AB, DDS (BA ’56, Pedo ’62)
Renovation Initiative Floor Plans and Naming Opportunities
several interior design concepts for spaces throughout the building renovations. You can also view the floor
plans and various naming opportunities.