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Gerald N. Graser Surgical Implant Fellowship

The Gerald N. Graser Surgical Implant Fellowship was created in 2002 to honor its namesake, Dr. Gerald N. Graser, the second Chairman of Eastman’s Prosthodontic Department. The Fellowship was made possible by the generous contributions of alumni, friends, corporate and professional leaders.

The fellowship emphasizes advanced surgical education and training in dental implantology and related sciences. It aims to couple implant-related education with novel learning in teaching methodologies in collaboration with the Warner School of Education. 

The fellowship, registered by the New York State Department of Education, is committed to providing unique learning opportunities to qualified candidates. Fellows learn and practice all surgical phases of dental implantology in close contact with dual- and fellowship-trained faculty members. 

Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend leadership seminars, to pursue a part-time or full-time academic position and to be innovative in their academic contributions.

Our Program At a Glance

60 %

Weekly patient treatment time

20 %

Weekly didactic time

10 %

Weekly research time

10 %

Weekly teaching time

Dr. Carlo Ercoli

Carlo ErcoliDr. Carlo Ercoli graduated from the “Enrico Berlinguer” Dental Technology Institute in Rome in 1987 and obtained his dental degree from the University of Siena, Italy in 1993. He specialized in Prosthodontics in 1996 at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York, where he also completed a one-year training in  Orofacial  Pain  and  Temporomandibular  Joint  Disorders  in  1997.  In  2012,  he  achieved  specialty certification in Periodontology at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health. In 2019, he  obtained  his  MBA  from  the  Simon  Business  School  of  the  University  of  Rochester.  He  is  currently Professor and Chairman of the Prosthodontic Specialty Training Program at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health and a faculty member of the Periodontology Program. Dr. Ercoli is a diplomate of the American Boards of Prosthodontics and Periodontology, an ITI Fellow and holds  memberships  in  several  dental  organizations  including  the  American  Academy  of  Periodontology, the  American  College  of  Prosthodontists,  Academy  of  Osseointegration,  American  Academy  of  Fixed Prosthodontics, Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics and American Prosthodontic Society. He is a  Past  President  of  the  American  Prosthodontic  Society,  Executive  Council  Member  of  the  Academy  of Prosthodontics,  American  Academy  of  Fixed  Prosthodontics  and  a  Honorary  Member  of  the  Italian Academy of Prosthodontics. In 2020, he received the Educator of the Year Award by the American College of Prosthodontists.

What Our Fellows Say

The Gerald N. Graser Implant Surgical Fellowship provided me with advanced knowledge and clinical experience in dental implantology. The individualized guidance I received from the faculty members was invaluable and enhanced my surgical skills to a great extent. Moreover, the novel curriculum of the Fellowship which included surgical implant dentistry and teaching methodologies, together with the experience of attending leadership workshops, paved my path to an academic career.