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Eastman Dental’s Subtelny Awarded NYS Dental Association’s Highest Honor

Jul. 27, 2011
J. Daniel Subtelny, D.D.S.

Eastman Dental’s J. Daniel Subtelny, D.D.S., of Pittsford, was recently presented the New York State Dental Association’s highest honor, the Jarvie-Burkhart Award, in recognition of the great service rendered to mankind in dentistry. The NYS Dental Association is a constituent of the American Dental Association and represents more than 13,000 dentists practicing in New York State.

Named after dental pioneers William Jarvie and Harvey Burkhart, the award was presented to Subtelny, age 89, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost educators in orthodontics. After serving as chairman of the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Division at Eastman Dental for 50 years, he has returned to that role, as well as program director.

Subtelny was one of the early members of the internationally recognized multi-disciplinary cleft palate teams. He has been a pioneer in the field of craniofacial orthodontics, even before the term was coined. He founded the Cleft Palate Team at the Eastman Dental Dispensary and incorporated the diagnosis and treatment of patients with craniofacial anomalies into his orthodontic curriculum. Many other orthodontic programs around the world have since followed suit. He has lectured on six continents discussing this very topic. He has trained hundreds of orthodontic graduate students, supervised their research and theses, published 70 peer reviewed scientific papers, several book chapters and wrote a text book titled Early Orthodontic Treatment, published in 2000.

Subtelny is the only individual to date to have received all four of the following highest honors in the orthodontic profession:

·         American Association of Orthodontists’ (AAO) research honor, the Milo Hellman Award (1959)

·         AAO Foundation’s honor for teaching, the Louise Ada Jarabek Memorial International Orthodontic Teachers and Research Award  (1993)

·         American Board of Orthodontics - Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award (1996)

·         AAO’s James E. Brophy Distinguished Service Award (2006).

“Dr. Subtelny is an excellent educator who has contributed significantly,” said Cyril Meyerowitz, D.D.S., director of Eastman Institute for Oral Health. “He is revered by his students and has as much enthusiasm today as he did 35 years ago.”

Subtelny served as president of the American Cleft Palate Association (1964), president of the International Society of Craniofacial Biology (1965), president and director of the American Board of Orthodontics (1969-1976). He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics (1964), a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (1980), a Fellow of the American College of Dentists (1986), and a founding member of the North-Atlantic component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists. He has served on many editorial review boards including the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, the Journal of the Angle Orthodontist, and the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal.

He has also been recognized by the American Cleft Palate Association for his distinguished service (1980), and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry honored him with a distinguished Alumni Award in 1997. In 1997, the Orthodontic Clinic at the Eastman Dental Center was renovated and named in his honor. The same day, the Mayor of Rochester, New York, and the Monroe County Executive presented him with a Joint Proclamation stating that June 20, 1997, be named the J. Daniel Subtelny Day. This was in recognition for his years of treatment of children with craniofacial needs.

In 1999, he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Athens. The American Association of Orthodontists also named its 2006 education conference in Subtelny’s honor. The Eastman Orthodontic Alumni Association and the University of Rochester has also established The J. Daniel Subtelny Endowed Chair and Professorship to preserve his educational legacy

Subtelny graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He received his orthodontic certificate and Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois.

Founded nearly 100 years ago by George Eastman, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, now part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, today employs 500 people and is a world leader in research and post-doctoral education in general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery. Service includes 147,000 patient visits, treating children and adults throughout the Greater Rochester region at many locations.