Columbia University Medical Center Faculty Named To Leadership Positions At The American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry's Annual Session

NEW YORK, NY, July 12, 2004 – Four faculty members from Columbia University Medical Center’s School of Dental & Oral Surgery were named to top leadership positions at the Annual Session of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in San Francisco in May.

Jed M. Best, D.D.S., was named a national advisor for Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine to American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). Dr. Best is associate clinical professor at the CUMC School of Dental & Oral Surgery.

Margot H. Jaffe, D.D.S., was also appointed a national ABPD advisor. Dr. Jaffe, who is an assistant clinical professor at the CUMC School of Dental & Oral Surgery, is serving on the APBD Board’s Growth and Development group. For more information on the ABPD Advisory Council, visit

Steven Chussid, D.D.S., associate clinical professor and division director of Pediatric Dentistry at the CUMC School of Dental & Oral Surgery, was appointed to represent District I for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Oral Health Initiative. The Oral Health Initiative seeks to eliminate the disparities in oral health status based on economics, and assure access to oral health services for low income children.

Martin Davis, D.D.S., has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Pediatric Dental Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Formerly president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Dr. Davis has also been named the District I (Northeastern U.S.) member of the AAPD Council on Predoctoral Affairs. Dr. Davis is associate dean for the School of Dental & Oral Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

Lois Jackson, D.D.S., associate clinical professor at the CUMC School of Dental & Oral Surgery, has stepped down after completing three successful years as the District I Trustee for the HRSA. ### *Located in New York City, Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic and clinical research, medical education, and health care. The medical center includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, and other health professionals from the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the School of Dental & Oral Surgery, the School of Nursing, the Mailman School of Public Health, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Columbia University physicians and scientists achieved some of the 20th century's most significant medical breakthroughs, including the first blood test for cancer, the first medical use of the laser, and the first successful transfer of genes from one cell to another. This pioneering tradition continues today through 24 departments and several specialized research centers and institutes acclaimed for work in neuroscience and neurology, emerging infectious diseases, diabetes, community health, and many other areas of expertise.

The School of Dental and Oral Surgery (SDOS) at Columbia University Medical Center, founded in 1917, is located in northern Manhattan. In addition to providing education programs for pre- and post-doctoral candidates, SDOS conducts research in state-of-the-art facilities and oversees an extensive community-based service program for residents in the surrounding community – a federally designated medical and dental manpower shortage area. Outreach into the community includes dental programs in seven area public schools, a dental van, and three off-site community-based dental clinics, providing state-of-the-art care to an underserved population as well as a rich learning environment for students at SDOS. Visit us on the web:


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