Reunion Weekend

We can't wait to welcome you back! 

Reunion Weekend plans will include a Kick-off Reception on Friday, May 20 on Columbia's new Manhattanville Campus, an impressive and modern space spanning W. 125 to 135th Streets from Broadway to 12th Avenue.  

The Reunion Day program on Saturday, May 21 will be held at the Medical Center in the new Vagelos Education Center on Haven Avenue.  An array of educational workshops will be offered in the morning, followed by a brunch and speaker program highlighting innovations at CDM in clinical care and education.  We'll celebrate the reunion classes at the Recognition Luncheon, and campus tours and a closing reception will follow.

Reunion Weekend Events are subsidized by the College of Dental Medicine. To offset costs and to help confirm the number of attendees expected, a partial fee is charged for the receptions and luncheon. Donations to the Reunion Fund fully support scholarships and other fundraising initiatives and are not used towards event expenses. 

Register for Alumni Reunion


Access the Columbia University Travel Portal for negotiated rates at preferred hotels. 

University Requirements to Attend Reunion In-Person

All visitors who enter any campus facility for any period of time, must be vaccinated, including booster, and show proof of vaccination as part of visitor attestation. All visitors will also be required to fill out a COVID-19 health attestation form.


Friday, May 20

4:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Reunion Kickoff Reception

Oliva Tapas, 3229 Broadway at W. 130 St. - Columbia University Manhattanville Campus

Saturday, May 21

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Reunion Day Program

Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Ave. at W. 171 St. - Columbia University Irving Medical Center Campus

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Educational Workshops

Select one:

  • A Wellness Paradigm: Styling Your Life for Optimal Patient Care
    Purnima Rathi-Hernandez, DDS '92, Peds '90
    Can lifestyle, meaning how we eat, sleep and manage our stresses, influence how we show up for our patients? As health professionals our personal mindset and well-being is imperative when caring for others. If not, burnout is around the corner. Just because we can walk, talk and engage in daily functions, it does not mean we are in the best of health. In fact, as healthcare professionals we may have unintentionally designed a lifestyle which may not align with our physiology and/or genetics. For instance, the daily stresses of running a practice, managing employees, managing patients, and meeting the needs of our families may leave us in a time famine for self. Meaning not having adequate time for selfcare. Long-term engagement in such a strenuous lifestyle will reliably take its toll on the body, influence its physiology, lead to development of pathology and ultimately chronic diseases. So, no matter where we are in our lifecycle and no matter what our medical resume reads, know that lifestyle can make a difference. The speaker will discuss the WHY, WHAT, WHEN and HOW around the lifestyle factors. She will provide self-care hygiene tips that one can incorporate the next day to positively influence your personal well-being and vitality.
  • Dental Malpractice, Informed Consent, and Risk Management
    Marc Leffler, DDS '82, Esq.
    The course will describe the legal components necessary to prove a dental malpractice case, based upon claims of negligence and lack of informed consent.  After discussing those principles, and taking participants through each step of a lawsuit (including the optional opportunity of being cross-examined), actual case examples will be used to demonstrate how various issues can affect case outcome.  The presentation will also consider risk management concepts including recordkeeping – both electronic and handwritten – and record maintenance, the consequence of premature disposal of records, the role of office staff in risk management, and means of self-protection, both before and during litigation.  Participants will gain an understanding of dental malpractice and will be better able to prevent it from occurring.
  • Rethinking Your Patients Persistent Pain: Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges
    Donald Tanenbaum, DDS '82, MPH
    The lecture will focus on distinguishing somatic from neuropathic and central mediated pain and will review treatment strategies that fit each specific diagnosis. Medications, oral appliances, and injection therapeutic options will be the focus of the treatment discussion. 

11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Welcome Brunch

Refreshments and reuniting.

12:15 - 2:00 p.m. Faculty Presentations

  1. Greetings; Charting the Future
    Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent
  2. Reinventing Clinical Education & Personalizing Patient Care
    Steve Erde, MD, PhD, Sharon Perlman, DDS, MMI, FAMIA, and Marc Pusey
  3. Caring for the Community: Service Learning and Patient Care
    Biana Roykh, DDS, MPH, and Amy Kristina Herbert, DDS ‘12

2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Reunion Luncheon

Class Recognition and Distinguished Alumni Awards Presented to:

  • Henry Nahoum, DDS ’43, Ortho ‘52
  • Jeffrey Cloidt, DDS ‘82

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Campus Tours

Explore and rediscover the medical campus with CDM student volunteers.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Reunion Reception

Faculty Club, 4th floor, College of Physicians & Surgeons, 630 W. 168th Street

Speakers & Honorees

To learn more about our speakers and honorees...

Meet the Speakers and Honorees

Class Reunion Reps

Thank you to the alumni who are helping with outreach and planning. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Melissa Welsh at

Honor Your Reunion

Celebrate your reunion year and join your classmates in giving back to CDM by helping current students! Gifts to the Class Reunion Fund will support scholarships- a vital need for CDM to continue to recruit the best and brightest students. 

Learn More about Class Fundraising

Share Your News

Read about what your classmates have been up to and share your updates for the new Digital Class Notes.

Class Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

Which hotels offer a discounted Columbia University rate?

ArtHouse Hotel, 2178 Broadway at W. 77th Street: 800-509-7598

Hotel Beacon, 2130 Broadway at W. 75th Street: 800-572-4969

Hotel Belleclaire, 250 W. 77th Street at Broadway: 877-468-3522

The Empire Hotel, 44 West 63rd St. at Broadway: 212-265-7400

Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available at the NewYork-Presbyterian parking garage located at 115 Fort Washington, between 164th and 165th streets. Vouchers will be available during registration. On Class Reunion Day, present your parking booth ticket at the Reunion welcome table in exchange for the voucher. You can view a campus map on the CUIMC Website.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Melissa Welsh, Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Continuing Education, at or 212-305-6881.

What is the Class Reunion Challenge?

Celebrate your reunion by joining your classmates in giving back to the school and helping current students. Classes that raise $25,000 or more, will be listed on the donor wall of the new Center for Precision Dental Medicine. Alumni interested in individual naming opportunities can contact Geri Connors, Senior Director of Development, at or 212-342-5612.

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