Columbia Visiting Professorship Program

Contemporary Issues in Dentistry

Visiting Professors and Student Scholars

Panelists at the 2019 Visiting Professor Program Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Dentistry with Dr. Hod Lipson, Columbia Engineering, and John Morton, Align Technology.

2022 Visiting Professor Program: Should Dentistry Adopt Practices of Primary Care Medicine

David Buchholz, MD

Senior Founding Medical Director, Primary Care

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Complimentary program held in a hybrid format. Attend in-person (seating limited) or virtually. 4.25 CE credits awarded.

This program is presented in partnership with the Association of Dental Alumni, and with support from Dr. Ralph Kaslick '59, Perio '62, and The Dunning Memorial Fund.

Program Schedule

11:30 a.m. Check-in with boxed lunch available for in-person attendees

11:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Dr. James B. Fine, Dean Christian Stohler, and Dr. Ralph S. Kaslick '59, Perio '62, Chairman

11:45-12:45 p.m. Visiting Professor Presentation

Dr. David Buchholz

Outstanding Primary Care

This presentation will focus on what is needed for a state-of-the art primary care practice including architectural design, provider, and staff composition, value-based insurance contracts and electronic health records/practice management systems.

12:45-1:15 p.m. Student Scholar Presentation

Nolan Wendling, DDS '23

Lifelong Learning and Periodic Assessments

Faculty Mentor: Richard Yoon, Vice Chair, Section of Growth & Development; Program Director, Specialty Training in Pediatric Dentistry

1:15 p.m. Break

1:30 p.m. Student Scholar Presentation

Kenechi Okany, DDS, Perio '24

Promoting Health Equity by Redefining the Oral Healthcare Delivery System Using the Medical Models

Faculty Mentor: George JenkinsAssociate Dean for Access, Equity and Inclusion

2:00 p.m. Student Scholar Presentation

Shelly D. Taylor, DMD, MPH, Perio '24

Interprofessional Healthcare Management: Importance of the Integrated Electronic Healthcare Record

Faculty Mentor: Sharon Perelman, Chief Medical Informatics Officer

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Visiting Professor Keynote Presentation

Dr. David Buchholz

Should Dentistry Look More Like Medicine?

This talk will focus on opportunities for collaboration or partnerships in care, physical space, insurance contracting, and electronic medical records and practice management systems, to improve the overall health of the communities we serve.

3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion

4:30 p.m. Conclude

Meet the Visiting Professor

  • David Buchholz, MD

    • Senior Founding Medical Director, Primary Care
    • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center

    Dr. David Buchholz is a general pediatrician and the senior founding medical director for primary care at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Buchholz received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago and completed internship and residency at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Since graduating from residency, he has worked as a general pediatrician, medical administrator, medical informaticist, and faculty member at Pacific Medical Centers, Swedish Health System, and the University of California, San Francisco.  He worked at Premera Blue Cross for 4 years as the medical director for provider and customer engagement before joining the faculty of Columbia in September of 2019 where he serves as the physician lead over the expansion of primary care for Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian.

Visiting Professor Program Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Ralph S. Kaslick '59, Perio '62

    • Chairman, Columbia Visiting Professor Program, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Dr. Christian S. Stohler

    • Professor and Dean, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC)
  • Dr. James B. Fine

    • Senior Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Chief Practice Director, Faculty Practices, Professor of Dental Medicine (Periodontics) at CUMC
  • Dr. John Grbic

    • Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Director, Division of Foundational Sciences, Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC
  • Dr. Joseph M. McManus

    • Senior Associate Dean of Admissions, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC

About the Visiting Professor Program

To remain a leader in dental medicine, each individual must carefully examine current and future issues-- often controversial-- in our rapidly evolving field.

Since 1980, the Columbia Visiting Professor Program at CDM has invited those at the forefront of dental medicine to discuss the evolving field and the professional challenges our students, alumni, and faculty will face. This program is presented in partnership with the Association of Dental Alumni, and with support from Dr. Ralph Kaslick '59, Perio '62 and The Dunning Memorial Fund. Further information can be found at the Visiting Professor Overview.

Past Lecturers

2021: Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH

2019: Hod Lipson, PhD and John Morton

2018: Dr. Ronald L. Ettinger

2017:  Douglas E. Peterson, DMD, PhD, FDS RCSEd

2016:  Donald B. Giddon, DMD, PhD

2015: Marko Vujicic, PhD

2014: Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD

2013: Amit Acharya, BDS, MS, PhD

2012: Joseph M. McManus, DMD, MS, MHA, MS

2011: Elizabeth A. Mertz, PhD

2010: Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH

2009: Teresa A. Dolan, DDS, MPH

2008: Michael Glick, DMD

2007: Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH

2006: Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH

2005: Allan J. Formicola, DDS

2004: Chester W. Douglass, DMD, PhD

2003: Diarmuid B. Shanley, BDS, MA, MSD, DOdont(hon)

2001: Charles Bertalomi, DDS, DMSc

2000: Marjorie K. Jeffcoat, DMD

1999: Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD

1998: Brian A. Burt, BDS, MPH, PhD

1997: Harold C. Slavkin, DDS

1996: David E. Barmes, DDSc, MPH

1995: Robert P. Langlais, DDS, MS

1994: Dominick P. DePaola, DDS, PhD

1993: Ben D. Barker, DDS, MEd

1992: David A. Nash, DMD, EdD

1991: Linda C. Niessen, DMD, MPH

1990: Myron Allukian, Jr., DDS, MPH

1989: Irwin D. Mandel, DDS, DSc(Hon) DOdon(Hon)

1988: Thomas J. Ginley, MS, PhD

1987: Lois K.Cohen, PhD

1986: Raymond P. White, Jr., DDS, PhD

1985: Lawrence H. Meskin, DDS, MPH

1984: Seymour I. Nash, DDS

1983: Alvin L. Morris, DDS, PhD

1982: D. Walter Cohen, DDS

1981: Charles A. McCallum, DMD, MD

1980:  I. Lawrence Kerr, DDS