Tarnow is Honored by Academy of Osseointegration

Dr. Dennis Tarnow, clinical professor of periodontology and director of implant education at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, has been presented with the 2023 Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award. The award was present at the annual meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration, held March 16-18 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Tarnow teaching in a dental lab

The award, which is given in recognition of an individual’s impact on, and leadership in, the field of implant dentistry research and/or education, is named for Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the founder of osseointegration. 

“I was fortunate to have been part of the first team trained by Dr. Brånemark in 1982,” Tarnow says. Brånemark developed the process of fusing titanium implants to bone and it was the first time, Tarnow says, that there was long-term research by a clinician to demonstrate that implants could work.

“We’ve since modified the process to make it faster, easier and less invasive,” Tarnow says. “But I think he should have been given the Nobel Prize for this work. He changed the entire world of dentistry and I am very honored to have received the award that carries his name."

Read more on the Academy of Osseointegration website