Class Reunion Day 2024

We can't wait to welcome you back! 

The Reunion Day program on Friday, June 7 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.

Agenda - Friday, June 7, 2024

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Educational Workshops

Select one:

Virtual Surgical Planning for Orthognathic Surgery — VEC Room 1202
David Alfi, DDS ‘06, MD ’08, OMFS ‘12
Alfi Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery, Houston TX

This presentation will address new techniques and custom orthognathic surgery.
Participants will learn the virtual planning system including the design of custom plates and custom guided osteotomies

Dr. David Alfi is a board-certified, dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in craniofacial and orthognathic surgery and rehabilitation. He received his DDS from CDM in ’06, MD from VP&S in ’08 and completed his OMFS residency at NYP/CDM in 2012. Dr. Alfi then joined Houston Methodist and Texas Children's Hospital while working as an associate professor and full-scope surgeon. He then started his own private practice with the vision to excel in surgical outcomes and advance the field with research and development of surgical techniques.

Implant Supported Provisionalization in the Aesthetic Zone — CDM Preclinical Lab,  8th Floor, Vanderbilt Clinic

Seung Jun Song, DMD
Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine (Prosthodontics) at CUIMC
Director, Predoctoral Prosthodontics

Dental implant prosthesis has been an integral aspect of contemporary dentistry. Particularly, there has been an increased demand in immediacy both surgically and restoratively. Chairside provisionalization maintains natural soft tissue architectural integrity and provides confidence for the patient throughout a difficult transition period. During this hands-on session, participants will have an opportunity to use 3D printed models, similar those currently in use for CDM implant prosthodontics education.

Upon completion of the simulated chair-side workflow of implant supported provisionalization, participants will understand the following:

  • Pros and Cons of different luting materials (PMMA vs composite resin)
  • Adequate emergence profile for implant supported prostheses
  • The importance of critical and subcritical zone​​​​​​


Endodontic-Implant Pathology — VEC Room 1203
Harold Sussman, DDS '64
Harold Sussman, DDS '64
Former Assistant Clinical Professor, Periodontics

Dr. Harold Sussman received his DDS from CDM in 1964 and completed his Periodontics training at NYU College of Dentistry in 1968. He was a Clinical Professor of Periodontics at NYU from 1968 to 2010, and joined Columbia College of Dental Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Periodontics from 2012 to 2018. Dr. Sussman has 5 US patents and authored 50 scientific publications. He was a consultant and lecturer for Intralock and Salvin Implant Companies.

9:45 - 10:30 AM History of Dentistry in Art: 1470-1870
| VEC Room 1201A

Letty Moss-Salentijn, DDS, PhD
Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine (in Anatomy and Cell Biology)
Vice Dean for Curriculum Innovation and IPE

Dr. Salentijn will discuss the book, The History of Dentistry in 256 Prints 1470-1870, written by her friend and colleague Dr. Gert Schade, DDS, PhD, former chairman of the Dutch Friends of Dental Heritage Foundation. The book was originally published in 2014  to mark the 100th anniversary of the Dutch Dental Association. Dr. Salentijn was instrumental in helping to publish the amended sequel in English.

10:30 AM - 12 PM Welcome Brunch: Refreshments and Reuniting | VEC Room 401

Refreshments and reuniting in the Vagelos Education Center Lobby. 

12 PM - 1:30 PM Faculty Presentations | VEC Room 201

Roseanna Graham, DDS ‘05, PhD 
Interim Dean; Professor of Dental Medicine (Operative Dentistry) at CUIMC
Chair, Section of Restorative Dentistry; Director, Division of Operative Dentistry 

The New Student Learning Experience at CDM 
Laureen Zubiaurre, DMD, PhD 
Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (Operative Dentistry) at CUIMC
James B. Fine, DMD 
Professor of Dental Medicine (Periodontics) at CUIMC 
Senior Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Academic and Student Affairs

Digital Technology: The Future of Dentistry
Ezzard Rolle, DDS 
Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine (Operative Dentistry) at CUIMC

New technologies are changing the way we live our daily life. From smartphones to self-driving cars, the digital revolution has had tremendous impacts on modern society. The healthcare field is particularly being reshaped by the introduction of new digital devices. Dental medicine is no exception: are dentists ready?

Introduction to the New In-house Digital Laboratory 
Seung Song, DMD, MS
Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine (Prosthodontics) at CUIMC
Director, Predoctoral Prosthodontics 

1:30 PM Reunion Luncheon | VEC 401

Class Recognition: Stephanie Dumanian, DDS ’11, Alumni President
Presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards    
Potential awarding of class scholarships to student recipients

3:00 PM Student-led Campus Tours

Explore and rediscover the medical campus with CDM student volunteers.

4:00-6:00 PM Closing Reception | Faculty Club

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

Class Reunion Chairs

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

We look forward to seeing you in June! 

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which hotels offer a discounted Columbia University rate?

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

Edge Hotel - Washington Heights, 514 W 168th Street: 212-543-0005

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?

Parking is available, for a fee, at the following garages:

New York-Presbyterian Hospital 115 Fort Washington Avenue (at 165th Street) 212-305-4903

Central Parking 165th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue 212-543-3629

J & V Garage 2123 Amsterdam Avenue (at 165th Street) 212-543-3328

Public Garage 467 West 165th Street (at Edgecombe Avenue) 212-923-7239

How can I contact the organizer with 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 towards the Reunion Fund, will be able to award one-time scholarships at reunion to deserving students and 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 sends e-mail) or 212-342-5612.

Contact Us

Melissa Welsh
Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Continuing Education
Office: 212-305-6881
Cell: 212-861-1184