Touro dental school names new dean
July 12, 2017
. — Touro College and University System announced July 10 it named Dr. Ronnie Myers as dean of the Touro College of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Myers joined the dental school as the senior associate dean for academic and administrative affairs in June 2016, just prior to the entrance of the inaugural class of 2020.
"As dean, I look forward to developing a unique educational and clinical program that incorporates many aspects of primary health care into the oral health care environment," Dr. Myers said in a news release. "This initiative, along with the integration of emerging technologies into the modern daily practice of clinical dentistry, will set Touro College of Dental Medicine apart from many others."
A graduate from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Myers trained as a pediatric dentist and completed a fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He had a private practice while also holding an appointment at the Bronx Developmental Center prior to coming to the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery full time in 1982 as the director of the general practice residency program at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
He also served as assistant dean, associate dean, vice dean for administrative affairs and interim dean at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
"[Touro College of Dental Medicine] is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Ronnie Myers take the helm," said Dr. Jay Goldsmith, the founding dean named who now serves as dean emeritus. "I know he will implement many exciting educational programs."
Touro College of Dental Medicine welcomed its inaugural class of about 110 students in September 2016. The dental school includes a four-year pre-doctoral program for students; a continuing education program for practicing dentists; and a 132-chair community dental clinic. When at full capacity, the school will include about 440 students.