Touro College to Open New Dental School in Hawthorne
John Jordan | April 2016
HAWTHORNE—Touro College announced recently that it will open later this year the first new dental school in almost 50 years at an office building adjacent to the New York Medical College’s Grasslands campus.
The Touro College of Dental Medicine, which will open to its first class this fall, will reportedly occupy approximately 100,000 square feet of the 249,000-square-foot 19 Skyline Drive office building in Hawthorne. New York Medical College acquired the five-story vacant building from Mack-Cali Realty Corp. for $17.5 million in April 2013 for its expanding programs. New York Medical College, based in Valhalla, is a member of the Touro College and University system.
In addition to New York Medical College and the new dental school, Touro’s medical programs include three schools of osteopathic medicine with campuses in Harlem and Middletown, Vallejo, CA and Henderson, NV, a school of pharmacy in New York City, and a school of health sciences with campuses in New York City and Bay Shore, NY.
Touro College redeveloped the shuttered Horton Hospital in Middletown in Orange County and opened its Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine at the campus on Aug. 31, 2014. The college has since expanded operations at that facility.
Alan Kadish, M.D., president of Touro College and University System (TCUS), said of the new dental school, “As New York State’s first new dental school in nearly half a century and the only dental school in the Hudson Valley, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will fill a void in dental education and improve access to oral health care, particularly in underserved rural and urban communities throughout the region.”
The school is intended to improve the oral health care delivery network in New York State, where the population has grown by 4.5 million people since 1968 when the last school of dentistry opened, Touro officials stated.
The anticipated enrollment in the dental school during its first year is expected to be 110 students. When at full capacity, the school will include approximately 440 students and offer basic science coursework taught by the medical school faculty and will feature state-of- the-art digital dental clinical capabilities.
“The dental school’s location within the NYMC campus gives the school and its students a competitive edge,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., NYMC chancellor and CEO and Touro College and University System provost for Biomedical Affairs. “Students of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will reap both the benefits of a new school, including state-of-the-art facilities and leading educational innovations, and those of an established institution, including NYMC’s expert faculty, long-standing and celebrated research program, and strong network of affiliated hospitals.”
Touro has appointed Jay P. Goldsmith, D.M.D., as the founding dean of the dental school. Dr. Goldsmith was formerly a professor, program director, and deputy chief in NYMC’s Department of Dental Medicine. In addition to his experience in the academic world, Dr. Goldsmith is a leading dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon with more than 50 years of experience, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, and founding fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as past president of the New York Academy of Dentistry.
Photo Caption: The Touro College of Dental Medicine will open this fall at 19 Skyline Drive in Hawthorne, adjacent to the New York Medical College’s Grasslands campus in Valhalla.