Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Faculty
The faculty of the program is comprised of 5 full time equivalent Board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery faculty, three based at Jacobi and two at Beth Israel. Additionally, other non OMFS faculty such as orthodontists, prosthodontists, and faculty from anesthesia and pain management, Head and neck surgery, radiation and medical oncology, pathology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and speech pathology departments will also participate in the teaching and clinical training of the OMFS residents.

Daniel Buchbinder, DMD, MD Program Director and Director of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center
Dr. Buchbinder is a graduate of the University of Montreal School of Dental Medicine (DMD) and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MD). He received his training in oral, maxillofacial surgery from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Buchbinder is the former chairman of the department of dentistry and oral, maxillofacial surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is currently professor and chief of the division of maxillofacial surgery, department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center and Continuum Cancer Centers of New York where he is also the director of the post-graduate maxillofacial surgery training program. Dr. Buchbinder has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured extensively on cranio-maxillofacial trauma management, reconstruction and the use of osseointegration. He is a member of the multidisciplinary team at the Institute for Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer and serves on the board of directors and the scientific advisory board for the Thyroid and Head and Neck Cancer (THANC) Foundation. Dr. Buchbinder also serves as chairman of the mandible expert group of the AO technical commission as well as the board of trustees of the AO ASIF foundation, a non-profit organization based on a network of surgeons who are committed to the study, practice, and teaching of AO principles and their advancement in the field of trauma and musculoskeletal surgery.


Michael D. Turner, DDS, MD FACS Associate Program Director and Director of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Jacobi Medical Center
Dr. Turner received his DDS from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and his MD from the SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. He trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also holds a Master of Science in Translational Medicine and Clinical Research from the NYU School of Medicine.Dr. Turner was the former Director of the NYU-Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland) International Program in Oral Surgery at the NYU College of Dentistry. He is currently the Chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Jacobi Medical Center and the North Bronx Healthcare Network. He is a member of the Institute for Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Beth Israel Medical Center and functions as the associate director of the post-graduate training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Turner is considered a thought leader and a national expert in the field of minimally invasive salivary gland surgery (sialoendoscopy), as well as having a considerable interest in maxillofacial trauma and orthognathic surgery.

Victor Badner, DMD, MPH, Chairman of the Department, Chief of Dental Public Health
Dr. Badner is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (DMD), and the University of California Los Angeles (MPH). He is a board certified Dental Public Health Specialist. He practices general dentistry at the North Bronx Healthcare Network (Jacobi and NCBH). He has held a variety of leadership positions at NBHN including Medical Board President, President of the New York Dental Alliance and member of the NYMA finance committee. In addition to his efforts with the GPR, Dr. Badner also functions as the site administrator for the NY Department of Health Dental Public Health Residency Program.

Benn Lieberman, DMD – Director of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at North Central Bronx Hospital
Dr. Benn L. Lieberman, D.M.D., is currently part- time faculty of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at Beth Israel Medical Center/ Jacobi Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at Tufts University, and also received his doctorate in dental medicine (DMD) from Tufts. Following dental school Dr. Lieberman completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Westchester Medical Center / New York Medical College. After a short period in private practice, Dr. Lieberman came to Jacobi Medical Center. He was eventually named the Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at North Central Bronx Hospital. In 2009 he opened a private practice in Mt. Kisco, New York and now dedicates three days per week to resident education. His interests include the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with an emphasis on dental implants, adult and pediatric out-patient anesthesia, trauma surgery, and correction of dentofacial deformities. He holds staff appointments at Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Lieberman is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Eugene Sidoti, MD - Attending Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery / Attending Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Director of Congenital Craniofacial Care Center
Dr. Sidoti completed his undergraduate education at Princeton University with a BSE degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He graduated AOA from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Sidoti completed his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery training at Montefiore Medical Center and was named Outstanding House Officer in 1993, He subsequently completed fellowships in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Washington University and St.Louis Childrens ' Hospital. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He served as an officer and eventually the President of the Bronx Chapter of the American College of Surgeons in 2002-2003. He spent 19 years in Private Practice while maintaining a part time position at Jacobi and is now on the full time staff. He holds membership in a number of professional societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Sidoti is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Plastic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and is currently dually appointed to the Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Jacobi. He is the co-director of the Cranio-maxillofacial Surgery Institute (CSI) and the director of the Congenital Craniofacial Care Center (CCCC).

Tasios Vakkas, DDS, MD – Attending, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Vakkas graduated with honors from the Columbia University School of Dental Medicine, DDS. He continued his postdoctoral education and training at the University of Maryland. Dr. Vakkas received his MD after graduating from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He went on to complete an internship in General Surgery. His Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training was very rigorous and included operating at the renowned R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Dr. Vakkas is both a licensed dentist and physician and holds board certification from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is actively involved in resident and student education and training and is a published author. He also holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University. He has lectured extensively in regional dental societies. His clinical interests include implant surgery, orthognathic corrective jaw surgery, benign pathology, trauma, and reconstruction of the maxillofacial region. He maintains a practice in Yorktown Heights, NY and has been selected by his peers as a “Best Dentist” in Westchester County for Westchester Magazine two years in a row.

Barry Langsam, DDS - Attending, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Barry W. Langsam graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry 1962. He became a resident in Oral Surgery at BMHC (Jacobi) from 1962 - 1965. He has been in private practice in New Rochelle, New York since that time. He is Director of Dentistry and Chief of Oral Surgery at Sound Shore Medical Center, New Rochelle, New York. Barry is the Director of the two year Dental Anesthesia Program at Jacobi Hospital and is an attending in Oral Maxilofacial Surgery. He is the Chief of Section of Oral Surgery and Out Patient Anesthesia at the Rose F. Kennedy Center, Albert Einstein/Montifiore Hospital Medical Centers. Dr. Langsam has had articles published on Dental Implantology.

Alan Schwimmer, DDS – Attending Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Schwimmer has been an attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center since 1978. During that time he has served as Associate Director of the Department of Dental Medicine as well as the Director of the Dental Residency Program. He is now an attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology. He is an Associate Professor of Dentistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Schwimmer was one of the first Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the United States to utilize rigid internal fixation for the treatment of maxillofacial injuries. Dr. Schwimmer's interests include the management of temporomandibular joint disorders and dental implant reconstruction of the jaws including cases that require bone grafting. He has extensive experience in the management of maxillofacial injuries as well as the treatment maxillofacial jaw deformities. Dr. Schwimmer maintains an active oral surgery practice at Philips Ambulatory Care Center as a member of the Department of Otolaryngology.

Stephen Gelfman, DDS, MD - Attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Jacobi Medical Center
Dr. Stephen Gelfman graduated from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine in 1972. He completed a general practice residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital and a residency in Dental Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Gelfman went on to become a principal investigator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center and then went on to obtain his medical degree from Hahnemann University- now Drexel University. Dr. Gelfman has been involved in dental education on a full and part-time basis for his entire professional career.

Myron Gurman, DDS - Director of Orthodontics, Jacobi Medical Center
Dr. Gurman is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry. Following dental school , Dr. Gurman served as a Captain in the US Army Dental Corps stationed in Germany for two years. His post graduate education in orthodontics was also completed at NYU College of Dentistry. While in private practice for over 40 years Dr. Gurman taught in various institutions including Montefiore Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn & Queens, Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Jacobi Medical Center. His specific field of expertise is concentrated on Orthognathic Surgery cases. He is now Director of Orthodontics at Jacobi & North Central Bronx Hospitals. He also works with the Pediatric Dental Residency Program at Jacobi Hospital supervising Interceptive Orthodontics to young children. In his free time (an oxymoron), Dr. “G” enjoys boating, fishing, skiing, photography, reading & yielding to his addiction as a crossword puzzle addict.

Kenneth Cooperman, DMD - Attending Orthodontist, Jacobi Medical Center
Dr. Kenneth Cooperman has been practicing dentistry since 1995, and has specialized in orthodontics since 2000. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, with a major in Design of the Environment, and minors in Biology and Chemistry. He graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1995, and then spent the following year in Seattle at the University of Washington. There, he did a one-year hospital-based residency treating medically compromised dental patients in one of the foremost transplant centers in the United States. Dr. Cooperman stayed there for over two years practicing general dentistry, returning to New York in 1998 to begin his specialty residency in orthodontics at New York University. Dr. Cooperman is in private practice in the Bronx and Manhattan. He has lectured about orthodontics at the Greater New York Dental Meeting and at various training programs in the NYC area. In addition, he is a member of a number of respected professional organizations including the American Association of Orthodontists, the Northeast Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the New York State Dental Association, among others. He is the Bronx Representative for the New York State Society of Orthodontists, and is President-Elect of the New York County Dental Society.

Maggie Mintzberg, DDS - Attending Orthodontist, Jacobi Medical Center
Dr. Maggie Mintzberg was born and raised in Brazil, where she attended the American School of Rio de Janeiro. She came to New York City in 1997 to attend college at Columbia University where she majored in Neurosciences and Behavior. Dr. Mintzberg went on to complete her dental degree at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Mintzberg then completed a two year postgraduate program at the NYU School of Dentistry to receive her orthodontic specialty certification. Dr. Mintzberg is an active member of a number of respected professional organizations including the American Association of Orthodontists, the New York County Dental Society and the American Association of Women Dentists, among others. Dr. Mintzberg is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Timothy Levine DMD - Attending Orthodontist, Jacobi Medical Center
Dr. Timothy Levine graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2003 with a bachelor's in Biology with Honors. He received his doctor of dental medicine from the University of Connecticut in 2008 and did a hospital-based general practice residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY. He received his certificate in orthodontics, also from St, Barnabas Hospital. During his orthodontic residency, he was awarded Orthodontic Resident of the Year and was also the recipient of the prestigious Herzberg Award. In 2012, he became the first fellow in surgical orthodontics and craniofacial orthopedics at Jacobi Medical Center. He spends part of his time in private practice in the Bronx and Manhattan.

Raj Ahmed DDS - Attending Orthodontist, Jacobi Medical Center
 

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