StanBergmanStanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein Inc, Melville, NY, addressed the 2013 graduating class of Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine last month delivering this year’s commencement speech.

Touching on the future of the industry, Bergman (pictured, left) discussed the changes in dentistry over the past three decades, noting that those changes will soon be eclipsed by the even more changes the graduates will likely see in their careers. He stressed the importance of embracing new technology and constantly looking for new and improved solutions to provide comprehensive care to patients, as well as evolving to meet the needs of a more diverse patient population. 

“Orient your practice to your patient’s total health,” said Bergman. “Be a leader in the larger health care team protecting the overall health of your patient and a strong advocate for the important role that dentistry plays in the continuum of care by collaborating with dental and medical colleagues.”

Bergman continued, “Respect cultural differences, make sure your staff reflects the faces of your patients, and align your community outreach to give back to growing patient population segments.”

The graduating class included 36 members receiving doctor of dental surgery degrees and 21 receiving post-doctoral certificates.