Cosmo V. DeSteno, DMD, PhD, formerly associate dean for extramural affairs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey (UMDNJ) Dental School, has been named associate dean for clinical affairs at New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), effective December 1, 2007.  DeSteno succeeds Francis V. Panno, who is retiring as professor emeritus of prosthodontics after 5 years as associate dean for clinical affairs and nearly 30 years at NYU in positions that for many years included professor and chairman of the department of prosthodontics.

Prior to joining NYU, DeSteno also served UMDNJ Dental School as vice dean, associate dean for clinical affairs, associate dean for interdisciplinary and extramural programs, and as professor of restorative dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, DeSteno holds a DMD degree from the New Jersey College of Dentistry and a PhD in physiology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

In his new role at NYU, Dr DeSteno will oversee the College’s clinical care program, the largest program of its type in the world.

“I am delighted that Cosmo DeSteno is my first major administrative appointment as Dean,” said Herman Robert Fox Dean Charles N. Bertolami. In addition to bringing valuable, closely related experience in a similar academic, research, and patient care environment, Cosmo also brings great vision, compassion, and creativity to his new position. One could not ask for a better successor to Frank Panno, who has led the College’s clinical affairs operation through a period of substantial growth over the past 5 years.”

Founded in 1865, NYUCD is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the United States, educating more than 8% of all dentists.