Myron Finkel, DDS
Dr. Myron Finkel earned his DDS degree from New York University College of Dentistry in 1971, graduating at the top of his class and as part of the OKU dental honors society. After a short stint volunteering in the Middle East and Asia with the World Health Organization, he returned to Manhattan's Mt. Sinai hospital for a yearlong residency. He was subsequently appointed to the hospital's faculty, where he taught postdoctoral dentistry for seven years.
During this period, as he was developing his private practice, Dr. Finkel was recruited by the mayor's office to be the animal dentist for the Central Park Zoo. Here, he pioneered many techniques still in use today.
Dr. Finkel's passion for volunteering next led him back to the Middle East, where he helped found the American Dental Volunteers for Israel program, and spent ten summers providing dental care on Israel's "kibbutzim."
Today, Dr. Finkel splits his time between the Dental Parlour and Columbia University's Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, where he's involved in the latest forays into tooth-derived stem cell research.
In his free time, Myron Finkel restores classic English sports cars, which, he insists, "is not all that different from restoring classic teeth."