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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Dr. Pascal Magne, Distinguished Lecturer

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Dr. Pascal Magne

BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14

Ostrow associate professor Pascal Magne has been selected by the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics as its distinguished lecturer for 2016.

Magne joins only a handful of Ostrow alumni and faculty members to have been awarded the distinction, with Dean Avishai Sadan DMD, MBA ’14 having earned it last year.

“The awards committee was impressed by your exceptional didactic skills as a dental educator, clinician and researcher,” said German O. Gallucci, Dr. Med. Dent., Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in a congratulatory email to Magne. Gallucci is the 2015 chair of the awards committee.

“You will be joining a prestigious list of international prosthodontists who, like you now, were recognized for an outstanding contribution to prosthodontics,” he added.

In addition to receiving the award, Magne will deliver the keynote address at the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics’ fall meeting in 2016.

Magne, the Don and Sybil Harrington Professor of Esthetic Dentistry, acknowledges that he might seem an unlikely choice since he is not a prosthodontist—though he did study and teach prosthodontics in Switzerland where it was not a specialty.

“I am hoping to influence the prosthodontic community with my excitement and passion for ultraconservative and biomimetic approaches,” explains Magne, who says he’s been an advocate of biomimetic restorative dentistry for 20 years.

Biomimetic restorative dentistry differs from traditional dentistry in that it uses adhesives to bond porcelain and other life-like restorations to mimic tooth structure, restoring the damaged tooth’s original strength, function and esthetics.

Magne joined the Ostrow faculty in 2004. He is the director of Ostrow’s dental morphology, function and esthetics courses.

The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics is an invite-only trade group with limited membership.

Its mission is to benefit dental patients by advancing the art, science and practice of prosthodontics, encouraging the highest ethical standards and professional involvement, while promoting a better relationship among the other disciplines of dentistry and related professions, according to its website.

The group’s fall meeting takes place  in New York on Dec. 1-3, 2016.