The New York Academy of Dentistry was founded in 1921 by a prestigious group of nineteen dentists who represented the leadership of the dental profession in New York. It was a tumultuous and exciting time in the history of dentistry. Professional education was not uniform or even organized, scientific publications were mostly proprietary, and, ethical standards were unknown. The New York Academy was instrumental in bringing about the positive changes in these areas which have been to the benefit of all dentists.

For more than seven decades, the Academy has consistently carried out its mission by pursuing its targeted goals in all areas. By its choice of topics and lecturers, the Academy has continued to provide an outstanding educational forum for its fellowship.

The New York Academy of Dentistry remains committed to the ideals of its Founders. The ideals of promoting ethics, fostering education, enhancing the Profession, and communication of scientific information can never be dismissed if Dentistry is to remain in high public trust and esteem.

Dentistry is constantly changing and evolving; It is the goal of the New York Academy to help bring about these changes, and to make their impact on the profession a positive force for continued growth in the future.

Wherever there are dentists in the New York area who are deserving of recognition and encouragement, the Academy’s goal is to seek them out and offer them Fellowship, so that the work begun in 1921 may continue.

In recent years the Academy has developed a variety of social and cultural activities that further promote and support fellowship among the membership

And most recently, the Ethics Program whose development the Academy has headed in the local dental schools and professional organizations, has earned it the national renown that it deserves as a standard bearer of ethics in the profession.


Historically, The New York Academy of Dentistry has never had a set number of Fellows. However, by recent tradition, there are usually 250-300 Active and Associate Fellows in the Academy. Leadership in and service to dentistry, exemplary ethical con-duct, ongoing commitment to dental education, and service to one’s community are all hallmarks of fellows of the Academy.

Selection to Associate Fellowship identifies an individual as one who is recognized for his or her service to the profession and the community as a leader and an example of the highest ethical conduct. Fellowship carries with it the responsibility of continued professional growth and service.

First 50 Years of The New York Academy of Dentistry’s History – pdf