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After Winning Highest Award, Dr. Dorn Featured in Publications

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 9:53am

Samuel O. Dorn, DDS

Samuel O. Dorn, DDS

An interview with Endodontics Department Chair and Professor Samuel Dorn, DDS, appears in the January 2014 edition of Bottom Line Health newsletter, which is already in print. The article, “A Toothache Can Turn Deadly,” discusses abscesses and how to prevent and treat them.

Dorn is president-elect of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations and will become president in May 2014. He is the 2013 recipient of the Edgar D. Coolidge Award, the highest honor given by the American Association of Endodontists. The award recognized lifetime achievement.

In connection with the Coolidge Award, Roots, the international CE magazine of endodontics, published an interview with Dorn earlier this year, describing his background and the influential people and experiences that helped shape his career.

Working as a taxi driver in New York City, Dorn put himself through Farleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry in New Jersey with the intention of becoming a general dentist, until an Air Force rotation through the specialties introduced him to endodontics.

Dr. Louis Glatt, chair of endodontics at Farleigh Dickinson, encouraged Dorn to apply to the program and, after acceptance, to volunteer as faculty at the school.  Dr. Richard Moodnik, the program director, encouraged Dorn to seek board certification even while maintaining a private practice and teaching. For these reasons, Dorn cited both of them as having the most influence on his career.

Today, Dorn holds the Frank B. Trice, DDS, Professorship in Endodontics and stays very busy with his department, serving as program director, in addition to his other duties.

“I’ve worked since I was 12 years old, when I had a job delivering newspapers,” Dorn said in the Roots article. “I still keep my taxi driver’s license over my desk to remind myself how far I have come since those days.”