Four graduates were recognized for their successful completion of the NYU Lutheran, Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Program
Tampa, Fla. (Thursday, June 30, 2016) – Suncoast Community Health Centers (SCHC) celebrated the graduation of its first pediatric dental residency class on Friday, June 24, at the TPepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa, FL. Saturday’s graduating class included four distinguished residents: Anupama Krishnamurthy, D.D.S., Drew Popper, D.M.D., Harrison Black, D.M.D., and Steven Tan, D.M.D.
Suncoast initiated an affiliation with NYU Lutheran Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry to begin a 2-year Postdoctoral Pediatric Dental Residency Program in July 2014 to provide dental care to Tampa Bay’s underserved and uninsured young children. The program has expanded to 8 residents located in the Pediatric Center of Excellence at Brandon Community Health Center, featuring a state-of-the-art, 13 chair dental suite. The program is affiliated with Tampa General Hospital, a level one trauma teaching hospital, and South Florida Baptist Hospital, a regional medical center.
“We are so proud of the SCHC residents and the work that they have done to improve oral care for the underserved children in our community,” said Dr. Randy Valdez, Suncoast’s dental director. “We are thankful for the opportunity to host this program and can’t wait to see what these individuals accomplish in the pediatric dental fieldwhether they’re headed to an academic position, a private practice, or a life of public service.”
Anupama Krishnamurthy, D.D.S., was born in Bangalore, India. As a student dentist in India, she developed a strong sense of social responsibility working in the community dental outreach program. After immigrating to the US, she received her DDS and AEGD from the University of the Pacific, San Francisco. Krishnamurthy moved to the Tampa Bay area to obtain her education in the field of Pediatric Dentistry with NYU – Lutheran Medical Center and Suncoast Community Health Centers under the mentorship of Dr. Richard K. Gyles.
Drew Popper was born and raised in Madison, CT and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. He continued on to receive a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences at Boston University and obtained his DMD degree from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He plans on continuing his involvement in community outreach programs.
Harrison Black was born and raised in Wichita, KS and graduated from Truman State University. He then attended University of Louisville School of Dentistry and received his DMD degree. Black is excited to fulfill his commitment to the National Health Service Corps and practice at Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. – Palm River Dental Clinic as a pediatric dentist.
Steven Tan was born and raised in Northern California, received his BA at Yale University, dental degree at Nova Southeastern, and a certificate Advanced Education in General Dentistry with Lutheran Medical Center in Maryland. Steven recently won the VTC Research Fair with his pediatric dental entry titled: Pulp Therapy for Primary Teeth – A Survey of U.S. Postdoctoral Pediatric Residency Program Directors and Diplomats of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
About Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc.
Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. started this journey in 1977 and is proud to offer an array of services to the entire community at several locations. The Pediatric Center of Excellence at the Brandon Community Health Center includes Pediatric dentistry, Pediatric Medical care, Adolescent Behavioral health and Optometry services. For more information about Suncoast’s many services or other questions, please visit our website at www.Suncoast-chc.org; for appointments and information, call 813-653-6100.