Letty Moss-Salentijn, DDS, PhD

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Dr. Moss-Salentijn is the Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine (in Anatomy and Cell Biology)
and the Vice Dean for Curriculum Innovation and Interprofessional Education in the College of
Dental Medicine, Columbia University in New York.
She earned the DDS and PhD degrees at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 1966
– 1968 she was a member of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Utrecht. She has been
a member of the faculty of Columbia University since 1968, where she has served as Assistant
Professor, Associate Professor and Professor in the College of Dental Medicine. She was
Director of the Dental Radiology Unit from 1980 through 1986, Director of the Graduate
Program on Dental Science from 1986 until now, and has served since 1990 in various
administrative ranks from Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Programs to Vice Dean of Academic
Her research has focused on growth and development of the skeleton, much in collaboration with
Faculty members from SEAS, as well as on the structure of enamel, dentin, pulp and salivary
glands. Recently, she has developed teaching innovations, including AR and VR methods of
administering anesthesia for dental procedures (with Prof. S. Feiner), and interprofessional
teledentistry for elderly, homebound patients.
Dr. Moss-Salentijn has co-authored 6 textbooks and has published more than 80 papers and