Dennis P. Tarnow
Dennis Perry Tarnow (b. May 28) is an  American dentist specializing in dental implant research. He is director of implant dentistry at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and a speaker on the subject of implant dentistry.
Early years and education
Tarnow was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and received his Bachelor's degree in biology from Brooklyn College in 1968. He wanted to be a dentist because he liked working with his hands and was fond of his own dentist when growing up. He attended NYU College of Dentistry, graduating with his DDS in 1972. After a one-year GPR at Brookdale Hospital, he entered the postgraduate periodontics program at NYU, receiving his certificate in 1976. He then completed a postgraduate program in prosthodontics, also at NYU, receiving his certificate in 1978.
Tarnow is board certified in periodontics and practices at Specialized Dentistry of New York (SDNY), formerly Tarnow, Fletcher, Zamzok & Smith, a joint specialty practice in Manhattan, since 1975.
Tarnow, who is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, is a specialist in both periodontics and prosthodontics, and former chairman of the college’s Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. He has written over 100 scientific papers and has co-authored or contributed chapters to several textbooks, including “Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry” (which he co-authored with SDNY’s Dr. Stephen Chu), is section editor of two dental journals and on the advisory boards of five others. He has received the Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology and in addition, has been named New York University’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year. The NYU College of Dentistry has named its periodontal and implant dentistry postgraduate clinical wing in his honor.
Tarnow was awarded the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) Distinguished Lecturer Award during the 45th Annual Session of the ACP in October 2015 and the William J. Gies Award for outstanding contribution to the field of periodontology by the American Academy of Periodontology in 2005. Tarnow also received a 2005 award from the California Society of Periodontists for his outstanding contribution to the specialty of periodontists and personal commitment to the highest professional standards of dentistry.
As of May 1, 2010, Tarnow is the Director of Implant Education at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
Together with his wife Karen, Tarnow has a son named Derek.
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