Richmond County Dental Society


November 2018 Newsletter


Dr. Charles Mistretta

Dear Colleagues:


Greetings to you all. As we come close to the end of the year with the holidays fast approaching, I wish to share our Society’s latest news and events with you.


The October Richmond County Dental Society (RCDS) meeting took place on Tuesday, October 16 and featured Dr. Steven S. Schwartz, who presented the subject "Clinical Encounters in Pediatric Dentistry." It was a most well-presented lecture which had one of the largest turnouts in recent memory. Unfortunately, as I was composing this newsletter, I was informed of Dr. Schwartz’ passing. He was the first pediatric dentist to practice on Staten Island and dedicated his career to teaching as well as advancing children’s dental health. He was also the first chair of the pediatric dentistry program at Staten Island University Hospital, a program which has benefited many dental residents, as well as educating those in specialty training. I personally knew Dr. Schwartz, as he was my instructor during the September of my last year at New York University College of Dentistry. He was always most cordial, and there to help and to teach. He treated me more as a peer than as a student. I was fortunate to have had him as my professor. RCDS President Dr. Michael Costa shared his thoughts about Dr. Schwartz, which you can read here.


Our next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at Bocelli Restaurant. It is the last meeting of the calendar year and is also Past Presidents Night, and all our past presidents are our guests for the evening. Our essayist will be Dr. Adam Koppelman, who will lecture on the subject "Integration of CBCT and 3D Printing to Fabricate Your Own Surgical Guides." Dr. Koppelman is an instructor at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Come participate in a technologically-oriented evening and dinner with your colleagues, as well as earning 2 continuing education credits toward your lecture requirements for licensure renewal.


It is with great sadness that I also report the passing of Dr. Steven Ratner, who practiced in Dongan Hills for 50 years. Dr. Ratner was a past president of Richmond County Dental Society and was always present at our RCDS meetings, giving his time and effort to our Society. He was assistant director of Staten Island University Hospital’s dental residency program, as well as director of special care dentistry. A donation in Dr. Ratner’s memory was made on behalf of the RCDS to Project Accessible Oral Health. We offer our sincere condolences to his sons, Dr. Craig Ratner and Howard Ratner, and to their respective families.


Our 2019 Annual Dinner Dance and Installation of Officers will be held at the Richmond County Country Club on Saturday January 26, 2019. The event will feature a "casino night" theme, which proved to be extremely popular at our 2018 installation dinner. Come join us for an enjoyable evening and to welcome your new Society officers.


I sincerely hope to see you at our next meeting, as well as at our installation dinner.



Respectfully yours, 

Charles J. Mistretta, DDS

Richmond County Dental Society 2018 Vice President



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