“While these two pillars – Prof. D. Walter Cohen and Prof. Adi Garfunkel – are no longer with us physically, they will always be with us in spirit. Our pledge is to honor their hard work, vision, and mentorship by continuing to disseminate evidence-based research, best practices, and emerging technologies and techniques for use in clinical applications.”
Prof. Louis F. Rose
Editor-In-Chief “Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry”President International Scientific College “Actualități Stomatologice”
Prof. Dr. Adi A. GARFUNKEL
& EDITOR in CHIEF 1999-2018
Professor in Oral Medicine, Chairman & Dean-Emeritus Hadassah Hebrew University, Founded by the Alpha Omega Fraternity, Jerusalem, Israel; Co-founder and Academic Director Dental Branch, Shamir (Asaf Harofeh) Medical Center, Israel;
Dr. Honoris Causa, “Carol Davila” University, Bucharest, Romania
Adi Garfunkel will long be remembered for his impact on the high quality of dental education over the world. His loss will leave a void that will not be filled since he was such a rare and beloved individual. Adi will certainly be remembered for his warmth, humanity, and courage. And for so much more…
Born in Romania, Prof. Garfunkel received his DMD from the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hadassah Hebrew University founded by the Alpha Omega Fraternity in Jerusalem, Israel. Had graduate training in Oral Medicine and Fellowship in Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dental School. Board certified by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Garfunkel was Professor in Oral Medicine at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and certified in Anesthesiology.
Served as Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hadassah Hebrew University, and Chairman of the Oral Medicine Department in the Hadassah Hospital for over 25 years. He was the co-founder and first director of the D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education affiliated to the same faculty, organizing graduate training in different fields of dentistry.
Dr. Garfunkel was Co-Founder and Academic Director of the Dental Department at the Shamir (Assaf Harofeh) Medical Center, affiliated with Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
He was the Co-Founder and Medical Director of the Israeli Mobile Dentistry Nonprofit Organization for Oral Health for Home-bound Patients. For his hard work, in 2011, Prof. Garfunkel was rewarded with the high distinction “The President of Israel Award for voluntary activities”. Since 2018, the organization bears its name – Israeli Mobile Dentistry Nonprofit Organization “Prof. Adi. A. Garfunkel”.
He held Visiting Full Professor, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Medical Faculty, Israel and numerous Visiting and Adjunct Professor Titles in the USA, among them: Visiting Professor of Oral Medicine – Medical College of Pennsylvania, Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery – MCP, Hahnemann School of Medicine, and Visiting Associate Professor – Pahlavi in the University of Shiraz, Iran. He was given the title of Adjunct Professor of Medicine – Drexel University, College of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA.
Dr. Garfunkel was an active member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine, an honorary member of the American Dental Association, International Association of Dental Research, Burma Dental Association, Academy of International Dental Studies, Israeli Dental Association.
Recognition of Prof. Garfunkel’s contributions have come in the form of numerous awards and honors from all over the world including Certificate of Excellence from American Academy of Dental Medicine, The Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Rector List of Best Teachers of the Hebrew University.
The city of Bucharest recognized his academic activities in Romania with the Honorary Diplomat and Medal of the City of Bucharest. In 2013, he received the President of Romania Medal of Merit in recognition of his significant contributions to dental education in Romania.
The Nippon University in Japan and Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania bestowed upon him the Doctor Honoris Causa title.
In 2017, Prof. Garfunkel received the Israeli Society of Oral Medicine and the Israeli Dental Association‘s highest honors bestowed in recognition of outstanding contributions and a lifetime commitment in service to the profession and the oral medicine specialty.
He was the former editor of the Israel Journal of Dental Sciences, member of numerous editorial boards including Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, USA, and Editor-in-Chief of the Middle East Journal of Oral Health, both AEGIS Publications.
Prof. Adi A. Garfunkel was the Co-Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Romanian Dental News Journal “Actualităţi Stomatologice”.
He published over 100 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, among them Oral mucositis – the search for a solution in New England Journal of Medicine, 2004 and book-chapters on the connection between the oral and the systemic health, among them “Dental Implants – the Art and Science” (Dental Implant Therapy for Medically Complex Patients) published in 2010.
Dr. Garfunkel lectured widely in the Hebrew, English, French and Romanian languages; his conferences – “one man show” – were well appreciated all over the world.
Our Mentor, Colleague and Friend, Adi Garfunkel passed away on March 22nd, 2018 in Israel.
in memoriam (June 29, 2018)
Prof. Dr. D. Walter COHEN
Professor in Periodontics, Chairman & Dean-Emeritus Univ. of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine; Chancellor-Emeritus of Drexel Univ. College of Medicine, Pennsylvania; Founding Editor Compendium USA;
Doctor Honoris Causa, “Carol Davila” University, Bucharest, Romania.
Philadelphia born and bred, D. Walter Cohen, DDS attended the University of Pennsylvania undergraduate school and earned his D.D.S. from its School of Dental Medicine in 1950. Following a Research Fellowship in Pathology and Periodontics at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, he returned to Penn as assistant instructor in the Dental School. During his 35-year career there, he established the school’s department of periodontics and served as its first chairman; rose to the rank of Professor of Periodontics, and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs before becoming Dean.
He was widely credited with revitalizing the school’s educational program during his tenure as Dean from 1972 to 1983 by establishing a preceptor model of education, introducing new courses, recruiting a new faculty and establishing a residency described in his book: Educating the Dentist of the Future: The Pennsylvania Experiment.
Dr. Cohen continued to practice and teach in addition to his responsibilities as an administrator. His constant search for knowledge has made him a prominent member of the scientific community with 22 books and more than 130 published articles to his credit.
Dr. Cohen resigned the Deanship in 1983 to pursue other academic challenges. He subsequently spent a year as the first Presidential Scholar at the University of California at San Francisco. In 1986 the D. Walter Cohen and Betty A. Cohen Professor and Chair in Periodontal Research was dedicated at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He serves as Dean-Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
After becoming President of the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1986, he opened a new educational campus with the addition of the 15-acre property at Queen Lane. In 1993, Dr. Cohen became Chancellor of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. During his Presidency he led the endowment of 16 academic chairs and professorships in the College of Medicine. He also was a co-founder of the successful ELAM Program in 1994.
Recognition of Dr. Cohen’s contributions have come in the form of numerous awards and honors from all over the world including honorary degrees from Boston University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Athens, the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, the University of Detroit and Carol Davila University in Bucharest, Romania, Drexel University and Gratz College.
He received the Gold Medal from the American Academy of Periodontology and was only the third American to earn honorary membership in the British Society of Periodontology. In 1976 Dr. Cohen was elected to the Central High School Hall of Fame. In 1982, the French government bestowed its Legion of Merit Award upon Dr. Cohen in recognition of his significant contributions to dental education in France. In 1990 Ambassador Walter Annenberg endowed the D. Walter Cohen Professorship and Chair in Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He chaired the Pennsylvania Diabetes Academy and served as President of the National Museum of American Jewish History and was a member of the Board of the Jewish Publication Society.
On June 1, 1997, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem dedicated the D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education in Israel. In 1998, Dr. Cohen became Chancellor-Emeritus of Drexel University College of Medicine. He serves on the Board of Trustees, Drexel University College of Medicine (PHEC), Philadelphia University, Gratz College, National Disease Research Interchange, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, and the Hadassah Medical Organization.
Prof. D. Walter Cohen was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, an AEGIS publication USA, and Co-Founder and Honorific President of the Romanian Dental News Journal “Actualităţi Stomatologice”.
On June 29, 2018, the dental profession and the greater world have lost a role model and a man who was in every way “second to none”: D. Walter Cohen, whose influence left an undeniable imprint.