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Former Upstate NY dentist takes over NIH, becomes Dr. Fauci’s boss

A former Upstate New York dentist has taken over the National Institutes of Health (NIH), becoming Dr. Anthony Fauci’s boss as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.


Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named the Acting Director of the NIH, effective Monday, December 20. He replaces retiring director Francis Collins, and is believed to be the first dentist to take the helm at the federal government’s focal point for health research.

Dr. Tabak is a Brooklyn native who got his undergraduate degree from City College of New York, his D.D.S. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, according to the NIH. He was senior associate dean for research and professor of dentistry, biochemistry and biophysics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester, where he worked from 1986 to 2000.

After leaving Rochester, he served as Director of the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research from 2000 to 2010, as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of NIH in 2009, and as Principal Deputy Director and the Deputy Ethics Counselor of NIH since August 2010.

The NIH, made up of 27 institutes and centers, is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the federal government’s focal point for health research. The NIH director sets policies and oversees the agency’s institutes and centers, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Below is the video of our GKAS Event in May
at the Bayview Ave. School in Freeport

  • GKAS 2022 at the Bayview Ave. School Video Our 2022 GKAS event was held at the Bayview Ave. School of Arts & Science in Freeport, NY. This was our first "in-school" event in the 19 year history of our program as well as the first time we did a combined indoor and outdoor event. The 550 students there received free dental exams, fluoride treatments, sealants, oral hygiene instructions and nutrition education by our 100 volunteers. The Lion’s Club of Long Beach also provided free eye exams. We thank our wonderful Volunteers as well as Dr. Mary Garguilo, Principal of the Bayview Ave. School, Mr. Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, Northwell Health, the New York State Dental Foundation, Sports Depot, The Long Beach Lion's Club, Fidelis Care, Liberty Dental, and Vivo Entertainment for their help in making this day possible as well as Michael Krien of Patkin Photography for putting together this wonderful video.


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