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Dennis P. Tarnow

Dennis Perry Tarnow is an American dentist involved in the forefront of dental implant research. He is director of implant dentistry at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and a world-renowned speaker on the subject of implant dentistry.[1]

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.[1] 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.[2]


Tarnow is board certified in periodontics and practices at Specialized Dentistry of New York (SDNY), formerly Tarnow, Fletcher, Zamzok & Smith, a large joint-specialty practice in Manhattan, since 1975.[1][3]

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. One of the most sought after speakers at national and international dental implant symposiums, Tarnow is the recipient of numerous awards for his many significant contributions to dentistry. He has received the Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology and in addition, has been honored by being named New York University’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In recognition of Tarnow’s exceptional achievements and his dedication to the advancement of dentistry, the New York University College of Dentistry has named its periodontal and implant dentistry postgraduate clinical wing in his honor.

As of May 1, 2010, Tarnow is the Director of Implant Education at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Personal life

Together with his wife Karen, Tarnow has a son named Derek.[4]


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