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UMSOD Remembers Dr. Brotman and Honors Dr. Buonocore

Written by Adam Zewe

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) hosted the induction of Michael Buonocore, DDS, into the Pierre Fauchard Academy Hall-of-Fame and celebrated the life of Don-N. Brotman, DDS '55, during a ceremony on June 6.

The Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA), an international dental honor society, installed its Hall-of-Fame outside the Dean's Office at UMSOD two years ago. The Hall-of-Fame is also on display at the PFA headquarters in Paris. Induction criteria include: outstanding contributions to research, clinical excellence or dedication to exceptional patient care. Dr. Buonocore, who passed away in 1981, is the 21st dentist to be inducted into the Hall-of-Fame. He joins a distinguished group of honorees, including Dr. Horace Hayden and Dr. Chapin Harris, founders of UMSOD.

Dr. Buonocore conducted groundbreaking research into dental bonding that has led to many new developments in adhesive dentistry. "His idea was that, through chemistry, we can eradicate dental caries," states Lynne Halik, DDS, Pierre Fauchard Academy region 2 trustee. Dr. Halik and Charles Fine, DDS '81, chair of the Maryland chapter of the PFA, unveiled a Hall-of-Fame plaque that commemorates Dr. Buonocoreýs contributions to the dental profession.

Also during the ceremony, UMSOD honored the life of Dr. Don-N. Brotman, a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and dedicated supporter of the School of Dentistry. Dr. Brotman passed away in February, 2013. His generosity helped establish the Brotman Facial Pain Center, a unique clinic that provides treatment for chronic pain patients and offers opportunities for UMSOD investigators to conduct clinical pain research. "Don was a major contributor to the school in many ways. He was also a great friend to many of us and he will be missed," remarks Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent.

Dr. Brotman's daughter, Barbara Brotman Kaylor, remembered her father's fondness for the School of Dentistry and dedication to improving the dental profession. "He wanted to make the school a better place. I think he did that. He has left his thumb print here," Kaylor says.

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