(Scranton, PA) The Scranton District Dental Society (SDDS) honored Dr. Eli Stavisky for his years of dedication and service to the field of dentistry with a dinner on September 9, 2016 at Fiorellis. In attendance were members of the SDDS, family, and friends, along with featured speakers Judge A. Richard Caputo, United States Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Archbishop Michael Dahulich, Bishop of New York and New Jersey; Dr. Amid L. Ismail, Dean of the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple Dental; Camille Kostlac-Cherry, Esquire, Chief Executive Office of the Pennsylvania Dental Society; Dr. Mary Sewatsky, Chief medical officer at Moses Taylor Hospital; Dr. Linda Himmelberger; Dr. Albert Giallorenzi ; Dr. John Erhard, Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry; and Dr. Justin Burns.
Dr. Eli Stavisky served for over thirty years as a Board Member of St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Upon his retirement, he was given Board Emeritus status, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by the seminary during Graduation Exercises in May, 2014 for his decades of dedicated service. Dr. Eli provided for the dental care of many seminarians during his years of service on the board.
Born and raised in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Dr. Stavisky graduated from Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA); Temple University School of Dentistry (Philadelphia, PA); New York University (New York, NY); and served in the United States Air Force as a Captain. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Fellow of the International College of Dentists, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Among Dr. Stavisky’s numerous honors are Pierre Fauchard, Pennsylvania Section (Distinguished Dentist citation); St. Tikhons Theological Seminary, Doctor of Humane Letters (Honorius Cusa) and Trustee Emeritus; Angela R. Kyle Award, Lycoming College (given for a lifetime of service to humanity and whose life exemplifies those qualities encouraged and fostered at Lycoming College and by its predecessor institutions); The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) Annual Award (the highest award given by the PDA); and Temple University School of Dentistry Founder’s Award.
Dr. Stavisky has held several positions throughout the field of dentistry and medicine including: Pennsylvania State Dental Council and Examining Board, where he served as Chair for 10 years; President of the American College of Dentists, Philadelphia; Chair of the Board of Distinguished Temple University Dental Advisors; Examiner for the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners for 35 years; Examiner for the North East Regional Board, Specialty Examination in Oral Surgery; Trustee of the Pennsylvania Dental Association; Delegate to the American Dental Association Annual Meeting; and member of the Executive Committee of Moses Taylor Hospital.
One of Dr. Stavisky’s most notable achievements is the fact that he personally mentored sixty pre-dental students throughout his career and assisted them in their journey into and through dental school. These former students are now successful dentists serving patients all over the country.
The SDDS is a voluntary organization comprising approximately 150 local member dentists. It is a constituency of the American Dental Association, the largest and oldest national dental society in the world, and the Pennsylvania Dental Association. The SDDS oversees activities like National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), public education, school visitation, and continuing education for dentists.
The mission of the SDDS is to provide dentists with a forum to discuss pertinent issues that relate to the practice and regulation of dentistry as it pertains to the health and general well-being of the communities they serve.
For more information on the SDDS, please visit: WWW.scrantondental.org.
PHOTO: L to R: Judge A. Richard Caputo, United States Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Dr. Linda Himmelberger; Archbishop Michael Dahulich, Bishop of New York and New Jersey, Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary; Dr. Eli Stavisky; Dr. John Erhard and Dr. Amid L. Ismail, Dean of the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple Dental.