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HSDM recognizes Giddon for gift

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The Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) recognized Clinical Professor of Developmental Biology Donald B. Giddon for his contribution to the “Defining the Future of Dental Medicine” campaign by naming a conference room and adjoining office space in his honor at a Dec. 6 ceremony. The Professor Donald B. Giddon, DMD, Ph.D., Behavioral Science Research Area and Conference Room are on the fifth floor of the new 53,000-square-foot Research and Education Building at HSDM. The Research and Education Building is the School’s first new permanent building since the original brick edifice was constructed in 1906.

Giddon’s achievements as a scientist, clinician, author, teacher, administrator, and staunch advocate for the profession of dental medicine place him among the School’s most accomplished alumni and faculty. He is one of the grandfathers of the integration of behavioral sciences into medicine and dentistry.

In addition to his duties at Harvard, Giddon also serves as a clinical professor of community health at the Brown University School of Medicine. He previously served as the dean of New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry from 1975 to 1980, while a professor of anesthesiology at NYU’s School of Medicine and psychology in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The Research and Education Building unites HSDM faculty and researchers in one building for the first time in more than 20 years. Dean of the School of Dental Medicine Bruce Donoff commended Giddon for his “long-term commitment and accomplishments at HSDM and especially for his remarkable generosity to secure the future of this great institution.”