Dr. Marshall Fagin, part-time Clinical Professor in Graduate Prosthodontics, was the recipient of the prestigious Frank Stone Award from the Erie County Dental Society, presented to him by classmate Dr. Tom Kenjarski, January 5th following dinner at the Greatbatch Pavillion of the Darwin Martin House Complex. Criteria for selection is based on: Outstanding contributions to the dental profession in Erie County through teaching, patient service, dental research, organized dentistry or community service; Must be a role model for the dental profession, inspiring his colleagues and mentors younger dentists to become all that they are capable of being; Demonstrates a high level of involvement in the dental profession and organized dentistry as well as the local community; and Is an effective communicator for the profession and represents the highest personal standards of integrity, compassion and moral character. Dr. Fagin shared his reflections and beliefs on his passion for his profession, striving for excellence, mentorship to dental students and younger dentists, the rewards of teaching, giving to the community and to organized dentistry, supporting UB’s School of Dentistry, and on the gratification that comes from the letters and hugs of appreciation from patients whose lives have been touched forever by what he and his colleagues create each day. He wanted to be inspirational to his fellow colleagues to ignite their own torch and get involved. This was well exemplied by many examples from Dr. Fagin’s life and his visions for the future. He thanked many who had guided and inspired him, amongst which included UB Professors Dr. Milton Brown and Dr. Jim McMullen, as well as his wife Gail and children Randy and Sheri. THANK YOU TOM. THE BOND I FEEL WITH YOU MAKES THIS EVENING THAT MUCH MORE SPECIAL. GAIL & I RELISH THE FRIENDSHIP WE HAVE SHARED BOTH PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY WITH YOU AND JOANNE SINCE DENTAL SCHOOL. AND TO HEMANT, CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT YEAR. IT’S BEEN A REAL PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU ON CE PROGRAMS. TO MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, MANY OF WHOM ARE HERE TONIGHT BEING RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF DEDICATION TO OUR PROFESSION, LET ME CONGRATULATE YOU AND SHARE WITH YOU ALL SOME OF MY REFLECTIONS. I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE HAD MANY GREAT MENTORS, ALL TO WHOM I AM SO VERY GRATEFUL. I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THE GREATEST GRATIFICATIONS IN LIFE COME FROM GIVING BACK, GIVING OF YOURSELF AND WATCHING OTHERS GROW AND PROSPER FROM IT. I BELIEVE THAT EVERY ONE OF US HAS THE POTENTIAL TO RISE TO THE LEVEL OF ‘MASTERY’ IF WE ARE PASSIONATE FOR WHAT WE DO, COMMITTED TO STRIVE TOWARDS A LEVEL OF EXCELLENCE IN WHAT WE DO, HAVE A WRITTEN VISION OF WHAT THAT IS AND HOW TO GET THERE, AND HAVE MENTORS TO CONTINUOUSLY TEACH US ALONG THE WAY. I BELIEVE ALL OF YOU CAN BE INSPIRATIONAL TO OUR YOUNGER DENTISTS TO LEARN THE REWARDS THAT COME FROM BEING INVOLVED IN ORGANIZED DENTISTRY AND TO ALSO TEACH TECHNIQUES, TREATMENT PLANNING OR THE BUSINESS OF DENTISTRY. I LOVE TEACHING AND GROWING MY COLLEAGUES. THIS KEEPS ME INSPIRED. I AM SO VERY GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAUGHT AND INSPIRED ME, LIKE MILTON BROWN AND HOWARD S. PAYNE, WHO INSPIRED ME TO GO INTO PROSTHODONTICS, JIM MCMULLEN WHO INSPIRED ME TO GO TO BOSTON UNIVERSITY FOR MY PROSTHODONTIC RESIDENCY AND TO RETURN TO BUFFALO, TO MANY INCREDABLE MENTORS FROM BOSTON WHO SHAPED MY PHILOSOPHY AND INSPIRED MY PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE AND STAYING ON THE CUTTING EDGE, TO WAYNE JARVIS WHO RENEWED MY EXCITEMENT FOR IMPLANT DENTISTRY AND INTRODUCED ME TO CARL MISCH IN 1989. CARL HAS CONTINUED TO MENTOR AND INSPIRE ME TO THIS DAY. TO LOU CIANCIOLA, A FABULOUS PERIODONTIST FROM ROCHESTER AND HERE WITH US TONIGHT ….LOU, YOU HAVE HELPED TO KEEP ME INSPIRED FOR SO MANY YEARS WITH OUR ROCHESTER STUDY CLUB, AND HAS TAUGHT ME SO MUCH ABOUT THE ART OF TEACHING AND FUTURISTIC THINKING. YOU ARE TRULY A GREAT FRIEND AND SO DESERVING OF THIS YEAR’S 7TH DDS’s ‘GREENWOOD AWARD’ THAT YOU ARE BEING HONORED WITH NEXT MONTH. I THANK MANY OF YOU HERE FOR ALLOWING ME THE PRIVILAGE OF SERVING BOTH THE ECDS AND 8TH DDS BOARDS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I REMEMBER FRANK STONE WELL, WHICH ADDS TO MAKING THIS NIGHT THAT MUCH MORE SPECIAL. ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE POSITIONS WAS SERVING AS CHAIRMAN OF THE LABORATORY RELATION COMMITTEE, WORKING TO BUILD THOSE RELATIONSHIPS, RECOGNIZING HOW MUCH WE CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER. AND CO-CHAIRING CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH WITH DICK COSTANTINI WAS A BALL, ESPECIALLY THE TIME WE WERE ON THE COMMANDER TOM SHOW WITH OUR KIDS! ANOTHER ORGANIZATION DEAR TO MY HEART IS ALPHA OMEGA DENTAL FRATERNITY. LOCALLY AO SERVES US HERE EDUCATIONALLY, PROVIDES OUR DENTAL STUDENTS AT BUFFALO WITH GREAT LEADERSHIP TRAINING, EMOTIONAL AND DIDACTIC SUPPORT IN SCHOOL, ALONG WITH NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENCIES AND JOBS AFTER THEIR GPR’S. ALL OF YOU …… I ENCOURGE YOU TO FIND THOSE NICHES THAT EXCITE YOU, BUT HOW OFTEN DO YOU THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION THAT CAN CHANGE THE FUTURE…I REMEMBER WELL THE CHALLENGE OF INTRODUCING ROOT FORM IMPLANT DENTISTRY TO THE DENTAL SCHOOL IN THE LATE 80’S WITH MY GOOD FRIEND JIM MCMULLEN, BEING THOUGHT BY MANY TO BE TOO ‘EXPERIMENTAL’. IT WAS AN UPHILL BATTLE, BUT IN TIME WE GOT IT DONE AND LOOK AT IMPLANT DENTISTRY TODAY. COMPUTERS AND DIGITAL DENTISTRY IS…
Dr. Marshall Fagin, Prosthodontist and team, Williamsville, NY, received the coveted “Eagle Award” in Scottsdale, Arizona from Mercer Advisors, a national practice management company for dentistry. This is the highest award given by Mercer. During the presentation of this award to Dr. Fagin and his team, they were told that their coach sees them as a team fully aligned towards their vision. Dr. Fagin was described as a great leader who consistently illustrated his ability to inspire his team to new levels of accomplishment. Dr. Fagin has established a reputation in Western New York for his excellence in rehabilitative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry. They were also told that to earn this award, Dr. Fagin’s team efforts helped their practice to grow significantly through difficult economic times. Much of this growth comes from patient and doctor referrals. They act on their vision and have learned that being accountable at many levels leads to better outcomes, creating dramatic results both in life and in the practice.
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December, 2007 Our patients have but one regret…Not seeing us sooner! Patient Bill Meehan wrote “…too many of us suffer in silence too long before moving ahead with the appropriate action…I’m really happy with my new smile…it’s nice to feel better about myself and my overall dental health”. As a Prosthodontist, specializing in Cosmetic Smile Makeovers, major Reconstructive Dentistry, and Implant Restorations, Dr. Fagin says “every day renews my passion for providing the best for our patients”.