Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine announces the opening of the Syngcuk Kim Endodontic Clinic, a new facility for state-of-the-art education, research, and clinical care. The new clinic, which opened for patient care on January 7, is the first key project of the School’s 10-year master plan for facilities renovations.
“I am thrilled. This new clinic is a state-of-the-art environment the will greatly enhance our educational programs and clinical care resources,” says Dr. Syngcuk Kim, the Louis I. Grossman Professor of Endodontics, who has led the Department of Endodontics for nearly 21 years. “I am also very humbled by the naming of this clinic in my honor and the tremendous alumni support at all levels that has made it possible.
Alumni and friends of the Department of Endodontics contributed more than $2 million to fund the renovation. “Our education at Penn Dental has given us so much; it is only appropriate that we give back, and recognize Dr. Kim, who has been such a great mentor,” says Dr. Samuel Kratchman (GD’91), Clinical Associate Professor of Endodontics at Penn Dental Medicine, who along with his fellow endodontic alumni – Drs. Jung Lim (GD’ 04) and Brian Lee (D’00, GD’04) –led fundraising efforts for the clinic renovation among the Penn Endo Graduate Alumni Group.
While featuring modern, leading edge design and technology, the clinic environment also incorporates the architectural character of the School’s historic Evans Building with the original windows revealed and restored to flood the clinic with natural light. The new clinic remains in its previously existing space on the second floor of the Evans Building, but gained square footage by expansion into an adjoining area. The facility features 23 chairs, two surgical suites, a consultation room, modular operatories with an operating microscope and computer at each chair, and a handicapped-accessible reception room. The clinic is also being outfitted for real-time video streaming of cases to classrooms, continued education programs, and national and international meetings. Among the corporate sponsors that provided much of the state-of-the-art equipment for the clinic are Carl Zeiss Meditec, B&L Biotech, Brasseler, and Carestream.
The Syngcuk Kim Endodontic Clinic is the teaching clinic for the postdoctoral students in Penn Dental Medicine’s graduate dental education program in endodontics as well as the training center for the Department of Endodontics’ highly respected continuing education programs in microsurgery, which draw clinicians from throughout the world. All Penn Dental Medicine DMD students also rotate through the clinic for their endodontic requirements.
A special dedication ceremony for the new clinic will be held on March 1, 2013 to celebrate the completion of this project and thank supporters.