Dental Medicine and Israel: A Personal Conversation with Prof. Avi Zini

On October 29, in partnership with the Alpha Omega International Dental Society and the Alpha Omega Detroit Chapter, Mindy Salzberg-Siegel DDS and Harry Siegel hosted thirty guests at their home in Michigan. Guests heard about the Hebrew University’s current efforts in Israel from Hebrew University’s Prof. Avraham (“Avi”) Zini, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine. 

Prof. Zini began by discussing the current war, sharing facts about the situation, alongside his personal experience (his nephew, Nirel Zini, and Nirel’s girlfriend, Nieve Raviv, were among those massacred in the October 7 attacks). He went on to describe how HU’s Faculty of Dental Medicine is assisting with the war efforts, including treating injured patients. In addition, 10 faculty members of HU’s Faculty of Dentistry are performing the grueling task of identifying the deceased through dental records, DNA, and human remains. He explained that while this work is unimaginably heartbreaking and difficult, it is an important and necessary task for the State of Israel and her people. 

Prof. Zini then concluded by speaking about the Faculty of Dental Medicine, its history, and plans for renovation and expansion, including the planned, state-of-the-art, Robert I. Schattner Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities. This center is part of an overall planned five-floor renovation, construction, and equipment upgrade. It will be the first of its kind in Israel, with accessible and optimal care for people with a wide range of disabilities, conducted by specially trained dental professionals.