Author Profile

Leila Jahangiri | Clinical Associate Professor/Department Chair, NYU College of Dentistry

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Leila Jahangiri is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry, a position she has held since 2002. In addition to her active role in the Prosthodontics predoctoral education, she is responsible for management and oversight of postgraduate Prosthodontics programs at NYU, including the implementation of an extensive pre-doctoral implant program.

Over the past several years, she has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on teaching strategies, faculty development, curriculum design, consensus building, and learning outcomes. Her extensive teaching has spanned small group discussions to large presentations in front of audiences of up to 10,000.

Since 1991, Jahangiri has been an active clinician, researcher and teacher with a continuing history of grants and peer reviewed publications. Having taught undergraduates and residents in dentistry and Prosthodontics at Harvard, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and New York University College of Dentistry, her expertise has evolved into developing innovative curriculum and focusing on teaching effectiveness.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Jahangiri completed her B.D.S. at King’s College, University of London, England; followed by her D.M.D., Certificate in Prosthodontics, and Masters of Medical Sciences (M.M.Sc.) degrees from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she was the commencement recipient of Joseph L. Henry Award for “Overall Achievement in Clinical and Research Training and Contribution to the School”.

Her early research was a first-place recipient of the Arthur R. Frechette Award (1996), IADR, and she was in the original team that helped to convert Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s curriculum to Problem Based Learning.

In addition to her numerous research articles, she is the co-author of two books, Clinical Cases in Prosthodontics and A Guide to Better Teaching: Skills, Advice, and Evaluation for College and University Professors.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
As an active member and fellow of numerous organizations, Jahangiri serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, and is currently an Advisory board member of the Institute for Professional Development, Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY), with a special focus on developing strategies for teaching effectiveness.

In her current supervisory role of over 70 faculty, and more than 360 students per class, her passion remains in teaching; and, in having an impact on contemporary education by optimizing the learning experience with new content and technology.