AEGD Associate Director Receives OSAP Award; Joins OSAP Foundation Board
Congratulations to NYU Langone Dental Medicine's AEGD Program Associate Director, Dr. David Reznik, recipient of the Dr. James J. Crawford Award, announced by The Organization for Safety, Asepsis, & Prevention (OSAP). Dr. Reznik has also joined the OSAP Foundation Board of Directors to fulfill a 3 year term.
This award, named in honor of one of the founding fathers of dental infection control, recognizes lifetime achievement in the field. Awardees have made major contributions in science, education, or public policy related to OSAP’s core competencies of infection control and patient and provider safety. OSAP was proud to present the 2021 Dr. James Crawford Award to Dr. David Reznik.
As a young dentist, Dr. Reznik was one of the first people in Georgia who was willing to work with people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He will tell you that he knew very little about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. However, he read a book and started learning that this was a population in need and was growing. He went from having one HIV patient in 1986 to having 87 when he began taking patients from AID Atlanta, a nonprofit support organization. Then, in 1991, he partnered with Grady Health System to create the Oral Health Center. Two years later, the Grady Infection Disease program opened, making the Midtown Atlanta clinic the first in the nation to have an oral health clinic for people living with AIDS. Since then, his commitment to the work has taken him beyond Atlanta. In 1997 he created the HIV Dental Alliance organization that covers everything: mental health, infection control, dental issues, medicine, research, and public policy for people with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Currently, Dr. Reznik is Chief of the Dental Service for the Grady Health System in Atlanta and still serves as Director of the Oral Health Center of Grady’s Infectious Disease Program. His honors are numerous. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has published extensively. In addition, he has served on OSAP’s Board of Directors and tirelessly advocated for OSAP and dental infection prevention and control throughout his career.