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North Bronx Healthcare Network Chief of Dentistry

Dr. Victor Badner


Victor Badner, DMD, MPH is the Chairman of the Department of Dentistry and Chief of Dental Public Health at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Department of Dentistry. He is also President of the Council of Dental Directors at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and President of New York Dental Affiliates (NYDA).

A member of the New York State Commission on Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Badner also holds associate professor appointments at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Adding to his other achievements, Dr. Badner has important publications to his credit, including an article on “Oral Complications of Pregnancy” featured in Cherry and Merkatz’s (2013) Complications of Pregnancy, 6th edition.

Dr. Badner has received grants for assessing and improving oral health services for patients previously not well-served. In 2006, he received the Silver Anniversary Award from Harvard School of Dental Medicine for his outstanding contributions to underserved populations, especially HIV-infected individuals. In 2008, he was further honored by being the recipient of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi’s prestigious New York City Doctor’s Day award.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctor of Dental Medical (DMD) from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Badner completed his Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Once he finished his general practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center, New York, he went on to complete a residency in Dental Public Health (DPH) at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). After obtaining his board certification in DPH in 1994, Dr. Badner went on to complete the Montefiore-Einstein Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2012. In addition to having supervised residents performing clinical dental care, he now maintains and enjoys an active general dental practice.

North Bronx Healthcare Network Dental Services

The North Bronx Healthcare Network (NBHN) is comprised of the NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Department of Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) and NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx (NCBH).

NBHN provides approximately 35,000 outpatient visits, 1,000 ambulatory surgeries and 300 inpatient procedures annually to a population ranging from healthy patients to those who are severely medically compromised or mentally disabled. NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a Level 1 trauma center. Our dental service rotates with otolaryngology (ENT) and plastic surgery services to treat all maxillofacial trauma at NCBH. Beyond traumas, this department offers all aspects of dental care from the most routine to the most complex. We are proud of the care we deliver and are particularly proud of the following:

  • Our ability to provide high-end implant services that include full mouth restorations and “teeth in a day” with multiple implants and prostheses.
  • Congenital Craniofacial Care Center (“Quad C”) created to provide comprehensive care to patients born with craniofacial deformities.
  • The latest technology that provides laser treatments, head and neck CTs, digital intraoral and panoramic radiographic services.
  • An integrated orthodontic and orthognathic surgery program to provide in-house dental and facial rehabilitation for patients with maxillary and mandibular disharmony.
  • Local and general anesthesia services provided by Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons and dental anesthesia residents.
  • Integrated oral health service for patients with HIV infections.
  • The Jacobi Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgical Institute (CSI), an interdepartmental center where ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery collaborate to assess maxillofacial trauma and pathology and to provide the best possible treatment of conditions of the head and neck.

The Department sponsors Five Commission of Dental Accreditation approved residencies:

  • General Practice (1 or 2 years)
  • Pediatric Dentistry (2 years)
  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (a 6 year integrated program with an medical degree from the Albert
  • Einstein College of Medicine)
  • Dental Anesthesiology (3 years)
  • Dental Public Health (1 or 2 years)

Our department has a grant-sponsored orthodontic/orthognathic fellowship for training fellows in the treatment of patients with jaw disharmonies. Moreover, our department was recently recognized for our efforts in pediatric oral health by being awarded a grant of $2.5 million over the next five years by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In coordination with Interprofessional Education with the Department of Pediatrics, we are in the process of creating a public health-infused pediatric dentistry training opportunity. This innovative program will provide outreach to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to ensure cultural competency training for the next generation of pediatric dentists and physicians. Our integrated and farsighted program is designed to provide patients with the best possible oral health care.