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NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Chief of Dentistry

Dr. Eleanor Olsen


Dr. Eleanor J. Olsen has been the Director of the Dental Department at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island since 1985. During her tenure, Dr. Olsen established the dental services at Westend Health Center with a two-chair facility attached to a geriatric residential facility. In 1989, recognizing the need for expansion, Dr. Olsen was instrumental in opening the Ida G. Israel CHC Dental Center, a full service clinic.

In 2012, the dental center was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and the clinic had to be moved to Kings County Hospital Center where it was warmly welcomed by Dr. Julius Berger. Due to the distance of the new headquarters, very few patients were able to visit the clinic. With assistance of Dr. Lawrence Bailey, Dr. Olsen was able to borrow a mobile dental van to re-establish dental services in closer proximity to the community in February, 2013. The van was located in the parking lot of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island until a small temporary dental clinic could be set up at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. Fortunately, the clinic’s presence at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island has successfully increased patient visits by 45 percent.

During the past years, Dr. Olsen has worked tirelessly to oversee the design and construction of a modern home for our dental center. On July 15, 2015, she cut the ribbon on the brand new Ida G. Israel CHC Dental Center. This cutting edge dental center is expected to be fully operational by September 1, 2015.

In collaboration with Dr. Peter Sherman, Dr. Olsen has established oral surgery services by rotating Woodhull oral surgery residents to NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. Dr. Olsen also established a general practice residency program and successfully recruited six PGY1 residents who began their post-doctorate education on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Olsen, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in organic chemistry and her DDS degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Dental Services:

Because we firmly believe that all patients have the right to receive the highest quality health care, our stated mission at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Dental Department is to provide oral healthcare services to everyone in need of them. We not only offer quality dental care, but we are committed to educating our patients. Our goal is for all of our patients to develop and maintain good dental habits. In addition, we provide comprehensive dental care, including hygiene and prophylactic fluoride treatments, sealants, nutritional counseling, periodontal treatments, and oral cancer screenings.