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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Walter Guralnick, DMD, a retired former Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at Massachusetts General Hospital, was recently honored for his contribution to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the Medical College in Chengdu, China.
In 1979, Dr. Guralnick and his wife Betty made their first trip to China, which had recently opened up after President Nixon’s visit. Later that year, Dr. Guralnick and Betty returned to travel with a team of doctors around China teaching and giving lectures about topics in dentistry, e.g., temporomandibular joint and orthognathic surgery and caries prevention with fluoridation.
While Dr. Guralnick lectured to and operated with Chinese surgical colleagues on a host of congenital and acquired jaw and facial deformities, Betty, a trained Social Worker, instructed students and staff in patient assessment and life in the United States. Dr. Guralnick also helped his colleagues and the Chinese government to start a very successful dental health program in China.
When the Chengdu Dean of Dental Surgery and his colleagues travelled to Boston in early 2013, they presented Dr. Guralnick with a medal at a banquet ceremony and displayed photographs of their newly completed museum, a section of which has been devoted to Dr Guralnick for his many years of service to their institution.
Read Dr. Guralnick’s own account of his work in China here.
Photo Caption: From left to right: Dr. Guralnick, his wife, Betty, and Dr. Wang Dazhang, who spent two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1983 to 1984.
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