Dr. Benjamin Saleh
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
“Growing up in Israel and being a Maxillofacial surgeon gave me a strong appreciation to the task at hand. A well equipped oral pathology lab is a crucial component in the treatment of patients with Maxillofacial diseases and helping support Israel and its population is our obligation. “
Doctor Saleh obtained his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in dental surgery at Université McGill in 1985. He received a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the Montefiore Medical Center in New York in 1989. He is a fellow of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology and the Académie Pierre Fauchard. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Saleh is affiliated with the Jewish General Hospital of Montreal and McGill University where he teaches residents.
As a dedicated oral surgeon, he performs surgery, including several other related procedures on both soft and hard tissues of the oral regions, thus treating defects, injuries and diseases. He collaborates with other medical professionals, such as orthodontists and restorative dentists to provide the right treatment plan. He also performs the needed surgery in order to prepare the mouth for procedures such as dental implants.
In 2003 and 2004, he was President of the Association des chirurgiens buccaux et maxillofaciaux du Québec. He is a conference speaker for the Ordre des Dentistes as well as at national and international conventions.
Alpha Omega Mount Royal Dental Society
Dr. Marcelo Bercovici, President
Israel Bonds Dental Division
Dr. Jacob Tink, Chairman
Israel Bonds Dental Division Committee
Dr. David Baker
Dr. Elliot Goldenberg
Dr. Sam Israelovitch
Dr. Ben Saleh
Dr. Melvin Schwartz
Dr. Marvin Steinberg
Dr. William Steinman
Dr. Michael Tenenbaum
Dr. Harry Wise
Dr. Martin Wise
Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University
Mr. Sharon J. Fraenkel, Executive Director, Ottawa, Quebec & Atlantic Canada
Mr. Stephen Adler, Executive Director, Ontario and Western Canada
Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University Campaign Committee
Dr. Joel Abikhzer
Dr. Jonathan Albilia
Dr. Roy Aviv
Dr. Arav David
Mr. Alex Elbaz
Dr. Noemi Elhadad
Prof. Liran Levin
Dr. Paul Lieberman
Dr. Ronnie Korman
Dr. Jason Retter
Dr. Marcy Schwartzman
Dr. Stewart Shapiro
Dr. Michael Tenenbaum
Dr. Avi Wurman
Prof. Shlomo Matalon
Head, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University
“Thank you to our Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University for taking the lead in raising the critical funds needed to improve our Oral Pathology Department at the Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine. On behalf of all professors, researchers, students, and patients, your generous support will enable us to launch new ideas and will help us to continue to thrive into the 21st century.
Prof. Matalon graduated from the Goldschlager School of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, at Tel-Aviv University in 1986 where he obtained his DMD degree and serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation since his graduation. He attended a four-year Post-doctoral programme with emphasis on antibacterial properties of dental materials, at the Department of Prosthodontics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 2008.
Prof. Matalon has been a member of the IADR since 1989. Served as the president of the Israeli Division of IADR (2014) and a board member of the Pan-European Region of IADR (since 2013). A member and co-founder of the International Academy of Adhesive Dentistry.
His primary research interest involves studies related to the interaction between bacteria, dental materials and dental implants, on which Prof. Matalon has published more than 50 original papers on peer- reviewed journals. Prof. Matalons is a reviewer for several journals and lecture nationally and internationally. In 2014, he became the Head of School of Dental Medicine in Tel Aviv University
Prof. Ilana Kaplan
Director, Oral Pathology Department, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University
I was born in Romania and my family immigrated to Israel when I was 2 years old. After serving in the IDF for 2 years, I studied at TAU’s Dental School where I graduated in 1982. I then went on to work as a dentist in a community clinic for several years, and at the same time became a mother of 3.
My interest in Tel Aviv University’s Dental Pathology Laboratory
I decided to specialize in oral pathology and was accepted back to the Dental School at TAU, graduating in 1995. I stayed on at the Pathology Department to teach dental students, as well as train residents in oral pathology and oral medicine within our department. As a researcher, my focus is on oral cancer and pre-malignant conditions of the oral mucosa, with over 70 scientific publications and active participation in conferences both in Israel and internationally.
Due to the lack of licensed oral pathologists in Israel, I am also head of the oral pathology services in two major medical centres in the Tel Aviv area, serving as a consultant to the Departments of Oral Surgery, ENT, Dermatology and Oncology. Within the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service at TAU, I am involved in consulting for cases referred from other hospitals in which there are no oral pathologists.
I am proud to have taken part in teaching oral pathology to the next generations of dentists and specialists, a field which I feel is extremely important. Oral cavities are more than teeth and tooth aches - well trained dentists should be able to recognize and diagnose various abnormalities, which may represent systemic disease, pre-malignancy or oral cancer. Considering that for over 10 years, TAU has been the only place in which oral pathology is being actively taught in Israel, I feel even stronger that it should continue to thrive and provide the highest level of academic and research standards.
This has been my mission for the last 30 years, and I hope that with your generous contribution, we will be able to renovate our department and laboratory floor, as well as acquire state of the art equipment, so we can continue to keep a high level of research, diagnosis, teaching and training.
Prof. Marilena Vered
Professor of Oral Pathology, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University
“Under the pathologist's microscope, life and death fight in an illuminated circle in a sort of cellular bullfight..." Yann Martel, The High Mountains of Portugal
I was born in Romania and immigrated to Israel at the age of 10. I completed Elementary School and High School in Bat Yam, served 2 years in the IDF and graduated dentistry in 1992 at the Faculty of Dental Medicine, at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem.
My interest in Tel Aviv University’s Dental Pathology Laboratory
I was determined to continue my training in dentistry and therefore chose the specialty of oral pathology at the Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University (TAU). I enjoyed every day of my training, as each time I looked at the microscope, I was able to discover an entire world speaking to me in a new language that I was eager to familiarize with as fast as possible. I also became well aware of the challenges and responsibility that a pathologist has to cope with, but this did not deter me from my plan to become a specialist in oral pathology!
I graduated my training in 2001 and remained in the department in which I was trained at TAU. My mentors, Prof. Amos Buchner and Prof. Dan Dayan (z’l), who founded the specialty of oral pathology in Israel, introduced me into the fascinating world of research in the field of oral pathology. So, being equipped with knowledge and terms of basic research I started to build up my professional way.
For nearly 20 years, I have kept passing my knowledge and experience to under-graduate students, trainees and specialists from various disciplines in dentistry, always emphasizing our main goal as doctors - listen to the patients, ask them questions, examine thoroughly the entire oral cavity, and even if a small “innocent-looking” lesion is found, a right diagnosis and fast treatment can save their lives!
In addition to my work at TAU, I am also in charge of oral pathology services in the Department of Pathology in a large medical center near Tel Aviv. The oral surgeons that I work with, always mention the great advantage of having their biopsies examined by an oral pathologist, who is aware of both worlds of dentistry and pathology. I also feel very proud when my colleagues from general pathology consult with me on a challenging case from the head and neck area and tell me that I was able to help them solve their case. I cannot describe the enormous joy knowing that young patients with large and aggressive tumors are successfully treated by a pill that is taken twice a day instead of losing their jaws due to my finding in their biopsies!
As the head of the Department in which I have been trained in the past, and given that this is the only department in Israel in which the specialty of oral pathology is taught nowadays, I feel that I am involved in a mission on a national scale, to keep passing the legacy of this important specialty to new generations at the highest academic level. Therefore, your generous contribution to the renovation of our laboratory floor will help us bring our facilities for teaching and researching to a state-of-the-art level!