You're probably wondering "Who is Dr. Scharf? What are his qualifications? Why should I choose him to be my periodontist?" Dr. Scharf is highly respected in his field, not only because of his extensive education and experience but also because of his personal attention to each and every patient and his commitment to making their treatment as comfortable as possible. He is the top dentist in Suffolk County NY.
Education and Experience
Dr. Scharf was raised in North Massapequa and graduated fourth in his class from Plainedge High School with honors. He attended both college and dental school at Boston University, where he graduated cum laude. Dr. Scharf was enrolled in an accelerated honors program where he earned undergraduate and dental degrees in six years instead of the usual eight. (Dr. Scharf was one of only three students selected nationwide for this prestigious program.)
Dr. Scharf was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon (the "Phi Beta Kappa" for dentists) and received the Boston University award for Excellence in Periodontology. He was also awarded the Boston University Predoctoral Prosthetic Award for Excellence in Prosthetics, the Academy of General Dentistry Outstanding Senior Student Award, the Boston University Operative Dentistry Special Achievement Award, and the Quintessence Publishing Company Outstanding Senior Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. When you choose Dr. Scharf, you are choosing a doctor who graduated at the top of his class!
Following dental school, Dr. Scharf completed a yearlong General Practice Residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. As a resident participating in this top New York program, he gained extensive clinical experience in such fields as prothodontics, periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, management of the medically compromised patient, and general dentistry. This experience was augmented by clinical rotations in the departments of general medicine, anesthesia, and emergency medicine. This intensive medical training outside the specialty field of periodontics is rare among dentists and makes Dr. Scharf able to offer his patients extra reassurance and confidence in his skills and knowledge.
While completing his residency, Dr. Scharf was asked to join a group practice in general dentistry in Plainview, New York. The years he spent practicing family dentistry gave him a unique perspective as a specialist working together with general dentists to provide the best care for his patients.
Dr. Scharf returned to school full-time for specialty training in the field of Periodontics while continuing his general practice on a part-time basis. He was one of four dentists chosen out of over 200 applicants for the highly competitive position as a postdoctoral resident in periodontics at New York University, received exhaustive training, and did extensive clinical research in the fields of both periodontics and implants.
Leader in His Field
Dr. Scharf developed a new surgical technique for soft tissue ridge augmentation, and his research has greatly simplified implant surgery. In May 1995, Dr. Scharf became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. This was the culmination of years of preparation and involved both written and oral examinations. Nationwide, less than 25 percent of periodontists ever reach this level of achievement.
Dr. Scharf held the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor in periodontics at New York University, where he trained dental students in periodontics. He subsequently held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he educated dentists training to be specialists in periodontics. Dr. Scharf is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Implant Dentistry at New York University, where he is responsible for providing advanced implant training to other dental specialists. This position also gives him access to new research findings months and even years before publication, allowing him to offer his patients care from the very leading edge of dental research.
Having published numerous articles in major dental journals in the fields of both periodontics and implants, Dr. Scharf is frequently called upon to lecture to his colleagues. He has lectured at local, national, and international levels (including in India and Korea) and is the founder and President of the Integrated Dental Group, an organization he created to further the continuing dental education of local dentists. Dr. Scharf is committed to continuing his own education. He is one of a handful of dentists on all of Long Island with over 2,400 hours of continuing education credits. This is over 10 times the required amount of continuing education credits required, which showcases Dr. Scharf's commitment to providing the best in dental care to his patients by staying abreast of the latest technologies, methods, and instruments available.
Why His Patients Love Him
Dr. Scharf's patients continually comment on his kind and gentle manner. He is especially good with apprehensive patients, with a contagious sense of humor and a gentle touch that quickly puts patients at ease. (Please visit the patient letters section of this site to read what Dr. Scharf's patients have to say about their experience in his office.)
Dr. Scharf currently divides his time between his thriving practice in Babylon, New York, and his teaching and research responsibilities at New York University. Dr. Scharf lives locally with his wife, Karen, and their three young children, and serves the local community as both a volunteer fireman and an emergency medical technician.