Biography of Michael D. Kurtz, SportsDDS
Mike Kurtz grew up in Sunnyside, Queens. He attended P.S. 150 until fourth grade. In 1959 the family relocated to Hollis Park Gardens where he went to General Nathaniel Woodhull School (P.S. 35). A product of the New York City public school system he completed programs at Queens Village JHS 109 (1966) and Jamaica High School (1969). Afterward he pursued simultaneous studies at Boston and Harvard Universities. Dr. Kurtz is a graduate of Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery (1977) where he served as a member of the Faculty and an Officer of the University from 1996 until 2004. An expert in the history of dentistry, Dr. Kurtz is renowned for his Award Winning article, “Columbia University; And Those That Made It the Mecca of Dental Education.” In 1986, he donated an impressive collection of rare medical & dental books to Columbia Augustus Long Health Sciences Library. Dr. Kurtz is also a former Board Member of the American Red Cross.
For almost 10 years, Dr. Kurtz was an independent consulting dentist to St. John’s University. Under Coach Lou Carnesecca, HOF 2, he cared for members of the elite 1985 “Redmen” Basketball Team. That team made it to the NCAA Final Four. He is author of a major textbook chapter in Mosby Sports Medicine; Principles of Primary Care. This became the genesis for his trademark Internet handle; SportsDDS.com .
Michael D. Kurtz interests in electronics and computer networks have earned him recognition from Harvard, MIT, RPI, NYU and AT&T Bell Labs. As a past President of the Union Turnpike Merchants Association Dr. Kurtz used his technical abilities to encourage members to adopt e-mail as their official means of communication. He pioneered one of the first major merchant association web sites in New York City. The New York Times, Newsday and New York Daily News acclaimed its sophistication.
Mike Kurtz is an advocate for Parks and an environmentalist. Former NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern (Starquest) conferred the honorary name of “Shorty“ upon him. For three years Dr. Kurtz served as Second VP to Friends of Cunningham Park. He is a supporter of APEC.
As a photojournalist, his lens captured everything from presidents, international dignitaries and clergy to victims of the Colombian Earthquake of 1999. He is a recipient of a New York Press Association Award for Spot News Coverage of Swissair Disaster Flight #111. His unforgettable photos of Peggy Cove, Nova Scotia appeared in the Queens Courier Newspaper.
On June 8th, 1999 he served as Distinguished Honoree for the NY World’s Fair Commemorative Gala on behalf of Queens Museum of Art. Dr. Kurtz was awarded the coveted Winged Victory. Honorees have included: Hon. Rudolph Giuliani, Mayor of the City of New York; Esther Silver-Parker, President of the AT&T Foundation; Thomas Hoving, Jr., Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art; David Marmion, President, United States Tennis Association; Hon. Claire Shulman, President of the Borough of Queens. Dr. Kurtz was personally congratulated by the Hon. Sheldon S. Leffler, NYC Council Member, Hon. Nita M. Lowey, Member of Congress, Hon. Gregory W. Meeks, Member of Congress and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Resume of Michael D. Kurtz, SportsDDS
07/77 – 06/78 U.S. VETERANS ADMIN. HOSPITAL; Sepulveda, California – General Practice Residency Certificate – Letter of commendation for rotation through anesthesiology
09/73 – 05/77 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; New York, New York – Doctor of Dental Surgery – Excelled and remembered for studies in the history of the profession
09/69 – 05/73 BOSTON UNIVERSITY; Boston, Massachusetts – Bachelor of Arts in Biology – Applied scientific techniques in conjunction with Geology Dept. for environmental protection of town of Carlisle, Massachusetts
07/72 HARVARD UNIVERSITY; Cambridge, Massachusetts – Certificate in Electronics – Electronics research at Cruft Laboratories, Division of Engineering and Applied Physics
12/96 – 06/04 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; New York, New York – Faculty School of Dental & Oral Surgery – Lecturer in Dentistry with focus on dental sports injuries and their prevention
01/85 – 01/95 INCARNATION SCHOOL; Queens Village, New York – Director, Dental Assistant Program – Listed in both the Catholic Red Book & Blue Book
09/83 – Present ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY; Jamaica Estates, New York – Independent Consulting Dentist – Included care of members of the NCAA First Division “Redmen” Basketball Team “Road To The Final Four” without official contract
06/05 – Present ACADEMY FOR SPORTS DENTISTRY; Fellow – one of thrity-five world-wide
10/97 – 10/00 FRIENDS OF CUNNINGHAM PARK; Queens, New York – Board of Directors – Second Vice President in charge of Public Relations
10/96 – 08/98 AMERICAN RED CROSS; Briarwood, New York – Board of Directors – Chapter is noted for its outstanding work on the Flight #800 Air Disaster
10/96 – 10/98 UNION TURNPIKE MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION; Fresh Meadows, New York – President, Business Organization – 501c3 non-profit similar to a Chamber of Commerce recognized as having the best web site in Queens
10/83 – Present B.P.O. ELKS LODGE #1; New York, New York – Fraternal Organization – Lodge No. 1 is the “Mother Lodge of Elkdom”
04/77 – Present COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; New York, New York – William Jarvie Society For Dental Research – For excellence in scholastic achievement and special interest in the furtherance of dental research
June 8, 1999 CONGRESSIONAL PROCLAMATION, Washington, DC – Resolved that Michael D. Kurtz, DDS, be recognized and applauded as one of this year’s honorees for his dedicated involvement within the Queens community and his commitment to the Queens Museum of Art; Hon.Nita M. Lowey, Member of Congress
June 8, 1999 CONGRESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Washington, DC – In recognition of Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community; Hon. Gregory W. Meeks, Member of Congress
June 8, 1999 NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL CITATION, New York City, NY – Recognized that in Dr. Michael D. Kurtz we have an outstanding citizen, one who is worthy of the esteem of both the community and the great City of New York; Hon. Sheldon S. Leffler, NYC Council Member
1999 NEW YORK PRESS ASSOCIATION, Albany, New York – Third in New York State in the catagory of “Spot News Coverage.” Photos of Flight #111 Swissair Disaster at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. Staff Photojournalist, Queens Courier Newspaper, www.queenscourier.com
1989 INCARNATION SCHOOL; Queens Village, New York – Distinguished Service Award in Appreciation – “In appreciation for all your help to Incarnation School”
1984 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL; Jamaica Estates, New York – Certificate of Devoted & Invaluable Service – Science Fair Judge & Guest Lecturer on Oral Health
1977 AMERICAN ACADEMY OF THE HISTORY OF DENTISTRY – M.D.K. Bremner Award – National award for authoring best article dealing with the history of the profession of dentistry
1976 ST. JOHN’S QUEENS HOSPITAL – Emergency Medical Technician NYS-DOH Bureau of Emergency Health Services Certificate No 041338 – Outstanding Traumatic Injury Experience (Exp 12/21/1979)
Academy For Sports Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Red Cross, B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1, Dental Society of the State of New York, Queens County Dental Society
Kurtz, Michael D. & Cindy Kurtz. The Mystery of the Kul Oba Vase; a Scythian Treasure. Bulletin of the History of Dentistry. Vol. 23, No. 1, 1975.
Kurtz, Michael D. . Columbia University and Those Who Made It The Mecca of Dental Education. Bulletin of the History of Dentistry. Vol. 26, No. 2, 1978.
Kurtz, Michael D., Camp, Joe H. & Andreasen, JO. Dental Injuries in Sports Medicine; Principles of Primary Care. C.V. Mosby Publishing Co, St. Louis, 1997.
Kurtz, MD, DDS & Breitweiser RF, ESQ, Protect Yourself and Your Athletes By Requiring Properly Fitted Mouthguards as Standard Equipment, http://www.redwoodsgroup.com/articles-8.asp , Redwoods Group, Morrisville, NC, April, 2000.
Kurtz, Michael D, Camp, Joe H & Andreasen, JO Dental Injuries in Sports Medicine; A Comprehensive Approach, Mosby Yearbook of Elsevier Science, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.
01/93 – 05/94 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY; Cambridge, Massachusetts – Certificate in Computer Networking – Lowell Institute School – Advanced Testing, Maintenance & Trouble Shooting
09/92 – 12/93 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY; New York, New York – Certificate in Local Area Network Administration – One year study of LAN Workstation Fundamentals, Data Communications for LAN’s, Administration of the Novell LAN and Advanced Novell LAN Applications
08/93 RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE; Troy, New York – Certificate in Local Area Networks; Design & Implementation Issues – Chairperson Brainstorming Design Group
6/93 AT&T BELL LABORATORIES; Holmdel, New Jersey – Certificate in Hands-on X.25 – Included use of various Protocol Analyzers
7/72 HARVARD UNIVERSITY; Cambridge, Massachusetts – Certificate in Electronics – Electronics research at Cruft Laboratories, Division of Engineering and Applied Physics
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