Zameera Fida, DMD
, received a BS in nutritional sciences in 2004 from the University of Florida where she conducted research analyzing the growth and diet of pediatric HIV patients. Dr. Fida received her DMD in 2008 from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). She was nominated by the HSDM faculty for the Pierre Fauchard Academy Scholarship. Dr. Fida received her certificate in pediatric dentistry from Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and is currently the Predoctoral Director of Pediatric Dentistry at HSDM and full-time staff member at BCH. As a lecturer and clinical instructor at HSDM, she leads seminars on topics pertinent to pediatric dentistry. Board-certified in pediatric dentistry by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Dr. Fida works routinely with the emergency department of BCH to create educational workshops on dental trauma for their attendings and fellows. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry
and is a member of the American Dental Association, AAPD, Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Her current research interests include trauma, dental education, and caries prevention.
Howard L. Needleman, DMD
, is a pediatric dentist who has been in both clinical practice and academic dentistry since 1974. He graduated cum laude from HSDM in 1972 and completed his postdoctoral residency in pediatric dentistry at BCH in 1974. Dr. Needleman has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal for Scholastic Excellence, the Dr. Norman B. Nesbett Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry, the Award for Exceptional Interest in the Development of the Orofacial Complex, the Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Silver Anniversary Award from HSDM.
Dr. Needleman is currently a clinical professor of oral and developmental biology at HSDM and a senior associate in dentistry at BCH where he is actively engaged in clinical research and teaching. In addition, Dr. Needleman is a founding partner of Chestnut Dental Associates, a multispecialty group dental practice in which he has practiced pediatric dentistry for more than 30 years. Dr. Needleman has served on numerous state and national professional committees and has authored more than 60 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited numerous dental textbooks and authored multiple chapters in both medical and dental texts.