Steven S. Schwartz, 70
"Godfather of Pediatric Dentistry" on Staten Island
Dr. Steven S. Schwartz of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Monroe Township, N.J., passed away on Oct. 25, 2018, at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer.
Dr. Schwartz graduated from Brooklyn College and received his DDS degree from New York University School of Dentistry. He completed his residency at the Jewish Hospital and Medical Center of Brooklyn.
Dr. Schwartz was the first pediatric dentist to practice on Staten island. He remained in private practice there for 30 years. He developed a residency program in pediatric dentistry at Staten Island University Hospital, where he remained director of that program for 12 years, retiring in 2017.
He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and author of numerous clinical and practice management articles. He was a member of Procter & Gamble's Dentalcare.com
Advisory Board and served as president of the Richmond County Dental Society as well as the New York State Association of Pediatric Dentists.
In his retirement, Dr. Schwartz began teaching at Nova Southeast University School of Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was an associate professor.
Dr. Schwartz and his family settled in East Brunswick, N.J., in 1987. He was a member of the East Brunswick Jewish Center, where he served as president. In East Brunswick, he developed a love for biking, which he continued to do up until the very end of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Esther Kalina Schwartz; a son, Jason Schwartz; a daughter, Erica Werber, son-in-law Yaron Werber, and two grandchildren, Ella and Jed. He is also survived by his sister, Fran Schwartz Belasco.
Published by Staten Island Advance on Oct. 29, 2018.