Some friendships last a lifetime, then leave an enduring legacy in their wake. Such was the bond between Robert C. Fazio, DMD and Dr. Leslie Fang, whose close friendship began in Harvard Medical School, decades ago.
Dr. Fazio, a former faculty member with DOCS Education, was an outstanding clinician, educator, author, and public speaker. Dr. Fazio regularly lectured at DOCS Education seminars on topics including: Oral Sedation Dentistry; Antibiotics in Dentistry; Periodontitis & Peri-Implantitis; and Medicine, Dentistry and Drugs. Attending one of his courses was to witness an instructor who was at once a master of pedagogy and an eloquent presenter who charmed professional audiences around the world with his genuine warmth and dedication. Sadly, Dr. Fazio was taken from us on April 29th of 2018, at the age of 68.
“It is difficult to envision that my lifelong friend and collaborator, Bob Fazio, has had an early and untimely death,” wrote Dr. Fang. “This is clearly a great loss to friends and family, to dental education, and to the dental profession; it is also an immense personal loss to me.” You can read his personal eulogy to his friend here.
Dr. Fazio was a warm, engaging, generous man who truly cared about others. He had a passion for imparting his considerable knowledge to aspiring dental professionals. That profound legacy lives on in the Robert C. Fazio Memorial Grant, which will provide ten full-tuition grants for an oral sedation class to eligible dentists who provide free and/or reduced-cost care to underserved populations.
The purpose of this annual Grant is to give humanitarian leaders the opportunity to safely treat their patients with Sedation Dentistry while helping shoulder the financial contribution required to serve society’s most disadvantaged.
“Bob was acutely aware of the way that he was improving patient welfare in the day-to-day practice of the dental professional,” according to Dr. Fang.
DOCS is delighted to honor the late Dr. Fazio and continue his mission to positively impact the lives of others—from individuals to whole communities—through sedation dentistry.
We know Robert would have been extremely pleased to know such a grant would one day continue his life’s work and his legacy.
For more information on the Robert C. Fazio grant, or to apply, visit SedationCare.com
Author: Kelly John Walker is Senior Writer and Editor with Strategic Dentistry, the parent company of DOCS Education. He holds a Master of Science (MS) degree in Environmental Science from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Composition.