Dr. Howard M. ElsonAbout Dr. Howard Elson

Dr. Howard Elson attended Queens College in New York City and The College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he earned his DMD degree in 1972. After serving with the U.S. Army (Fort Jackson, S.C., where he "preserved the biting strength of our combat troops"), Dr. Elson completed his residency in Pediatric Dentistry in Pittsburgh. After two years as an associate, he opened his own practice, which he currently maintains, in McKeesport, PA.

Fiddler spoofDr. Elson has presented many seminars and lectures on pediatric dentistry, and has served as local dental society president and public relations director for the Dental Society of Western Pennsylvania. He has served as Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and started the pediatric dental program at Southwestern Ambulatory Surgical Center, where he maintains a staff appointment. A Fellow of the International College of Dentists, Howard has received awards and commendations from the United States Army, Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity and the American Society of Dentistry for Children, among others.

Howard and wife Robin, a CPA, have two children, Philip and Lauren. Philip, the play-by-play "voice" of the Arkansas Travelers, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's AA minor league baseball affiliate, and wife Julie are expecting their first child in June. Lauren teaches 3rd grade and coaches girl's basketball at Community Day School of Pittsburgh. She's married to Dan Bartholomae, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at the University of Pittsburgh.

Born within walking distance of Yankee Stadium and raised near Shea Stadium, early on Dr. Elson developed his love of baseball. In Pittsburgh he did a three-year stint on KDKA Radio as a sports commentator, then as host of his own radio sports talk show. In 1988 he was honored as "Western Pennsylvania's funniest and best commentator."

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