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Amsterdam Dental Operatory

The Only Source of Oral Health Care for the Neediest in Philadelphia

The Dr. Morton Amsterdam Dental Operatory at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Services Health Center in Philadelphia will support and benefit one of the most underserved populations in all of Pennsylvania. Sixty percent of the patients depend on Medicaid and twenty percent do not have health insurance. For thousands of children and adults, there is no other source for oral health and services.

The center is a comprehensive, nurse-managed health center run by the Family Practice & Counseling Network in collaboration with Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professionals. The Center’s target population is the residents of the four public housing developments in the 11th Street corridor where residents have a median family income of $15,000.

In 2014 the center provided over 32,000 patient visits.

Morton Amsterdam Dental Operatory


  • 86% African American
  • 7% Latino
  • 2/3 of patients are female
  • 1/3  of patients are below age 18
  • 38% between ages 25-44 years old

Dr. Morton Amsterdam

"Your contribution will give back in perpetuity, just as Morty gave throughout his life." says Dr. Arnold Weisgold, Morton Amsterdam's dental partner of more than 30 years.

Morton Amsterdam, D.D.S., Sc.D., F.A.C.D., was an internationally-renowned dental educator, clinician and innovator who was regarded as “the father of periodontal prosthesis” for his far-reaching impact on the fields of periodontics and advanced restorative dentistry.

Dr. Amsterdam was Professor Emeritus of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in Penn Dental Medicine’s Department of Periodontics. A 1945 graduate of Penn Dental Medicine and a 1943 alumnus of Penn’s College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Amsterdam served as Chairman of the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry within the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine from 1963-67 and was Director of Penn Dental Medicine’s Graduate Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis from 1969-73. He also held academic appointments at Temple University, Boston University, Harvard University, and The Medical College of Pennsylvania.

In a 1977 tribute issue of The Alpha Omegan, the publication of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, Dr. Amsterdam was honored with the fraternity’s Achievement Medal. Penn Dental Medicine paid tribute to Dr. Amsterdam’s innumerable contributions to the School and periodontics with the naming of the D. Walter Cohen and Morton Amsterdam Periodontal Clinic in 2008. The Dr. Morton Amsterdam Dental Operatory at the 11th Street Health Services Center will be among the most important of Dr. Amsterdam's many contributions to the community.