Dr. Alan S. Exler, 51, chief of dentistry at Sinai Hospital

November 13, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Dr. Alan S. Exler, an oral surgeon, teacher and Sinai Hospital's chief of dentistry, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 51 and lived in Owings Mills.

An assistant professor at the University of Maryland's School of Dentistry, he was a classroom instructor and hands-on teacher at its downtown Baltimore clinic. In his 24 years in the profession, he founded dental offices in Glen Burnie and Bel Air and also practiced in Eastpoint and Pikesville.

"He was someone who was incredibly devoted to the patients at Sinai," said Warren Green, chief executive officer of LifeBridge Health, Sinai's parent corporation. "He loved the practice of oral surgery and gave himself to improving the scope and quality of dental service."

"He was one of those truly dedicated people who worked well with everyone and was especially well-liked by his students," said Dr. James R. Hupp, chairman of UM's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Ivan "Scott" Fried, a dental colleague and former college roommate, said, "He was a perfectionist who held high standards for himself and for those who worked with him."

Born in Baltimore and raised in Sudbrook Park, he was a 1968 graduate of Milford Mill High School. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1972 and from the UM dental school in 1977. He received a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from Washington University at St. Louis and interned at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Dr. Exler was a past president of the Maryland Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and served on the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

Friends recalled him as a person who liked to relax on his boat, the Seadation.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Pamela Crawford; two sons, Cary and Ross Exler of Owings Mills; his parents, Alvin and Beverly Exler of Baltimore; and a brother, Dr. Michael Exler, and sister, Dr. Karen Exler Jacobs, both of Baltimore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

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