Kiet A. Ly, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Health Sciences
Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Background and Research Interests
Dr. Kiet A. Ly is Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Health Sciences and an investigator with the Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities.
Dr. Ly is a physician trained in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He completed an Oral Health Research Fellowship (NRSA, 2002-04) with the Department of Dental Public Health Sciences (now the Department of Oral Health Sciences). Dr. Ly earned his MS (physiology, 1989) and MD (1995) at Georgetown University. He trained in Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) at Baystate Medical Center (1998) and Preventive Medicine (2000) at the University of Washington where he also received a MPH (2000) in Epidemiology and International Health.
Dr. Ly’s research has been focused on prevention clinical trials to prevent tooth decay among high-risk children through the use of xylitol, topical fluoride, and antimicrobials. He has a keen interest in work at the interface of pediatric medicine and dentistry in designing, developing, evaluating, and implementing oral health preventive interventions. His oral health research interests are expanding to include children with special health care needs (CSHCN).
He also participates in community-based epidemiological research in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health among Asian immigrants and in Southeast-Asia with colleagues in the School of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology.
1. Roberts MC, Soge OO, Horst JA, Ly KA, Milgrom P. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from dental school clinic surfaces and students. Am J Infect Control. 2011 Oct;39(8):628-32. PubMed PMID: 21962840.
2. Ton TG, Steinman L, Yip MP, Ly KA, Sin MK, Fitzpatrick AL, Tu SP. Knowledge of cardiovascular health among Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese immigrants to the US. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Feb;13(1):127-39.
3. Fitzpatrick AL, Steinman LE, Tu SP, Ly KA, Ton TG, Yip MP, Sin MK. Using Photovoice to Understand Cardiovascular Health Awareness in Asian Elders. Health Promot Pract. 2010 Nov 5.
4. Milgrom P, Ly KA, Rothen M. Xylitol and its vehicles for public health needs. Adv Dent Res., 2009; 21(1):44-7. Epub 2009 Jul 31.
5. Milgrom P, Ly KA, Tut OK, Mancl L, Roberts M, Briand M, Gancio MJ. Xylitol pediatric topical oral syrup to prevent dental caries: a double blind, randomized clinical trial of efficacy. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2009; 163, 601-7.
6. Ly KA, Riedy CA, Milgrom P, Rothen M, Roberts MC, Zhou L: Xylitol gummy bear snacks: a school-based randomized clinical trial. BMC Oral Health 2008; 8:20.
7. Ly KA, Milgrom P, Rothen M: The potential of dental-protective chewing gum in oral health interventions. J Am Dent Assoc, 2008; 139(5):553-563.
8. Ly KA, Milgrom P, Roberts MC, Yamaguchi DK, Rothen M. Linear Response of Mutans Streptococci to Increasing Frequency of Xylitol Chewing Gum Use: A Randomized Controlled Trial. BMC Oral Health, 2006; 6(1):6.
9. Ly KA, Rothen M, Milgrom P. Xylitol, Sweeteners and Dental Caries: A Practical Overview for Clinicians. Pediatr Dent, 2006; 28:154-163.
10. Milgrom P, Ly KA, Roberts M, Rothen M, Mueller G. Mutans Streptococci Dose Response to Xylitol Chewing Gum. J Dent Res, 2006;85:177-181