2021 Arcora Foundation Distinguished Professor in Dentistry Symposium
Arcora Distinguished Professor in Dentistry: Linda LeResche, ScD, Professor Emeritus, Oral Medicine, University of WashingtonLecture
If one could hold a crystal ball to the future of dentistry, what would one find? And how might those changes or innovations have been created, hindered or sped up based on the events of the last two years? What will the dental professional need to do, learn, or have in place to fully participate in these coming changes?
Four expert panels (“think tanks”) met in May 2021 to discuss trends in several areas affecting the future of dentistry, with a focus on how events of 2020-21 have accelerated or disrupted existing trends or revealed new trends, and how dentistry can respond. The interactive Summarization event will elicit provider/attendees’ perspectives on these issues.
June 19, 2021 Reporting Panels and Discussions
Expert Panel: Innovations and New Technologies
- Wenyuan Shi, PhD, President, CEO & Chief Scientific Officer, The Forsyth Institute
- Laurie McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD, Dean, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan
- Michelle Robinson, DMD, MA, Executive Associate Dean, School of Dentistry, University of Alabama
- Alexandre DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Expert Panel: Scope of Practice and Interaction with Other Health Professions
- Christian Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, Dean, College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University
- Sara Gordon, DDS, MS, Professor & Associate Dean, University of Washington
- Christine Riedy Murphy, MA, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor & Chair, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
- Marko Vujicic, PhD, Chief Economist & Vice President, American Dental Association
June 26, 2021 Reporting Panels and Discussions
Expert Panel: Demographics and Access to Care
- Judith Albino, PhD, President Emerita & Professor, University of Colorado
- Christopher Okunseri, BDS, MSc, MLS, DDPHRCSE, FFDRCSI, Professor, Marquette University
- Jocelyne Feine, DDS, MS, HDR, FITI, FCAHS, Professor, McGill University
- Marita Inglehart, Dr. phil. habil., Professor, University of Michigan
Expert Panel: Practice Structure and Organization
- Kathryn Atchison, DDS, MPH, Professor, UCLA
- Richard Valachovic, DMD, MPH, Professor, New York University
- Jeffrey Fellows, PhD, Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
- Ron E. Inge, DDS, Chief Dental Officer, COO, VP of Professional Services, Delta Dental of Missouri
Topics of Discussion Include
- Medication management of the oral microbiome for oral and systemic health
- Salivary Diagnostics
- Digital Dentistry and Automation
- Vaccination as a routine part of dental practice?
- Machine Learning, Data Science, and the Electronic Health Record
- Dental Patients as Consumers in the age of Amazon
- Value-Based Care
- Oral Health in Marginalized Groups
- Our Aging Population
- The Changing Face of Dental Students – women, students from marginalized communities, Gen Z
- Changes in Where Dentists Practice – private practice, corporate dentistry, etc.
- Integration of Dental and Medical Practice
- Changing Responsibilities within the Dental Team
- And more…
Linda LeResche, ScD, is the 2021 Arcora Foundation Distinguished Professor in Dentistry. Dr. LeResche is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Oral Medicine at the University of Washington (UW). Prior to her retirement, she was Professor of Oral Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty at the UW School of Dentistry, as well as Affiliate Investigator at the Kaiser-Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. She holds a doctoral degree in comparative behavior from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in mental disorder epidemiology at the same institution.
Dr. LeResche conducted pain research at UW for over 30 years. Her early work focused on pain assessment, including facial expressions of pain, as well as assessment and classification of temporomandibular disorders (TMD); she was instrumental in the development of the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders. She also studied the epidemiology of TMD and other pain problems in adults and adolescents, with a focus on gender differences in chronic pain and the role of hormonal factors in TMD. Her more recent research assessed the effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain in older adults.
Dr. LeResche has long-standing interest in research education. From 1991-2010, she served as Director of the UW School of Dentistry’s summer research fellowship (SURF) program, funded by NIDCR. She received AADR’s inaugural Mentor of the Year Award in 1998. From 2007-2011 she held an NIDCR grant to enhance the School’s teaching of evidence-based dentistry. She currently co-directs the multidisciplinary pre-doctoral translational research training program (TL1) of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, UW’s CTSA.
Dr. LeResche has served on many national and international task forces and committees, including NIH Study Sections and the Population Health panel of the National Pain Strategy Initiative. She was named the 2020 Distinguished Senior Scientist of the IADR Neuroscience Group.
Innovation and New Technologies
Wenyuan Shi, PhD is currently the President, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Science Officer of The Forsyth Institute, a Harvard affiliated world class dental research institute and pediatric dental hospital, which is conducting cutting-edge dental research, technology development and clinical innovation. Prior to this position, Dr. Shi was the chairman and professor of Oral Biology at UCLA School of Dentistry as well as the Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA School of Medicine for 20+ years. Dr. Shi has been leading numerous NIH grants to use multidisciplinary approaches to study oral microbial pathogenesis with a specific focus on microbial biofilm, inter-species interaction and signal transduction. In addition, Dr. Shi’s laboratory is actively involved in the development of next generation of diagnostic and therapeutic tools against oral microbial infections, including instant chairside detection of oral pathogens and peptide based targeted antimicrobial therapeutics. These translational research efforts have resulted in novel technologies that were licensed and developed by major pharmaceutical, dental and biotech companies. Dr. Shi is the founding scientist, former chief scientific officer and chairman of the scientific advisory board of C3J Therapeutics Inc., which is now called Armata Pharmaceuticals (https://www.armatapharma.com), listed on NYSE.
Dr. Shi obtained his BS degree from Fudan University (Shanghai) in 1984, acquired his Ph.D degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 and fulfilled his postdoctoral training at University of California-Berkeley during 1992-1995. He is co-author and co-inventor of over 250 scientific articles and 40 patents and patent applications.
Laurie K. McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD is the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor and Dean, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, and Professor Department of Pathology, Medical School. Dr. McCauley earned her BS, DDS, MS and PhD (Veterinary Pathobiology) from The Ohio State University. She has had several visiting scientist/professor appointments including the Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. McCauley is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, former council member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), former Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR), Fellow, American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists, and served on the NIH National Advisory Dental & Craniofacial Research Council. Dr. McCauley has led an active research program in hormonal controls of bone remodeling, parathyroid hormone anabolic actions in bone, and prostate cancer skeletal metastasis for more than twenty-five years. Among her many recognitions are the inaugural Paula Stern Achievement award (ASBMR), a distinguished scientist award (International Association for Dental Research), the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (American Dental Association), and membership in the National Academy of Medicine.
Michelle A. Robinson, DMD, MA is a leader in academics who has served as interim dean for the School of Education and the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Her responsibilities include management of information technology and informatics, billing and patient finance operations, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness, clinical affairs oversight, faculty development programming, compliance/executive risk assessment, and leadership for the school’s diversity and equity initiatives. She teaches courses in the areas of informatics and digital radiography and mentors dozens of students and residents through electronic health records research and advising with student organizations. Dr. Robinson is a graduate of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and the General Practice Residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and has a biomedical informatics degree from Columbia University. Her certifications include Special Patient Care, Information Technology Project Management, and Online Education. She serves as a grant and manuscript reviewer for submissions related to technology and information management. Dr. Robinson is the recipient of several awards in the areas of teaching, research, service, and mentorship. She is a member of OKU and a fellow in the American and International Colleges of Dentists. She has held multiple leadership roles at the national level, including Chair of the Dental Informatics Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association and Chair of the Dental Informatics Section of ADEA. Dr. Robinson has given lectures, continuing education courses, and served as a consultant for various universities, associations, and study clubs throughout the United States and Europe.
Alexandre DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc, is an Associate Professor at the Biologic & Materials Sciences Department at the University of Michigan Dental School. He has received his Doctorate in Medical Science (DMSc) degree in Oral Biology with clinical training in trigeminal pain at Harvard University. His thesis subject was on somatotopic (fMRI) activation in the human trigeminal pain pathway. This training was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship on migraine neuroimaging at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, to investigate subcortical and cortical neuroplasticity in migraine patients. He was also an Instructor in the Psychiatric Department at Harvard University/McLean Hospital, as well as, an Assistant Clinical Investigator at the Forsyth Institute in Boston. During his training, he collaborated with his colleagues on innovative neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation projects for chronic TMJD, trigeminal neuropathic pain and migraine. He is currently the Director of H.O.P.E. (Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort), which is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort to investigate the brain as a research and therapeutic target for chronic trigeminal pain disorders. The fact that many therapeutic modalities for chronic pain, which focus on peripheral mechanisms, do not provide relief for treatment-resistant patients raises the possibility that the cause for the chronicity of these debilitating disorders may lie in the brain itself. One hypothesis is that functional and structural dysfunction of specific cortical areas (e.g. SI, DLPFC), even at a molecular level (e.g. opioidergic and gabanergic mechanisms), may be responsible for the persistence and intensification of the pain suffering. Together with collaborators from the University of Michigan and other academic institutions, we use state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, PET, MRS, DTI, and MRI-based morphometry) to study neuroplasticity, and to investigate novel therapeutic approaches and mechanisms in chronic trigeminal pain disorders, including TMD the main focus.
Scope of Practice and Interaction with Other Health Professions
Christian S. Stohler DMD, DrMedDent is dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and senior vice president of Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He received his DMD degree from the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he also earned a doctoral degree and obtained certificates in oral and maxillofacial surgery and subsequently in prosthodontics. From 2003-2013, he was the dental dean at the University of Maryland. Between 1979-2002, he held several positions at the University of Michigan, including professor at the School of Dentistry, research scientist at the Center for Human Growth and Development, director of research at the School of Dentistry, and professor and chair of the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences. While at Michigan, he was named the William R. Mann professor and held the Roy & Natalie Roberts endowed chair. He was a member of the NIDCR Board of Scientific Counselors from 2000-2005, and chaired the Board from 2005-2008. Dr. Stohler’s more than 120 publications have been cited more than 12,000 times.
Sara C. Gordon, DDS, MS is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Dentistry and Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Gordon received her DDS from Dalhousie University and her MS (Pathology) from the University of Western Ontario, where she also completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology. She is a diplomate in the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, a fellow in oral medicine and oral pathology in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, a fellow in the American Academy of Oral Pathology, a fellow in dental surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland, a fellow in the American College of Dentists, and a fellow in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine at Drexel University. Dr. Gordon is former president of the Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Medicine and has chaired several sections of the American Dental Education Association. She is a member of the Working Committee for the ADA’s DL-OSCE examination and a board examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in oral medicine and oral pathology. For over 35 years Dr. Gordon has taught dentistry, focusing on oral pathology, oral medicine, diagnosis and treatment planning. Her research has pertained to the diagnosis of oral mucosal disorders, health disparities rooted in social inequity, and widening the scope of dental education to care for the overall health of our patients. She was previously a faculty member at Dalhousie University, University of Detroit Mercy, and University of Illinois Chicago. She has published nearly 100 scientific articles or abstracts and spoken at about 200 events in North America and Europe.
Christine Riedy Murphy, MA, PhD, MPH received her MA (1995) and PhD (1997) in psychology and her MPH in health services (2002) from the University of Washington. Her research has been primarily focused on the understanding and prevention of early childhood caries, particularly in underserved and diverse populations.Recent publications are “A dental intervention with an Alaskan Native population: lessons learned” and “An intergenerational approach to oral health promotion: pregnancy and utilization of dental services”, and “Changing knowledge and beliefs through an oral health pregnancy message.”
Dr. Riedy’s recently funded studies (HRSA, NIH-NIDCR) were focused on the intergenerational aspect of dental disease and behavioral strategies for promoting prenatal dental visits to potentially prevent the initial transmission of infection between mothers and their children. She was the sub-project co-Principal Investigator of Community-Based Intergenerational Oral Health Promotion in Rural America within the Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities at the University of Washington.
Marko Vujicic, PhD currently serves as Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association. Previously, he was Senior Economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C. where he focused on health systems reform in developing countries and directed the global health workforce policy program. He was also a Health Economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In all of these roles, Dr. Vujicic led large-scale strategic initiatives focused on bringing cutting edge data and research to specific health policy challenges.
Dr. Vujicic has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, and Medical Care. He is also the lead author of the book, Working in Health, which examines health workforce challenges globally and has written several book chapters on health care policy issues. His team’s work has been cited by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, NOVA, and The Atlantic. He has been invited to provide testimony to federal and state legislative committees.
Dr. Vujicic holds several academic appointments. He is adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania and affiliate faculty at the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, University of Chicago as well as the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and a visiting assistant professor at Tufts University.
Dr. Vujicic obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from McGill University in Montreal.
Demographics and Access to Care:
Judith Albino, PhD, is President Emerita and Professor Emerita in both the Schools of Public Health and Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado, has been dedicated to dental public health since assuming her first academic position at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine more than forty years ago. After receiving her doctorate at the University of Texas, she was attracted by the opportunity to apply psychological knowledge to problems of health and behavior change. At Buffalo, she taught in the dental public health course and quickly became involved in one of the early clinical trials of caries prevention that was aimed at school-aged children and adolescents. In that work, she developed and evaluated school-based programs using both cognitive behavioral and values clarification strategies, within a peer group approach, to support the adoption of a broad-based caries prevention strategy. Subsequent work focused on understanding and assessing the psychosocial aspects of dentofacial malrelations, an effort that supported policy to include dental services in public funding of health care for children. Most recently, she designed and directed a series of community-based participatory research studies as principal investigator and director of the only NIDCR-funded health disparities research center that focused on the oral health of American Indian people. That work included two clinical trials of innovative behavioral strategies for early childhood caries prevention – one involving mothers and infants and the other using tribal members as oral health coaches; both were planned in collaboration and completed within reservation-based tribal communities. As a member and chairperson of the Board of the Caring for Colorado Foundation, which is dedicated to healthy children and families, Dr. Albino actively supported the SMILES program. SMILES became a top-priority program initiative that has funded oral health innovations within community health centers statewide and worked to achieve positive changes in state policy related to advancing oral health. In spite of a 17-year hiatus from research, when she was focused primarily on academic leadership – including serving as president of the University of Colorado, Dr. Albino’s record of research, teaching, and programmatic contributions reflect a truly outstanding career in dental public health. She has extended her knowledge and experience to others in public health through training and facilitation of leadership programs for ADEA, IADR, ASPPH, NNOHA, and others, as well as at the University of Colorado and at other dental schools. Dr. Albino works actively as a senior consultant with the AAL Group, providing organizational consulting and executive coaching in higher education and health care. Currently, she is Project Co-Director and Scientific Editor for the forthcoming NIH Report on Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges. That Report can be expected to strongly influence the agenda for planning, advocacy and research in public health dentistry for decades to come.
Christopher Okunseri, BDS, MSc, MLS, DDPHRCSE, FFDRCSI is a professor (with tenure) and Director of the Predoctoral Program in Dental Public Health at Marquette University’s School of Dentistry. He is also an adjunct professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and the immediate Past President of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr Okunseri is engaged in patient care, research and teaching at the pre-doctoral and graduate levels, and his research interests include epidemiology of oral conditions, behavioral science, and health services research especially among the underserved, disadvantaged and racial/ethnic minority populations. He has received intra- and extramural research funding as an independent investigator from the National Institute of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and other foundations. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals, as well as several abstracts and reports. In addition, Dr. Okunseri served as coeditor of a book, reviewer for more than two dozen medical and dental journals and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry and the JDR Clinical and Translational Research. He is also the Editor-in-chief of the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry Journal – an online open-access dental journal.
Dr. Okunseri is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Public Health Association, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. He serves on various state, national and international executive committees, and is the Past President of the Behavioral Epidemiologic and Health Services Research group of the International Association for Dental Research. He was one-time secretary/treasurer of the American Association for Public Health Dentistry. At the university level, Dr. Okunseri serves on several committees and is the Immediate past chair of the Marquette University’s Institutional Review Board and the university’s Committee on Research. In addition to his many responsibilities, Dr. Okunseri practices general dentistry at Marquette University School of Dentistry’s Faculty Practice.
Jocelyne S. Feine, DDS (Univ. Texas), MS (Univ. Texas), HDR (Université d’Auvergne), FITI (Senior Fellow in the International Team for Implantology), FCAHS (Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences) is Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry and Associate Member in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Canada. She is recipient of the 2016 ADA Norton Ross Award in Clinical Research, the 2005 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Prosthodontics and Implants and the 2013 IADR Service Award; she is also Editor-in-Chief of the JDR Clinical and Translational Research (JDR CTR) journal.
Professor Feine is a recognized world leader in the assessment of therapies for chronic orofacial conditions, particularly pain and tooth loss. Her national and international studies emphasize the quality of life and patient-based outcomes most relevant for therapeutic goals. A proponent of interdisciplinary research, Professor Feine works with expert teams of local and international collaborators in relevant fields. The manuscripts produced from these studies have been published in high quality, peer-reviewed international dental and medical journals. Professor Feine’s work has been presented to university and professional audiences worldwide.
Marita R. Inglehart, Dr. phil. habil., is an Inaugural University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, a Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine in the School of Dentistry, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She began to teach the behavioral science courses for dental, dental hygiene and graduate students at this dental school in 1990 and has enjoyed being at the school since then. Dr. Inglehart’s research focuses on two main areas. Her first focus is research related to dental education. This research explores the role of dental education in creating patient-centered and culturally sensitive future dentists and dental hygienists who appreciate the value of interprofessional education and care and embrace their civic responsibility as dental care providers. A second focus is concerned with the role of psychosocial determinants of health and health care and related patient-centered outcomes. Dr. Inglehart has served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Dental Education, the official journal of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) from 2010-2019. She chaired the Behavioral Science section of ADEA twice in the past and served as a consultant to ADEA on various occasions. She currently serves on the ADEA Collaborative on Dental Education Climate Assessment (ADEA CDECA), on the NIDCR – Secondary Data Analysis Review Panel, and is a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science (APS).
Practice Structure and Organization
Kathryn Atchison, DDS, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Community Dentistry in the UCLA School of Dentistry and in the Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She received her D.D.S. at Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1978 and her M.P.H. at Boston University School of Public Health in 1982. Dr. Atchison was selected among a nationwide competition to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Fellowship at UCLA (1984-86) and joined UCLA’s faculty in 1987. She was chosen by the MultiCampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology to participate in the Bureau of Health Professions Mid-Career Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Dentistry (1991). 2003 Dr. Atchison was a Department of Health and Human Services, Primary Health Care Policy Fellow.
Dr. Atchison has had substantial experience conducting and leading collaborative multidisciplinary research. She has published extensively on outcomes assessment and quality of care issues, such as perceptions of oral health and development and evaluation of psychosocial outcome measures, for which she developed the Geriatric/ General Oral Health Assessment Index. Dr. Atchison serves as UCLA’s Interim Vice Provost for Intellectual Property and Industry Relations. Her past administrative experience include over four years as Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Management for the School of Dentistry. Dr. Atchison chairs the fourth year dental course clinical Applications of Quality Assurance and teaches in the Research Ethics course for Health Policy and Management. Kathryn Atchison is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Community Dentistry in the UCLA School of Dentistry and in the Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She received her D.D.S. at Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1978 and her M.P.H. at Boston University School of Public Health in 1982. Dr. Atchison was selected among a nationwide competition to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Fellowship at UCLA (1984-86) and joined UCLA’s faculty in 1987. She was chosen by the MultiCampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology to participate in the Bureau of Health Professions Mid-Career Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Dentistry (1991). 2003 Dr. Atchison was a Department of Health and Human Services, Primary Health Care Policy Fellow.
Dr. Atchison has had substantial experience conducting and leading collaborative multidisciplinary research. She has published extensively on outcomes assessment and quality of care issues, such as perceptions of oral health and development and evaluation of psychosocial outcome measures, for which she developed the Geriatric/ General Oral Health Assessment Index. Dr. Atchison serves as UCLA’s Interim Vice Provost for Intellectual Property and Industry Relations. Her past administrative experience include over four years as Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Management for the School of Dentistry. Dr. Atchison chairs the fourth year dental course clinical Applications of Quality Assurance and teaches in the Research Ethics course for Health Policy and Management.
Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH, MSc is a Visiting Scholar at the NYU College of Dentistry and the Founding Director of the NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management. He served as President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) from 1997-2019 and is now President emeritus.
Dr. Valachovic is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and completed advanced education programs in pediatric dentistry and dental public health at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He received the MPH and MSc degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.
Prior to his tenure at ADEA, Dr. Valachovic’s experience focused on teaching, research, clinical practice, and administration. He was a fulltime Associate Professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and served there as Dean for Clinical Affairs, Dean for Government and Community Relations, and Director of Postdoctoral Education. He had previously been on the medical staffs of major teaching hospitals in Boston and Farmington CT. Dr. Valachovic was Chief of the Dental Service at the Harvard University Health Services.
Dr. Valachovic has received numerous awards, including the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the 2010 ADEA Distinguished Service Award, and the 2011 Soar High Leadership Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine. He was awarded the Doctor of Science degree (honoris causa) in 2012 by the University of Connecticut and elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Kansas City University and is the Public Member and Secretary/Treasurer of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
His funded research has been directed at clinical decision analysis and risk assessment. He is a principal author of more than 100 original manuscripts, book chapters and monographs. He has served on the boards of three foundations, an insurance company, and a national museum.
Jeffrey Fellows, PhD is a health economist with over 18 years of experience implementing and evaluating community- and clinical practice-based research. He is the director of the Western Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, a collaborative of over 7,500 U.S. dental practitioners, researchers, and stakeholder organizations, and currently leads two COVID-19-related studies focusing on SARS-CoV-2 risk mitigation at dental offices and acceptability and readiness to provide vaccines at dental offices. Jeff is also currently Associate Editor for the Workforce, Practice and Integration section of the upcoming Surgeon General’s report on Oral Health in America. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Utah in 1997.
Ron Inge, DDSis the chief dental officer, chief operating officer and vice president of professional services at Delta Dental of Missouri, which also does business in South Carolina as Delta Dental of South Carolina. He joined the organization in 2016. As chief dental officer and vice president of professional services, Dr. Inge is responsible for all aspects of the dental networks, serving as the primary liaison with dental professionals, as well as setting and implementing dental policy and procedures. He also coordinates consumer-focused oral health initiatives and assists in product development. As chief operating officer, he directs the organization’s operations, including the claims and customer service teams. The operations teams have continued to improve on their exceptional service levels under the guidance of Dr. Inge. Dr. Inge spent the first 15 years of his career in private dental practice. He has served in executive roles at Aetna, Delta Dental of Washington, Delta Dental of California, the American Dental Association, DentiCare of California and AVP Vision Plans. His experience also includes serving as chief dental officer for Western Dental Services, a large dental service organization, in Orange, California.
Dr. Inge was involved in the original concept and development of the Institute for Oral Health (IOH) in 2006, and served as the organization’s executive director for more than eight years. He served on the boards of the National Association of Dental Plans and the California Association of Dental Plans. Dr. Inge is also a member of The Santa Fe Group, which fosters policies and initiates actions to improve oral health, overall health and the well-being of the public. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in human biology from Stanford University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Scope of Practice and Interaction with Other Health Professions
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Online – Live webinar
This course is designed for dental professionals interested in possible future changes in dentistry.
Course: 9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific Time, each Saturday
$50/Dental Team Member – hygienist, dental assistant, office staff
$72/UW SOD Dental Alumni Member
* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
3 hours each day, 6 hours total
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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.
University of Washington designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits each day, 6 credits total.