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David Dean, DDS, MSD

Director, Oral Medicine Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Graduate Program Director, Oral Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral Medicine
Attending, Oral Medicine Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Attending, Oral Medicine Clinical Services, University of Washington

OMCS (Clinic): 206-685-2937
SCCA (Clinic): 206-606-1333

Box 356370


Dr. David Dean is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry where he also serves the Graduate Program director in the Oral Medicine MSD program. A lifelong Husky, he completed his BS, DDS, and MSD in Oral Medicine at UW. His current clinical practice is split between the oral medicine services at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (where he serves as the clinic’s Medical Director) and the University of Washington.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, a Fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and a Seattle Met “Top Dentist” in the field of Oral Medicine.

Honors include the Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award (UWSOD’s highest teaching honor) and selection to the 7th World Workshop of Oral Medicine in Göthenburg, Sweden in 2018. He was honored to be chosen as the Commencement Speaker and Guest of Honor for the UWSOD class of 2016.

In his time at UW, Dr. Dean has served as a Foundations Pioneer, helping to create the UWSOD’s award-winning scientific curriculum. He continues as the director of the Blood & Cancer Biomedical Foundations block while teaching regularly at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. Outside of UW he is active in local and national continuing dental and medical education. He is an ad hoc reviewer for Oral Diseases and the European Journal of Haematology and serves on several committees for the American Academy of Oral Medicine.

Oral complications of cancer, cancer therapy, and hematopoietic cell transplantation; Oral mucosal disorders including Graft-versus-Host-Disease; Temporomandibular disorders; Burning mouth syndrome; Neuropathic orofacial pain.

  • BS: University of Washington (Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Biology), 2006
  • DDS: University of Washington, 2010
  • MSD (Oral Medicine): University of Washington, 2014
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh