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David Dean, DDS, MSD

David Dean

Director, Oral Medicine Service, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Clinical Associate Professor, Oral Medicine
Attending, Oral Medicine Service, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Attending, Oral Medicine Clinical Services, University of Washington

OMCS (Clinic): 206-685-2937
OMS at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: 206-606-1333

Box 356370


Dr. David Dean is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and the Director of the Oral Medicine service at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. 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 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and the University of Washington.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral Medicine, a fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, a fellow in the American College of Dentists, and a Seattle Met “Top Dentist” in the field of Oral Medicine. Academic honors include the Bruce R. Rothwell distinguished teaching award (UWSOD’s highest teaching honor), the UWSOD Dental Alumni Faculty award, and participation in SCCA Medical Leadership Development’s High Potentials program. Scholarship activity includes an NIDCR funded R01 assessing the oral impacts of chronic Graft-versus-Host disease and participation in expert panels through the American Society of Transplant & Cellular Therapy (ASTCT), and the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), and the 7th World Workshop of Oral Medicine. He served as graduate program director in the Oral Medicine MSD program from 2016-2022 and 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 currently directs the Blood, Autoimmunity, and Neoplasia course 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 and currently serves the chair of the scientific sessions committee 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