Columbia Visiting Professorship Program

Contemporary Issues in Dentistry

Visiting Professors and Student Scholars

Panelists at the 2019 Visiting Professor Program Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Dentistry with Dr. Hod Lipson, Columbia Engineering, and John Morton, Align Technology.

2021 Visiting Professor Program: Current and Future Directions in Oral Diseases Prevention and Control

Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH

Dental Epidemiologist and Director, Dental Public Health & Informatics Fellowship Program, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Saturday, March 6, 2021

11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Complimentary program in live webinar format. 5 CE credits awarded.

This program is presented in partnership with the Association of Dental Alumni, and with support from Dr. Ralph Kaslick '59, Perio '62. 

Program Schedule

11:30-11:45 a.m. Introductions

Dr. James B. Fine, Dean Christian Stohler, and Dr. Ralph S. Kaslick '59, Perio '62, Chairman

11:45-12:45 p.m. Visiting Professor Lecture

Dr. Bruce Dye

Visiting the Space Where Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Interact with the Epidemiology of Caries, Periodontitis, and Oropharyngeal Cancer

This presentation is an overview of health promotion and disease prevention concepts, how these activities benefit individuals and populations, and why is it important to understand the difference between risk factors, risk indicators, and socio-determinants of health for preventive interventions to work. This presentation will also briefly cover key elements of the epidemiology of the 3 main noncommunicable oral diseases: dental caries, periodontitis, and oropharyngeal cancer.

12:45-1:15 p.m. Student Scholar Presentation

Jamie Larmie, DDS '22

Fluoridation of Water: Has Dentistry Plateaued?

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Odinez-Bortfield, Instructor in Dental Medicine (at CUMC), Division of Operative Dentistry

1:15-1:45 p.m. Student Scholar Presentation

Teresa Yang, DMD, Perio '21

Paradigm Shifts in Periodontal Disease Management from the Public Health Perspective: Chasing More “Palatable” Choices in a World of Limited Access

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Wang '14, Perio '17, Instructor in Dental Medicine, Division of Periodontics

1:45-2:00 p.m. Break

2:00-2:30 p.m. Student Scholar Presentation

Parker Green, DDS '22

Human Papillomavirus and Oropharyngeal Carcinoma: Current and Emerging Trends in Diagnosis, Management and Prevention

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Scott Peters '15, OMFP '18, Assistant Professor, Oral Pathology (at CUMC), Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

2:30-3:30 p.m. Visiting Professor Lecture

Dr. Bruce Dye

Why a Changing Country Requires a Change in the Current Practice of Prevention to Achieve Better Oral Health Outcomes 

This presentation reviews current approaches to the prevention and control of the 3 main noncommunicable oral diseases and how changing demographics, preferences, and concerns can potentially impact current preventive approaches. From there, this presentation will identify several preventive interventions that could benefit from a review and shift in focus for a more effective effort at improving health outcomes for individuals and populations in our rapidly changing country.

3:30-4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion

Meet the Visiting Professor

  • Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH

    • Dental Epidemiologist and Director, Dental Public Health & Informatics Fellowship Program, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

    Dr. Bruce A. Dye is a Dental Epidemiologist and Director of the Health Informatics and Dental Public Health Fellowship at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM). His work has focused on the epidemiology of dental diseases and related conditions, research methodology, and public health informatics. He has collaborated on several studies and survey operations both nationally and internationally.

    Dr. Dye graduated from the Ohio State University with a DDS degree, earned a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan, completed epidemiology training at Johns Hopkins University, and a Dental Public Health residency at NIDCR. He began his career in the US Public Health Service working in Indian Health Service clinics and hospitals in South Dakota and Michigan as a clinical dentist and program director. Later, he worked at the National Center for Health Statistics (a Center within the CDC) as the dental epidemiology officer for the National Health and Nutrition and Examination Survey (NHANES). He has served on several inter-agency workgroups, national committees, and editorial Boards. He is an active diplomate on the American Board of Dental Public Health.

    He has published more than 90 scientific articles, editorials, and book chapters including co-editing the text book: Dentistry, Dental Practice and the Community (7thed.). Dr. Dye has received awards for achievement and scientific excellence, including those from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the American Academy of Periodontology.

    Currently, he is co-leading with Dr. Judith Albino the development of the next Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.

Visiting Professor Program Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Ralph S. Kaslick '59, Perio '62

    • Chairman, Columbia Visiting Professor Program, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Dr. Christian S. Stohler

    • Professor and Dean, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC)
  • Dr. James B. Fine

    • Senior Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Chief Practice Director, Faculty Practices, Professor of Dental Medicine (Periodontics) at CUMC
  • Dr. John Grbic

    • Director, Division of Foundational Sciences, Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC
  • Dr. Joseph M. McManus

    • Senior Associate Dean of Admissions, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC

About the Visiting Professor Program

To remain a leader in dental medicine, each individual must carefully examine current and future issues-- often controversial-- in our rapidly evolving field.

Since 1980, the Columbia Visiting Professor Program at CDM has invited those at the forefront of dental medicine to discuss the evolving field and the professional challenges our students, alumni, and faculty will face. This program is presented in partnership with the Association of Dental Alumni, and with support from Dr. Ralph Kaslick '59, Perio '62. Further information can be found at the Visiting Professor Overview.

Past Lecturers

2019: Hod Lipson, PhD and John Morton

2018: Dr. Ronald L. Ettinger

2017:  Douglas E. Peterson, DMD, PhD, FDS RCSEd

2016:  Donald B. Giddon, DMD, PhD

2015: Marko Vujicic, PhD

2014: Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD

2013: Amit Acharya, BDS, MS, PhD

2012: Joseph M. McManus, DMD, MS, MHA, MS

2011: Elizabeth A. Mertz, PhD

2010: Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH

2009: Teresa A. Dolan, DDS, MPH

2008: Michael Glick, DMD

2007: Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH

2006: Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH

2005: Allan J. Formicola, DDS

2004: Chester W. Douglass, DMD, PhD

2003: Diarmuid B. Shanley, BDS, MA, MSD, DOdont(hon)

2001: Charles Bertalomi, DDS, DMSc

2000: Marjorie K. Jeffcoat, DMD

1999: Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD

1998: Brian A. Burt, BDS, MPH, PhD

1997: Harold C. Slavkin, DDS

1996: David E. Barmes, DDSc, MPH

1995: Robert P. Langlais, DDS, MS

1994: Dominick P. DePaola, DDS, PhD

1993: Ben D. Barker, DDS, MEd

1992: David A. Nash, DMD, EdD

1991: Linda C. Niessen, DMD, MPH

1990: Myron Allukian, Jr., DDS, MPH

1989: Irwin D. Mandel, DDS, DSc(Hon) DOdon(Hon)

1988: Thomas J. Ginley, MS, PhD

1987: Lois K.Cohen, PhD

1986: Raymond P. White, Jr., DDS, PhD

1985: Lawrence H. Meskin, DDS, MPH

1984: Seymour I. Nash, DDS

1983: Alvin L. Morris, DDS, PhD

1982: D. Walter Cohen, DDS

1981: Charles A. McCallum, DMD, MD

1980:  I. Lawrence Kerr, DDS