Richard K. Yoon, DDS

Board Certifications: 
Pediatric Dentistry
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Overview

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Program Director

Dr. Richard Yoon is Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He serves as Program Director of Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry in conjunction with Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital / Columbia University, is Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and facilitates a topical seminar series to postdoctoral resident fellows in systematically learning concepts within the Specialty. He maintains a hospital-based academic practice focused on very young children with pediatric caries and special patient care at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City. Graduate of Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine, a former postdoctoral student, and a resident with distinction in two clinical traineeships: (1) Yale-New Haven Hospital, Advanced Education Program / Yale School of Medicine and (2) Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital / Columbia, Advanced Education Program.

Administrative: Responsible for developing, administering, and promoting the academic advanced education program in Pediatric Dentistry at the College of Dental Medicine in conjunction with Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital / Columbia. In this position, he is involved with supporting postdoctoral resident fellows and Faculty of the Program.

Teaching: Focused on supporting graduate education through teaching sessions and by publishing cases, scientific studies, abstracts, and texts. His teaching and texts have two common goals: to nurture the students' understanding and excitement about intellectual pursuits and to help students use what they have learned to improve the lives of their patients.

Personal: Interested in understanding the factors that underlie and promote academic success in postdoctoral resident fellows. In this work, he is looking at ways to help students make the most of their clinical residency training experience.

Clinical & Scholarly Activity: Underlying theme of his research is to improve clinical outcomes for severe early childhood caries by (1) trying to understand the biopsychosocial factors involved in the disease process and how these factors contribute to overall health and by (2) reducing S. mutans populations to non-pathogenic levels via surgical and non-surgical means.

Pediatric Care: Personalized evidence-based care for treatment of severe early childhood caries utilizing a standardized approach under general anesthesia as well as a conservative non-surgical chemotherapeutic biobehavioral approach with oral health maintenance and continuous quality assurance performance improvement.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Gender

  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Columbia University School of Dental & Oral Surgery
  • Residency: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Dentistry

Honors & Awards

  • Samuel Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health, American Dental Association Foundation
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • Biotene Award for Excellence in Hospital Dentistry, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  • Behavioral Science Departmental Award, Columbia University
  • Alumni Merit Scholar, Columbia University

Research

Grants

POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING IN GENERAL, PEDIATRICS AND PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY AND DENTAL HYGIENE (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2010 - Jun 30 2020

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT IN GENERAL, PEDIATRIC & PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY & DENTAL HYGIENE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2012 - Jun 30 2017

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT IN GENERAL, PEDIATRIC & PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY & DENTAL HYGIENE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2012 - Jun 30 2017

LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2005 - Jun 30 2013

LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2005 - Jun 30 2013

Selected Publications

Van Eyndhoven L, Chussid S, Yoon RK. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Pediatric Dentists Regarding Speech Evaluation of Patients: Implications for Dental Education. J Dent Ed 2015;79(11):1279-1285.

Kolstad C, Zavras A, Yoon RK. Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Age One Dental Visit for the Privately Insured. Pediatr Dent 2015;37(4):376-380.

Yoon RK, Edelstein BL, Smaldone A. Early Childhood Caries Screening Tools: Comparison of Four Approaches. J Am Dent Assoc 2012:143(7):756-63.