and: Professor at CUMC of Dentistry (in Community Health), School of Dental and Oral Surgery (home dept.)
Dr. Burton L. Edelstein is a board-certified pediatric dentist and professor of dentistry and public health at Columbia University, where he is Chairman of the Section on Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Dental Medicine. His is founding director of the Children's Dental Health Project, a DC-based organization that promotes federal and state policies and programs to improve children's oral health equity. At CDHP, he is Director of the National Oral Health Policy Center supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Dr. Edelstein practiced pediatric dentistry in Connecticut and taught at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for 21 years before committing to a full-time health policy position. With primary responsibilities for SCHIP, he served as a 1996-7 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. He worked with the US Department of Health and Human Services on its oral health initiatives from 1998 to 2001, chaired the US Surgeon General's Workshop on Children and Oral Health, and authored the child section of the US Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America.
Dr. Edelstein is a graduate of Harpur College, SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Boston Children's Hospital pediatric dentistry residency program. His work has been recognized by awards from a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the American College of Dentists.
Founding Director, Children's Dental Health Project of Washington, DC
Director, National MCHB Oral Health Policy Center at CDHP, 2008-
Health Policy Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 1996-1997
Chair, U.S. Surgeon General's Workshop on Children and Oral Health, 2000
Dental Consultant, U.S. Department of Healtn and Human Services, 1997-2001
Honors and Awards:
American College of Dentists Distinguished Service Award, 2003
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors' Service Award, 1999
Harvard School of Dental Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2001
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric Dentist of the Year Award, 1998
Chicago Dental Society Cushing Award for Raising Public Awareness, 2005
Selected New York City Activities:
Community Based Dental Partnership Program
This HIV/AIDS dental program is a federally-sponsored cooperative project between Columbia University and the Harlem United AIDS Center. It provides dental resident training and direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS who have complex social and medical comorbidities.
Leadership Training in Pediatric Dentistry
This federally sponsored (Maternal and Child Health Bureau) health professional training program, expands upon the New York Presbyterian Hospital's training of pediatric dentists by coordinating services through Head Start Centers and by stimulating community engagement by trainees.
Selected Global Activities:
Global Childrens Dental Health Taskforce
Founded in 2006, this international program seeks to reduce the incidence of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) through application of recognized preventive and disease management approaches. The ultimate goal is eradication of ECC.
Edelstein BL, Vargas C, Candelaria C, Vemuri M. Experience and Public Policy Implications of Children Presenting with Dental Emergencies to US Pediatric Dental Training Programs. Pediatr Dent 28 431-437 2007