Columbia University Visiting Professor Program: Contemporary Issues in Dentistry


  Current and Future Directions in Oral Diseases Prevention and Control

 Presented by

Bruce A. Dye, DDS, MPH

Dental Epidemiologist and Director, Dental Public Health & Informatics Fellowship Program,

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research


Student Scholars Parker Green '22, Jamie Larmie '22, and Teresa Yang, DMD, Perio '21


  Saturday, March 6, 2021

11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(NYC / Eastern Standard Time)


This course is free of charge.


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


Lectures - Virtual, via Zoom webinar with live Q&A opportunity.

Continuing Education

Columbia University CDM designates this course as Continuing Dental Education: Credits - 5


ADA CERP Logo Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider 11/1/17 through 6/30/22. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.


Participants: Continuing Education credits awarded for participation in the CE activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her licensing board(s) and to report credits to the appropriate authority.


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

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

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

Dr. Bruce A. 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.

12:45-2:30 p.m. - Student Scholar Presentations

12:45 p.m. - Fluoridation of Water: Has Dentistry Plateaued? - Jamie Larmie, DDS '22; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Odinez-Bortfeld

1:15 p.m. - Paradigm Shifts in Periodontal Disease Management from the Public Health Perspective: Chasing More 'Palatable' Choices in a World of Limited Access - Teresa Yang, DMD, Perio '22; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Wang '14, Perio '17

1:45 p.m. - BREAK

2:00 p.m. - Human Papillomavirus and Oropharyngeal Carcinoma Current and Emerging Trends in Diagnosis, Management and Prevention - Parker Green, DDS '22; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Scott Peters '15, OMP '18

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

Dr. Bruce A. 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

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 Irving 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 CUIMC


Dr. Joseph M. McManus - Senior Associate Dean of Admissions; Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC

History of the Visiting Professor Program

Formerly called The Percy T. Phillips Visiting Professorship, the program was launched during the fall of 1980 and has featured a veritable Who's Who of leaders in dentistry. The program is a leadership development project intended to raise institutional awareness of contemporary issues in dentistry. It is important that students, faculty and alumni learn to manage the professional challenges they will encounter in both the near and distant future.

The Visiting Professor and topic are chosen each year based on nominations solicited by an Advisory Committee, which consists of alumni and faculty representatives and corporate partners. The Professor serves as a guide to the dental students and residents who have been selected as the Student Scholars, and to the faculty members chosen as mentors to these students.

The event includes a keynote presentation by the Visiting Professor as well as interactive seminars based on the program topic, and are presented by dental students and residents who have been selected as the Student Scholars.

About Us

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