This site was produced by the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA Bureau of Maternal and Child Health “Continuing Education and Development Grant” (#6T21MC00105-03; Project Period 6/1/02-5/30/05).

Project Director

Burton Edelstein DDS MPH
Professor and Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Dental and Oral Surgery
Professor, Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University in the City of New York

Dr. Edelstein’s personal introduction

  Dr . Edelstein's biosketch
Executive Producer
Frank Moretti
Maurice Matiz

Project Management
Mike Soupios

Creative Direction and Production
Mike Soupios

Video Production
Doug McAndrew
Michael DeLeon
Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery Project Staff
Burton Edelstein
Isabelle Chase
Justin Evanson

With assistance from:
Tanya Darlington
Beverly Cummings

We gratefully acknowledge the project assistance of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, CityMatCH, the Association of Teachers of Public Health, and the Association of Schools of Public Health.



Burton L. Edelstein DDS MPH, a board certified pediatric dentist, is Professor and Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. He is also Founding Director of the Children's Dental Health Project, a DC non-profit policy advisory organization that works to improve the oral health of vulnerable children. Burt practiced pediatric dentistry in Connecticut and taught at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for 21 years before committing to full time health policy practice. As a 1996-97 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, he was health aide to the US Senate Minority Leader during development of the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Edelstein was consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services on its oral health initiatives from 1998-2001, chaired the US Surgeon General's Workshop on Children and Oral Health, and authored the child section of the US Surgeon General's Report "Oral Health in America." He 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 with national awards by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, American Student Dental Association, American College of Dentists, American Dental Education Association, and Friends of NIDCR.




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