Burton Edelstein DDS MPH, a Board Certified pediatric dentist, is Professor of Dental Medicine and Health Policy & Management at Columbia University and the Founding President of the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP), a nonpartisan pediatric oral health policy center in Washington DC. At Columbia University, he directs federally sponsored training programs in public health, mentors trainees, and conducts research that supports governmental policymaking on children’s oral health and advances caries prevention among young socially vulnerable children. Edelstein practiced pediatric dentistry in Connecticut and taught both pediatric and public health dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for 21 years before committing to full time health policy practice and research. After leaving practice to serve as a 1996-7 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the office of the US Senate Minority Leader, he worked for four years with the US Department of Health and Human Services on its oral health initiatives, 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. Edelstein serves as a Commissioner of the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) which advises Congress and federal agencies on Medicaid. He is the author of over 100 publications of various types on topics related to pediatric oral health, dental education, and health policy.
Edelstein BL, Samad F, Mullin L, Booth M. Oral health provisions in US Healthcare reform. J Am Dent Assoc 2010;141;1471-1479
Edelstein BL. Training New Dental Health Providers in the U.S J Pub Health Dent 2011;71:S3-S8.
Yoon RK, Smaldone AM, Edelstein BL. Early childhood caries screening tools: A comparison of four approaches. J Am Dent Assoc 2012;143(7).