Burton L. Edelstein

Professor of Dental Medicine and Health Policy & Management at Columbia University Medical Center
Chair, Section of Population Oral Health
Director, Division of Behavioral Sciences at the College of Dental Medicine
Chair, Section of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Division of Behavioral Sciences
622 West 168th Street, PH17-306Q, Box 20, New York NY 10032,United States
+1 212 342 3505
  • Social & Behavioral Science
Key word or phrase descriptors for area of expertise: 
• Pediatric Oral Health Governmental Policy; Early childhood caries management; Medicaid; Alternative dental financing and delivery.

Burton Edelstein DDS MPHis Professor of Dentistry and Health Policy at Columbia University where he chairs the Section of Population Oral Health at the College of Dental Medicine. He is also Senior Fellow in Public Policy and President Emeritus of the DC-based Children’s Dental Health Project (www.cdhp.org), a nonprofit policy organization that advances the oral health interests of children and their families. A Board Certified pediatric dentist, Edelstein practiced pediatric dentistry in Connecticut and taught at Harvard before relocating to Washington DC to serve as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and Health Legislative Aide to the U.S. Senate Minority Leader. He contributed to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Oral Health in America report, led the Surgeon General’s Workshop on Children and Oral Health, and managed a federal interagency Oral Health Initiative. He has participated in four Institute of Medicine projects, testified before Congress multiple times on dental care for children, and provided support to Government Accountability Office’s dental studies. From 2009 to 2014 he served on the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) that advises Congress, Agencies, and States on Medicaid and CHIP policy.  At Columbia, Burt leads an interdisciplinary Early Childhood Caries prevention and innovation study and directs four federal training grants: one for pre-doctoral students that includes the DDS-MPH Scholars Program; one for post-doctoral pediatric dentistry fellows, one for faculty development, and one for AEGD Fellows in the care of people living with HIV/AIDS. His academic and consulting contributions focus on public policies that affect children’s oral health and their access to care. Through CDHP, he has helped secure legislation and regulation for dental coverage in CHIP and Health Reform (ACA) while protecting the dental benefit in Medicaid. His more than 100 publications include contributions to the peer-reviewed dental literature, book chapters, commissioned papers, and policy documents. Edelstein’s work has been recognized by associations of pediatric (AAPD) and public health dentistry (ASTDD, AAPHD, MSDA), dental students (ASDA), dental societies (ACD, CDS, CSDA, ICD); the dental research community (FNIDCR), foundations (Shils, NYSDAF) and educational groups (Maryland, Harvard, Columbia, ADEA).

Education/Training - Institution/ Location/ Degree: 
Harpur College (Binghamton University), Binghamton NY, BA (Biology)
State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dentistry, Buffalo NY, DDS
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA, MPH (Maternal and Child Health and Health Services Administration)
Children's Hospital, Boston MA, Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry
Health Resources and Services Administration: • Predoctoral, Postdoctoral (pediatric dentistry), and Faculty Development Training Grants in Primary Care Dentistry; • Community Based Dental Partnership Program Grant for training and care of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: "MySmileBuddy": Demonstrating the Value of Technology-assisted Non-surgical Care Management in Young Children with Early Childhood Tooth Decay"
Mentoring - Completed Student Projects: 
DDS-MPH Candidates • Tener Huang: Governmental Accountability Office Reports on Children’s Oral Health, 1990-2014 • Tener Huang: Analysis the Federal “State Oral Health Workforce Grants” Program • Elana Kleiner Lowell: International comparisons of origins of oral health care systems • Annia Le Goff: Public health activities of dual-trained orthodontists • Amanda Dewundara: Analysis of state dental practice acts allowances for care of underserved populations.
Dental Public Health Fellows • Hosam Alrqiq: Dental quality measures in use by US dental delivery systems • Jaffer Shariff: Validating the impact of dental Medicaid coverage on children’s oral health status
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications - Three selected citations: 

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).