Burton L. Edelstein

Professor of Clinical Dental Medicine
Professor of Clinical Health Policy & Management
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
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  • Social & Behavioral Science

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.

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
HRSA Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training in Primary Care Dentistry
HRSA Leadership Training in Pediatric Dentistry and HRSA Community Based Dental Partnership Program
NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health disparities
Mentoring - Completed Student Projects: 
DDS-MPH Candidate Tener Huang: Governmental Accountability Office Reports on Children’s Oral Health, 1990-2011
DDS Candidate Inna Sydorak: Social Determinants of Children’s Oral Health
MS Human Nutrition Candidate: Predictors of Early Childhood Caries
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).