Richard K. Yoon

Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC)
PD, Advanced Specialty Education in Pediatric Dentistry

Richard K. Yoon, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (CUMC) and is currently serving as PD of Advanced Specialty Education in Pediatric Dentistry within the College of Dental Medicine. Graduate as well as a former postdoctoral resident fellow. In addition, completed two clinical traineeships: (1) Babies & Children's Hospital (Columbia Campus) Advanced Specialty Education Program, a teaching hospital for the Medical and Dental School and (2) Yale-New Haven Hospital (Residency) Advanced Education Program in conjunction with Yale School of Medicine.

[Administrative] Responsible for developing, administering, and promoting the academic program in Advanced Specialty Education in Pediatric Dentistry at Children's Hospital in conjunction with the College of Dental Medicine. In this position, he is involved with supporting postdoctoral resident fellows and faculty of the Program.

[Teaching] Focused on supporting graduate education through teaching sessions and by publishing cases, scientific studies, abstracts, and texts. His teaching and texts have two common goals: to nurture the postdoctoral students understanding and excitement about intellectual pursuits and to help students use what they have learned to ultimately improve the lives of their patients.

[Personal] Interested in understanding the factors that underlie and promote academic success in postdoctoral resident fellows and dental students. In this work, he is looking at ways to help students make the most of their clinical traineeship and dental school experience.

[Scholarly Activity] The underlying theme of his research is to improve clinical outcomes for Severe Early Childhood Caries by (1) trying to understand the biopsychosocial factors involved in the disease process and how these factors contribute to overall health and by (2) reducing oral mutans streptococci populations to non-pathogenic levels via conventional surgical and contemporary non-surgical means.

[Clinician-Teacher] Evidence-based care for treatment of Severe Early Childhood Caries utilizing an aggressive conventional approach under general anesthesia as well as a conservative non-surgical chemotherapeutic biobehavioral approach with health maintenance and continuous quality assurance and performance improvement.

Education/Training - Institution/ Location/ Degree: 
Children's Hospital (Columbia Campus), New York NY
Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven CT
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York NY
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications - Three selected citations: 

Yoon RK, Edelstein BL, Smaldone A. Early Childhood Caries Screening Tools: Comparison of Four Approaches J Am Dent Assoc 2012:143(7):756-63.

Yoon RK, Ohkawa S. General anesthetic management of a child patient with epidermolysis bullosa: a case report. Pediatr Dent 2012;34(3):251-253.

Yoon RK, Chussid S. Ocular complications following an inferior alveolar nerve block on a child patient: a case report. Pediatr Dent 2012:34(4):343-346.