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Dr. Burton L. Edelstein

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Chair , Population Oral Health

Columbia University
64 Morningside Dr.
New York , New York 10027
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1922, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MPH
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry
  • Harpur College
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • DDS
    Columbia University
  • MPH Burton Edelstein DDS MPH
  • Burton DDS MPH
  • Burton DDS
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Leadership: Board of Directors | Children's Dental Health Project, 31 Oct 2013 [cached]
Burton L. Edelstein, DDS MPH Professor of Dentistry and Health Policy & Management Columbia University
Institute for Oral Health | Dental care conferences, oral health whitepapers, oral health care policy, 24 Sept 2014 [cached]
Dr. Burton Edelstein
Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH Professor of Dentistry and Health Policy & Management, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery
Dr. Edelstein is Founding Director of Children's Dental Health Project, a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy organization committed to improving children's oral health and dental care.
Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 16 Feb 2015 [cached]
Don't miss the guest editorial by Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH, of the Children's Dental Health Project, on how dental hygienists can support oral health care for all children, or Frieda Atherton Pickett's review of the American Dental Association's new recommendations about patient selection in dental radiography.
The Einstein Series: A Conversation With Burton L. Edelstein, DDS, MPH | Children's Dental Health Project, 1 April 2011 [cached]
INSIDE DENTISTRY (ID): Dr. Edelstein, your contributions are extensive, but none as large as the Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP), which you founded in 1997. What led you to develop that public policy group?
BURTON L. EDELSTEIN (BE): During my 15-month fellowship as a health Legislative Aide to the US Senate Minority Leader, I gained a hands-on perspective of how Congress and federal agencies do their work.
Burton L. Edelstein, DDS, MPH, is a Professor of Dentistry in the College of Dental Medicine and Health Policy & Management in the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. A board-certified pediatric dentist, he is Chairman of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the dental school. Dr. Edelstein is also the president of the Children's Dental Health Project, a DC-based policy organization that promotes federal and state legislation and programs to improve children's oral health. After 22 years of private practice, his career switched to health policy as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the US Senate. From 1998 to 2001, he worked 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 on Oral Health in America. Dr. Edelstein currently serves as the designated dental expert on the Congressional Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which advises Congress on public insurance policy.
"In the early days of medicine, ..., 25 Sept 2014 [cached]
"In the early days of medicine, surgery and medicine were two distinctly different professions," says Burton Edelstein, a professor of dental medicine and health policy at Columbia University and founder of the Children's Dental Health Project. "This is before anaesthesia, so surgery was rough. It was not regarded as sophisticated."
For years, Edelstein says, dental students had trouble gaining admission to medical schools, so the first college specifically for dentistry was founded-in Maryland, no less-in 1840.
This minimization of dentistry persisted when Congress was crafting the public health insurance programs in the 1960s. During the original 1965 formulation of Medicaid, the dental market wasn't very robust and policymakers didn't value it as highly as other forms of medical care, Edelstein says.
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