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Dr. Burton L. Edelstein

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Chair , Population Oral Health

Phone: (212) ***-****  
Email: b***@***.edu
Local Address:  New York , New York , United States
Columbia University
435 W 119
Apt. 9M 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

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  • 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, 20 July 2015 [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.
National Health Policy Forum | Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH, 15 May 2015 [cached]
Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH National Health Policy Forum | Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH
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Professor of Dentistry and Health Policy & Management Columbia University
Burton Edelstein DDS, MPH, is president of the Children's Dental Health Project, a DC-based nonprofit policy agency committed to improving children's oral health and dental care. He is a professor of dentistry and of health policy and management at Columbia University and currently serves as a MACPAC (Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission) commissioner. After 20 years of clinical pediatric dental practice, Dr. Edelstein's career shifted to health policy when he was a 1996-1997 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the Office of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, where he worked primarily on health coverage legislation. He has served the Department of Health and Human Services as an oral health consultant, chaired the U.S. Surgeon General's Workshop on Children and Oral Health, and authored the child section of the Surgeon General's Report. His research focuses on Medicaid/CHIP and on childhood oral health promotion. Dr. Edelstein is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Boston Children's Hospital pediatric dentistry residency program. His work has been nationally recognized by a variety of associations including those representing dental educators, students, researchers, public health practitioners, and clinicians.
Improving Children’s Oral Health by Crossing the Medical-Dental Divide | Connecticut Health Foundation, 30 Jan 2015 [cached]
Burton L. Edelstein, DDS, MPH (author), is professor of dental medicine and health policy & management at Columbia University Medical Center, and a senior fellow in public policy at the Children's Dental Health Project.
"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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