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Dr. Burton L. Edelstein

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Founding Director

Local Address: Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Children's Dental Health Project
1020 19Th Street , NW , Suite 400 ,
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20036
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1997, the Children's Dental Health Project is a national non-profit organization with the vision of achieving equity in children's oral health. The...   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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"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.
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.
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.
Staff: Who We Are | Children's Dental Health Project, 17 Oct 2013 [cached]
Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH
Burton Edelstein DDS MPH, a Board Certified pediatric dentist, founded the Children's Dental Health Project in 1997 as the voice for children and their oral health whenever policymakers address issues of children' health and wellbeing. Edelstein has served children's interests as a clinician, teacher, researcher, analyst, advocate, and policy expert. He practiced pediatric dentistry in New London County, Connecticut, and taught at Harvard and UCONN for 21 years before committing to full-time health policy practice and research.
Edelstein has authored over 100 publications on topics related to pediatric oral health, dental education and health policy. He has consulted widely with professional associations, national organizations of policymakers, foundations, health and child advocates, State governments, and federal agencies. He serves as a Commissioner of the Congressional Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). He is a graduate of Harpur College, SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Boston Children's Hospital pediatric dentistry residency program. Edelstein is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. His work with CDHP and others has been recognized by professional and public health associations, student groups, universities, and others with the following awards: · Distinguished Service Award, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors · Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Public Health Dentistry · Pediatric Dentist of the Year, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry · Presidential Citation, American Dental Education Association · Outstanding Service Award, American College of Dentists · Public Advocacy Award, Friends of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research · Foundation of Excellence in Community Service Award, NY State Dental Association Foundation · Visionary Leadership Award, Medicaid-SCHIP Dental Association · Dental Visionary Award, American Student Dental Association · Cushing Award, Chicago Dental Society · Fones Memorial Medal, Connecticut State Dental Association · Clinical Research Award, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry · Distinguished Alumnus Award, Harvard School of Dental Medicine · Fogarty Memorial Lecturer, Baltimore College of Dentistry · Edward Zegarelli Teaching Award, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine · Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund Award
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
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