Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee

The Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee includes the following people:

Donald_ChiDonald Chi is an Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington. He is board-certified in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He completed an AB degree in government (Cornell, 2000), a D.D.S. degree (Washington, 2006), residencies in pediatric dentistry and dental public health (Iowa, 2009), and a Ph.D. in health services research (Iowa, 2009).

Chi’s research focuses on understanding and addressing children’s oral health inequalities. He is the first dentist to be named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar, which funds his research on how neighborhoods influence teen dental outcomes. He was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry and is a Board Member of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and is Chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Scientific Affairs.

He received the 2016 Jerome Miller "For the Kids" Award from the AAPD, the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award from IADR, and was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year in 2018. He spent the 2016-2017 academic year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Chi teaches public health and devotes his extramural clinical practice to treating children in Alaska Native communities.

JLeeDr. Jessica Lee is the Demeritt Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of North Carolina. She is also a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Lee received her MPH and DDS degrees from Columbia University and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was also a NIDCR National Research Service Award recipient. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and an active member of the medical staff at UNC Hospitals and practices in the Dental Faculty Practice in the School of Dentistry.

She has authored over a 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice and research. Her primary research interests are in infant oral health, access to dental care for young children, health literacy and health disparities. Dr Lee is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the 2008 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Jerome Miller "For the Kids" Award. In 2010, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers from President Barack Obama. In 2011, Dr. Lee was named the ‘Pediatric Dentist of the Year" by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Randall K. Lout is in private practice in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona.  He attended dental school at the University of Oklahoma.  Following dental school, he completed his pediatric dental residency and Master of Science degree at the University of Minnesota.  As part of his residency, his hospital training was at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following his training, he was awarded the Graduate Student Research Award by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  Prior to private practice, he held the position of assistant professor, University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  In addition to the Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee, he also serves on the AAPD Council on Clinical Affairs. Locally, he is on the advisory council of the Medical Services Project, an organization sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics which works with school nurses in facilitating healthcare for children and adolescents whose families do not have access to dental or medical services.  He has participated on several committees of the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. 

AnuTateMugDr. Anupama Rao Tate, D.M.D., M.P.H. is an associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National Medical Center. She serves as the director of Advocacy and Research. She also is co-director of the District of Columbia Pediatric Oral Health Coalition. She currently serves as Parliamentarian for the Board of Directors to the AAPD. She currently chairs the Grant Sub-Committee of the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation of the AAPD. She also chairs the Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee and the Consumer Review Committee of the AAPD. She is the Public Policy Advocate for District of Columbia for the AAPD as well. She chairs the Qualifying Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a member of the Section on Oral Health to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She received her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s National Medical Center. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and an active member of the medical staff at Children’s National. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice, research and holds grants in community advocacy.

Twright_Pic2Dr. J. Timothy Wright, completed his D.D.S. degree from West Virginia University and then pursued his pediatric dentistry residency and a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in Caries Research at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and currently serves as chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and is the James Bawden Distinguished Professor.

Wright has received numerous awards and honors including an American Dental Association Teacher Training Fellowship, the William J Gies Award from the Journal of Dental Research, and was a Robert Gorlin Visiting Professor. His research is directed at advancing our understanding of mineralized tissues and developmental defects of teeth and bone through his characterization and study of human hereditary conditions. He has had research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations for his genetics studies since 1987 and has published over 170 scientific manuscripts, chapters and books. Wright has served as chair for the American Dental Association’s and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Council on Scientific Affairs. He has served on several ADA committees providing systematic reviews on fluorides and non-fluoride caries therapeutics. Wright has an active private practice.

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