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Stuart Gansky Announced as John C. Greene Endowed Chair of Primary Care Dentistry at PRDS

March 9, 2012

Stuart GanskyDean John D.B. Featherstone is very pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart A. Gansky, MS, DrPH as the next incumbent of the John C. Greene Endowed Chair in Primary Care Dentistry in the Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences (PRDS) at the UCSF School of Dentistry.  His appointment was approved by the Office of UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, and Dean Featherstone asks that the UCSF Dentistry Community join him and Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann in congratulating Dr. Gansky on the honor, and welcoming him to his new role.

Dr Gansky was unanimously endorsed by the selection committee for the endowed chair honoring Dean Emeritus John C. Greene, DMD, MPH, who was instrumental in initiating UCSF's Program in Oral Epidemiology, which recruited Dr. Gansky to UCSF in 1996.  Dean Greene was a Deputy Surgeon General of the US Public Health Service, and Chief Dental Officer of the US before joining UCSF as Dean of the School of Dentistry in 1981. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dental Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and has received honorary doctorates from three universities. He is a diplomate and past president of the American Board of Dental Public Health, and past president of both the American and International Associations of Dental Research (AADR/IADR).

Dr. Greene made many contributions to public health dentistry during his distinguished career, which included three decades in the Public Health Service. He has authored more than 100 publications and is known for his tireless efforts in reducing tobacco initiation and fostering tobacco cessation, most notably spit tobacco cessation among baseball athletes. He has been recognized with many honors including: the Distinguished Service Medal of the Public Health Service, the Award of Merit from the World Dental Foundation, and the Outstanding Professional Award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy, as well as election to the Institute of Medicine. In tribute to Dr. Greene as a beloved and dedicated teacher, mentor and Dean from 1981-1994, UCSF faculty, alumni and friends established the John C. Greene Endowed Chair in 1995 to provide support for teaching and research in primary care dentistry administered by the Departments of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Public Health and Hygiene, which were subsequently merged into the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences. The UCSF School of Dentistry student research organization, the John C. Greene Society, honors his leadership in developing the next cadre of dental researchers.

Dr. Gansky, a professor in the Division of Oral Epidemiology & Dental Public Health in the Department of PRDS, earned his Doctor of Public Health degree in biostatistics at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill before joining UCSF. He has focused his career on health promotion and primary disease prevention, authoring more than 90 publications. Professor Gansky formally teaches primary care dentistry to the pre-doctoral dental students in the course Scientific Methods and Critical Thinking 117, for which he is course director. Additionally, he has served as research mentor for many students and residents who have become faculty or practitioners in primary care dentistry. Dr. Gansky also mentors several faculty members who teach primary care dentistry here at UCSF.

A major component of his research activity and publications focuses on discovery directly relevant to issues of importance in primary care dentistry. Dr. Gansky is current Associate Director of the NIDCR-funded UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (known as CAN DO), Director of the Data Coordinating Center for CAN DO and similar disparity research centers at Boston University and University of Colorado Denver, and Assistant Director of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute's Mentor Development Program. The disparity centers are researching ways to achieve primary prevention of early childhood caries.

Those interested in contributing to the John C. Greene Endowed Chair in Primary Care Dentistry in honor of Dr. Greene are invited to contact Chris Ruetz, Senior Director of Development & Alumni Relations, at (415) 476-3645, or


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