D2 Stavrev and ID3 Mathur Schweitzer Fellowship Recipients
D2 Todor Stavrev and ID3 Malay Mathur are this year's UCSF Dentistry recipients of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to Address Health Disparities, "to develop 'leaders in service': individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others" - according to the organization's website.
Mathur and Stavrev will develop and implement a prevention, education, and screening program for the oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and oral cancer in LGBT individuals, homeless and low-income, underserved youth. This includes health interventions such as fluoride application, xylitol gum, referral to a dental home, and motivational workshops for smoking cessation, drug and alcohol abuse. They also aim to focus on the access and barriers to healthcare among these populations.
"I am very happy to receive the Albert Schweitzer fellowship, as it will help me serve the underserved community. Our project deals with an important health issue, and I am so excited to start working on it with my partner, Todor" says, Mathur, whose enthusiasm is echoed by Stavrev: "I have always been passionate about public oral health and feel privileged to be one of the Albert Schweitzer fellows. I look forward to working with the underserved population in a community clinic setting over the course of the next year.”
Todor Stavrev (left) and Malay Mathur