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Benjamin Chaffee Named UCSF Dentistry's Director of Global Oral Health

August 14, 2014

Ben ChaffeeBenjamin Chaffee (D'08), DDS, MPH, PhD, has been named UCSF Dentistry's Director of Global Oral Health, taking the helm from founding director and former Associate Dean for Global Oral Health John S. Greenspan, BSC, BDS, PhD, FRCPath, ScD [hc], FDSRCS [Eng], who retired in June 2014.

In his role as director, Dr. Chaffee will oversee a variety of global oral health research and educational programs at the UCSF School of Dentistry.

Along with Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs Dorothy Perry, PhD, and the Global Oral Health Steering Committee, Dr. Chaffee will serve to advance the school’s programming in global health science, scholarship and community partnerships.

This includes administering the Global Oral Health Student Research Travel Awards, which allow students to develop and conduct faculty-mentored research projects in public health, epidemiology or basic sciences relevant to global oral health.

Past and current student fellows have carried out projects both locally and in nine countries internationally.

Dr. Chaffee is the course director for two elective offerings: the Global Oral Health Seminar, offered Winter Quarter, and the Global Oral Health Journal Club, offered Spring Quarter.

Dr. Chaffee will also play an active role in organizing the UCSF School of Dentistry’s annual Global Oral Health Symposium, which attracts world-renowned speakers and will be offered for the fifth time in May 2015.

Dr. Chaffee is a graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry and completed a master’s degree in public health and a PhD in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include the contributions of early-life behavioral and familial factors in the development of early childhood caries, as well as influences of tobacco-related decision-making among adolescents. He is an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health.

Please join Dean Featherstone in wishing Dr. Chaffee great success in his new role.


Dr. Benjamin Chaffee


UCSF Dentistry | Global Oral Health