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Elsbeth Kalenderian Named PRDS Chair

February 17, 2016

Elsbeth Kalenderian

Elsbeth Kalenderian

Dr. John Featherstone, dean of the UCSF School of Dentistry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD, of Harvard University, as the new chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the UCSF School of Dentistry. Dr. Kalenderian will assume her new role on June 27. 

A debt of gratitude is owed to Dr. Fritz Finzen for serving as interim chair of PRDS for the past year.  He will continue in this capacity until Dr. Kalenderian assumes her position.

Elisabeth (Elsbeth) Kalenderian was born in the Netherlands. She received her DDS degree in 1983 from Rijks Universiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. She moved to Boston as a Fulbright Scholar, completing an internship and residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery from Boston University in 1986. In 1989, she received a master’s in public health from Harvard School of Public Health.

In 2007, Dr. Kalenderian made the transition to an academic career at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, starting as assistant dean for clinical affairs and rising to associate professor and chair of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. She also is the chief of quality for the Harvard Dental Clinic. In 2013 she obtained a PhD defending her thesis, “EZCodes: a diagnostic terminology as the foundational step of quality for the dental profession.”

Dr. Kalenderian has published more than 40 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and is frequently asked to be a speaker at conferences for quality improvement, dental diagnostic terminologies, meaningful use, leadership and patient safety. She currently is principle investigator on four NIH-funded R01 grants, including two projects focusing on the development and implementation of the DDS, a novel dental diagnostic interface terminology (previously called the EZCodes) as well as projects focused on patient safety and quality metrics.

Dr. Kalenderian's administrative career incudes leadership positions as administrator at Children’s Medical Center, Boston (1990-95); director of strategic planning and provider relations, and vice president, medical management and patient care services at North Shore Medical Center, Salem, Mass. (1995-2001); executive director of Transition House, Cambridge, Mass. (2001-04); and vice president for quality improvement initiatives and senior vice president for health strategies at the American Heart Association (2004-07).