Denice Stewart, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., Named ADEA Chief Policy Officer

June 27, 2016

ADEA announced today that Denice Stewart, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., has been named ADEA Chief Policy Officer (CPO). Dr. Stewart comes to ADEA from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry, where she is a Professor of Community Dentistry and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. She received her DDS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, completed a General Practice Residency at Wilmington Medical Center (now Christiana Medical Center) in Delaware, and obtained a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Dr. Stewart brings significant experience in dental education and administration as well as policy development and business management. She has served as the clinical dean at OHSU for over 10 years, having had oversight of clinical operations, logistics, billing, quality improvement and informatics as well as policy and compliance.  

Dr. Stewart is a long-time member of ADEA who has held multiple positions within the volunteer leadership structure, including Chair of the ADEA Leadership Institute Alumni Association; Clinic Administration Section Chair and Councilor; Liaison for the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education; and ADEA Annual Session Program Committee Chair. Her breadth of experience and her commitment to ADEA and its members are widely known and appreciated. 

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Stewart practiced dentistry in both a private practice and a community health center. She also brings unique private sector experience in policy, quality improvement, fraud prevention and insurance standards and processes from her years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as the dental program administrator.

Dr. Stewart’s background in both academia and business makes her especially suited for the position of Chief Policy Officer at ADEA. She will serve as ADEA’s policy liaison to external organizations in dentistry, dental education, health professions education, and higher education. Dr. Stewart will also oversee the conduct of educational and health professions policy research and studies in areas relevant to the needs of allied, predoctoral, and postdoctoral dental education.

She will formally join ADEA in October 2016.