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