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Advisory Committee on Minority Health - Committee Members

Raul I. Garcia, D.M.D., M.Med.Sc.

Professor and Chair
Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Member, Advisory Committee on Minority Health

Dr. Raul I. Garcia is Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research, Boston University (BU) Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, where he also leads The Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities, established at BU in 2001 and supported by the National Institutes of Health. The Center’s aims are to identify the determinants of oral health disparities and to design and implement community-based interventions to eliminate oral health disparities, with a current focus on children and their caregivers. In addition, he is the director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dental Longitudinal Study (DLS), a decades-long investigation on aging and oral health. The VA-DLS has also examined the role that oral conditions may play as risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other systemic health outcomes, and how oral conditions may affect health-related quality of life.

Dr. Garcia’s major research interests are oral epidemiology and health services research. In the area of health policy, his department at BU has implemented new programs to enhance access to oral health care by underserved populations and to recruit students from underrepresented groups to enter the oral health professions. At the national level, he has served as president (1998–1999) of the Hispanic Dental Association, the national organization whose primary mission is to improve the oral health of Latinos in the United States. Dr. Garcia is also a past president (2017–2018) of the American Association for Dental Research. At the local level, he has served as chair, and is a current member, of the Massachusetts Oral Health Advocacy Task Force and has also been president (2010–2011) of Health Care for All, Inc., the major consumer-based health advocacy organization in Massachusetts.

Dr. Garcia is a 1981 graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he received the D.M.D. degree summa cum laude. He completed his specialty training in periodontology in 1984 and went on to receive a master of medical sciences degree from Harvard in 1985. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

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