Dr. Jeffrey Dean to Head American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Jeffrey A. Dean, DDS, MSD, Indiana University School of Dentistry executive associate dean and associate dean for faculty affairs, has been named to oversee the nation’s dental certifying board for the specialty of pediatric dentistry.

He has accepted an appointment as executive director of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD), effective January 1, 2012. The 71-year-old board serves as the governing body for about 3,100 pediatric dentists who have attained certification, the specialty’s most advanced level of training.

As executive director, Dr. Dean will provide the strategic leadership and guidance for the organization as well as manage the administrative and financial operation of the corporate office, headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa. He will support a board of six directors, and has made a commitment to serve in the position for at least five years.

“I am pleased to be taking on the leadership of this organization in a period of such momentous progress and change in health care,” said Dr. Dean. “The ABPD serves as the standard-bearer of our specialty, and after my nearly three decades in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, I find that the board’s goals and ideals continue to hold great meaning for me.”

A member of the IU faculty since 1985, Dr. Dean is the Ralph E. McDonald Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and a professor of orthodontics at the School of Dentistry and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. He is also a part-time practitioner of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics as a partner at Associates in Pediatric Dentistry in Indianapolis.

Dr. Dean and IU emeritus professors Drs. Ralph E. McDonald and David R. Avery are the co-editors of an internationally respected textbook, McDonald and Avery’s Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent. Now in its ninth edition and 42 years old, the book is the longest running pediatric dentistry textbook in the world.

Dr. Dean received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University and his master's and doctoral degrees in dentistry from IU, as well as his specialty certificates in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.

He is a former director of IU’s Pediatric Dentistry advanced specialty education program and former chair of the dental school’s Department of Oral Facial Development.

He has been certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry for nearly two decades and of the American Board of Orthodontics since 2004. He is a past president of both the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and its College of Diplomates.