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March 2018 – Julie Frantsve-Hawley

Julie Frantsve-Hawley, Ph.D., is the senior director of guidelines and publishing at the American College of CHEST Physicians.  She has served as the Executive Director of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and led the ADA’s evidence-based dentistry efforts for 10 years. She is involved in dissemination and implementation research projects aimed at helping clinicians implement science into practice.  Dr. Hawley received her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences program, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

1. How did you first learn about AADR and what motivated you to join?
I first learned about AADR when I started working at the American Dental Association. It was very clear that AADR had a crucial role to play in the dental sciences — it was a no-brainer to join and I’ve been a member ever since.

2. What do you find to be the most valuable benefit of AADR membership?
Without a doubt it is attending the annual meetings, I look forward to it every year. I told IADR/AADR Executive Director Christopher Fox that it is “my version of Disney Land.” When I go I have a great time, I learn a lot and I get to network with other members. 

3. What do you want to see in the future for AADR?
As my work and career with AADR as evolved, I have come to realize the importance of AADR’s advocacy efforts. It took me a while to understand the role that the Association plays in advocating for dental research. I would like to see the members have a better understanding of the diverse roles AADR plays. AADR already does a good job at considering the next generation of dental researchers with the graduate and Ph.D. students, but I would like to see the Association more active with college students or even high school students so we can bring the brightest students into our field.
4. What is the best way for other members to become more involved in AADR?
Volunteer!  Start locally with a local chapter so you can get your feet wet. As you get more engaged then you can take on a larger role and see how your areas of interest develop.

5. How important do you think cross-collaboration with other scientific disciplines is to the future of dental, oral and craniofacial research?
This is my favorite question — I think it’s absolutely critical that we look outside our field and bring things back to dentistry, otherwise we are in a bubble. Learning similar things from similar groups is important, but it is taking outside knowledge and brining that into dentistry that will make a difference. I have a few examples of that:  One is implementation research. For example, an NIH training program I was a part of was supported by the National Cancer Institute. This is not a group I would normally work with but in learning those skills, there was a direct application to dentistry. Another example is a few years ago I attended the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science which was held at Stony Brook University, NY, in the School of Journalism. I learned unique communication, journalism and acting skills, which sounds strange but these skills have enabled to me interact with my audience better and that has been helpful when I present or lecture, but also helpful with some work I’ve done on the Hill.

6. You’ve spent your entire career in some dental related position, but are now with the Chest Physicians. What are you bringing to them from the oral health profession and what’s do you hope to accomplish?  
Primarily, I am bringing to CHEST my knowledge and passion for evidence-based medicine, promoting the use of science in clinical decision-making.  This new career direction has a focus on pulmonology, critical care medicine and sleep medicine, which presents areas of commonality with oral health.  Examples include prophylactic antibiotics for prevention of bacterial endocarditis, prevention of hospital acquired pneumonia associated with mechanical ventilation and critical care, smoking cessation, and gaining a broader science base around novel nicotine products.  I am also still very much engaged in implementation science within CHEST as well as oral health, serving on an NIDCR funded implementation grant with the University of Pittsburgh.  I expect that this new transition in my career will broaden my perspective and the knowledge base that I will continue to contribute to oral health.

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