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Raul I. Garcia - April 2012

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Raul I. Garcia, D.M.D., is professor and chair, Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. He is also the director of the Northeast Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities, established at Boston University in 2001 and supported by the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he has investigated 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.

In the area of health policy, his department at Boston University has implemented new programs to enhance access to oral health care by under-served populations and to recruit students from under-represented groups to enter the oral health professions. Major research interests are in the areas of health services research and oral epidemiology, with experience in and current funding on (a) causes and consequences of oral health disparities, and interventions to eliminate oral health disparities; (b) relationship of oral conditions to systemic disease and health-related quality of life; and (c) longitudinal studies of oral health in diverse populations and the analysis of treatment outcomes. The work has included conduct of randomized clinical trials, observational studies, and secondary analyses of large-scale, national and complex research-derived as well administrative datasets.