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Phillip Woods

Commander, U.S. Public Health Service; Immediate Past Chair, DePAC, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP); National Periodontal Consultant; Staff Dentist, Federal Medical Center Devens, Devens, Mass.

Dr. Woods assesses, designs, and provides services which address racial and cultural disparities in primary oral health care for at-risk populations. He is particularly interested in the oral health of racial/ethnic minorities and immigrants, and the role of systemic disease upon their oral health status. He currently serves a 1,200-inmate diverse population in the Federal Bureau of Prisons' first high-risk federal detention center in San Diego. As the National Periodontal Consultant, Dr. Woods develops policy to establish guidelines to better assist dentists in the 119-facility federal prison system with the management of their inmates' periodontal needs. He serves on the U.S. Public Health Service's Dental Professional Advisory Committee, providing advice and consultation to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Woods is also committed to the identification, recruitment, and retention of qualified minority high school students for oral health careers. He has taught periodontics at Meharry, Tufts, Harvard, Boston University and University of North Carolina (NC) Dental Schools, and is a former Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. Dr. Woods co-authored the first chapter on Oral Medicine in a Prominent correctional medicine text by Michael Puisis. He is also the 2007 recipient of the Ernest Eugene Buell Dental Award, given annually to the Junior PHS Dental Officer who has made a significant contribution in oral health education, research or service.Dr. Woods received a dental degree from the University of North Carolina Dental School in 1984, his periodontal certificate from Tufts University in 1986; he completed an oral medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1989, and obtained his MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2002 as part of the CFHU Fellowship. He became a diplomat of the American Academy of Periodontology in November 2005. E-mail: [email protected]