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Continuing Dental Education

Columbia University Visiting Professor Program: Contemporary Issues in Dentistry

This free program is generously co-sponsored with an educational grant from Colgate-Palmolive Co. and held in partnership with the Association of Dental Alumni and the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of OKU.

Date & Time
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception follows.

This program is free of charge. Pre-registration required.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center - Roy & Diana Vagelos Education Center

104 Haven Avenue (at West 171st St.), 4th Floor, Rm. 401, New York City 10032

Continuing Dental Education: Credits - 5


Contemporary Issues in Dentistry: The Future of Dental Specialties

presented by

Douglas E. Peterson, DMD, PhD, FDS, RCSEd

Professor and Head, Oral Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut; Co-Chair, Program in Head & Neck Cancer/Oral Oncology, Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center 


Click here to open 2017_CU_VisitingProfessor_Program.pdf


Formerly called The Percy T. Phillips Visiting Professorship, the program was launched during the fall of 1980 and has featured a veritable Who’s Who of leaders in dentistry. The program is a leadership development project intended to raise institutional awareness of contemporary issues in dentistry. It is important that students, faculty and alumni learn to manage the professional challenges they will encounter in both the near and distant future.

The Visiting Professor and topic are chosen each year based on nominations solicited by an Advisory Committee. The Professor serves as a guide to the dental students and residents who have been selected as the Student Scholars, and to the faculty members chosen as mentors to these students.

The event includes a keynote presentation by the Visiting Professor as well as interactive seminars based on the program topic, and are presented by dental students and residents who have been selected as the Student Scholars


Dr. Peterson received his DMD, Ph.D, and Oral Medicine residency education from the Univ. of Pennsylvania. He is currently professor and head, Oral Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, and co-chair, Program in Head & Neck Cancer/Oral Oncology, Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, Farmington, Connecticut. 

He directs the Oral Medicine didactic and clinical curriculum at the School of Dental Medicine, and is one of two co-chairs for the new Inter-professional Education curriculum being implemented across the University. His research is directed to oral complications of cancer therapy, and he has authored over 170 peer reviewed publications and has edited two textbooks directed to head and neck complications in cancer patients.

Dr. Peterson is currently associate editor for Dentistry and Medicine for the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is a diplomate and president of the American Board of Oral Medicine, and serves as one of two Oral Medicine representatives on the American Board of Dental Specialties. He is a World Workshop on Oral Medicine Steering Committee member as well as a board member of the European Association of Oral Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Peterson is a Special Government Employee for the United States Food and Drug Administration, and is co-chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Supportive Care Guideline Advisory Group as well as a member of ASCO's Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. Dr. Peterson has been a frequent presenter for CancerCare for many years, and received CancerCare’s Physician-of-The-Year award in 2006. Dr. Peterson was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery without Examination, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2011, as well as the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the International Society of Oral Oncology in 2016.

Click here to open VisitingProfessorship_OverviewJune2017.pdf

Inquiries: Melissa Welsh, Director of Alumni Relations & CE

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CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS: Please inform Melissa Welsh immediately should your plans change so we may insure an accurate expected attendance count..

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider 11/1/13 through 12/31/17.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Participants: Continuing Education credits awarded for participation in the CE activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her licensing board(s) and to report credits to the appropriate authority. 



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