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Dennis A. Mitchell, DDS, MPH

Expertise in: 
Dentistry
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(212) 342-0107

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Credentials & Experience

Clinical Expertise

  • Dentistry

Specialties

Honors & Awards

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -SMDEP Leadership Award, 2014
  • American Academy of Periodontolgy - Clinical Research Award, 2007
  • National Association of Minority Medical Educators NE - Leadership Award, 2007
  • The NDA Foundation/Colgate Palmolive - Dental Faculty Award for Research, 2005
  • West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. - Leadership Award, 2004
  • AETNA Foundation, Inc. - Distinuguished African Americans in Dentistry, 2004
  • National Dental Association - Community Leadership Award, 2002
  • Howard University College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni Award, 2002
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Epsilon Epsilon Chapter - elected, 2001
  • NIH/NIDCR - Minority Clinical Associate Physicians Award, 1998
  • National Dental Association - Outstanding Achievement Award, 1997
  • Who's Who in Dentistry, 1996, 1995
  • NIH/NIAID - National Research Service Award, 1994
  • Harlem Community Dental Society - Community Service Award, 1991
  • Harlem Hospital Center - Chief Resident Award, 1991

About Dennis Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell serves as the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion for Columbia University in the City of New York and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity for the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM). In his role as Vice Provost, he is responsible for leading the University’s ongoing commitment to attract, advance, and retain a diverse faculty. Dr. Mitchell implements the program elements of the University’s ongoing $33 million financial commitment to enhance the diversity of the faculty, and works with the leaders of each of Columbia’s Schools to evaluate and strengthen their diversity initiatives, in addition to chairing the Provost’s Advisory Council for the Enhancement of Faculty Diversity. In his role as Senior Associate Dean for CDM, Dr. Mitchell is responsible for the dental college’s diversity programs targeted for underrepresented minority student enrollment and development, including serving as the Co-Principal Investigator for Columbia’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Co-Principal Investigator for the Summer Public Health Scholars Program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Together, these two pipeline programs bring over 125 young scholars from underrepresented groups to the Columbia campus each summer. Dr. Mitchell has a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Dental Medicine in the Division of Community Health, Section of Population Oral Health, and the Division of Periodontics, Section of Oral and Diagnostic Sciences.

Dr. Mitchell began his research career at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine as a clinical investigator studying the Oral Manifestations of HIV Disease in Different Risk Groups. He then studied the Effects of Periodontal Therapy Intervention on Preterm Birth, and served as the Co-Principal Investigator for the enrollment site at Columbia University for the NIH/NIDCR-funded Obstetrics and Periodontal Therapy (OPT) multi-center randomized clinical trial. His current research interests include the Oral Health Status of Minority Children and Adults in Northern Manhattan and the elimination of oral health disparities in underserved communities.

Academic Titles

  • Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, College of Dental Medicine
  • Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, Columbia University

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

University and Departmental Committees:

a) Columbia University

Provost’s Cabinet - Member, 2014 - present

Provost’s Advisory Council for the Advancement of Faculty Diversity - Chair, 2014 - present,   - Member, 2012 - 2014

Provost’s Review Committee for Faculty Recruitment for Underrepresented Groups - Chair, 2014 - present,  - Member, 2012 - 2014

Provost’s Review Committee for Research Grants for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity of the University  - Chair, 2014 - present

Provost’s Diversity Council for the Professional Schools - Member, 2008 - 2010,   - Co-Chair, 2006 - 2008

b) Columbia University Medical Center

CUMC Diversity Deans Council, 2013 - present

Search Committee for Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, 2012 - 2013

Search Committee for Dean, College of Dental Medicine, 2012 - 2013

Dean’s Special Advisor for Community Health Affairs, 2011 - 2014

Curriculum Development Committee for Cultural Competency, 2002 - 2006

Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative - Steering Committee, 1999 - 2006

Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative - Evaluation Committee, 1999 - 2001

c) College of Dental Medicine

NDA HEALTH NOW-NY (Director), 2014 - present

Governance Committee, 2006 - 2014

Executive Committee, 2004 - present

Admissions Committee, 2004 - present

Standing Committee for Diversity Affairs (Chairperson), 2006 - present

Standing Committee for Professional Development, 2008 - 2012

Strategic Planning Committee for Pre-doctoral Education, 2011 - 2012

Search Committee for Chair, Section of Growth & Devel. and Director, Div. of Orthodontics, 2010-2011

Strategic Planning Adhoc Committee for Tuition and Trainee Programs (Chairperson), 2009 - 2010

Strategic Planning Adhoc Committee for Faculty Compensation, 2009 - 2010

Sub Committee on Recruitment of Underrepresented in Dentistry Students (Chairperson), 2001 - 2006

Community DentCare Network, Director - Harlem Component (Chairperson), 1996 - 2002

Community DentCare Network, Evaluation Committee (Chairperson), 1996 - 2002

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Male

Contact & Locations

1
100 Haven Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Phone:
(212) 342-0107
Primary

Research

The relationship between periodontal disease and preterm low birthweight. The oral health status of the Northern Manhattan community.

Grants

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT IN GENERAL, PEDIATRIC & PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY & DENTAL HYGIENE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2012 - Jun 30 2017

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT IN GENERAL, PEDIATRIC & PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY & DENTAL HYGIENE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2012 - Jun 30 2017

A PUBLIC HEALTH WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE TO INCREASE MINORITY STUDENT INTEREST IN PUBLIC HEALTH (Federal Gov)

Sep 15 2011 - Sep 14 2016