Dr. Steffany Chamut, DDS, MPH, earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the Autonomous University of Coahuila-Mexico, and post-graduate studies in restorative prosthetics and masters of public health at the U.S. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and A.T. Still University respectively. Dr. Chamut also completed her residency and postdoctoral training in dental public health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the Pan-American/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and the U.S Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Currently, Dr. Chamut serves as an instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Curriculum Evaluation Lead at the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders. In these roles, she engages in different efforts ranging from dental, public health education, global and community health, oral-medical health integration initiatives, and clinical training at pre-and post-doctoral levels. Dr. Chamut is the Co-PI of the HRSA grant titled “Catalyzing Oral Health Workforce for Rural and Vulnerable Populations”, which will create the first and only Dental Public Health (DPH) Residency in the country with a dedicated rural track. In addition, she is part of the Human Resources for Health (HRH) program, Faculty at the University of Rwanda, School of Dentistry (first Bachelors of Dental Surgery program in the country), and visiting lecturer at the University of West Indies, Mona School of Dentistry, Kingston, Jamaica. Also, as a director of prosthodontic services at a geriatric dental practice, she assessed the impact of healthcare delivery and mobile dental services for seniors and underserved populations.
Her work and research interests are focused on oral health, tooth loss, geriatrics, activities aimed to improve the care for older adults, healthy aging, health policy, vulnerable populations, nutrition, health disparities, health promotion, and substance use disorders.
As a Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Dr. Chamut is committed to working on policies that support oral health equity and disease preventive measures as critical elements to aid older adults achieve optimal oral and overall health.