Brian J. Swann, DDS, MPH
Chief of Oral Health
Cambridge Health Alliance
Instructor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Brian Swann graduated from the University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry. After a 30-year career in public health and private practice, he realized he would make a greater impact by focusing on community dentistry and public health policy. This decision led him to Boston as the first Joseph L. Henry Fellow in Minority Health Policy. He earned certificates in Minority Health Policy (Harvard Medical School [HMS]) and Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology (Harvard School of Dental Medicine [HSDM]). Most importantly, the Harvard School of Public Health conferred a Master’s in Public Health degree and he was presented with the Albert Schweitzer Award for his ongoing commitment to global outreach.
Currently, Dr. Swann is the Chief of Oral Health for the Cambridge Health Alliance. He also practices clinical dentistry and conducts the Oral Physician Program within the General Practice Residency. He implemented a shared appointment model, an innovative approach to providing dental care while increasing access to oral health services.
As an Instructor in The Practice of Medicine at HMS, he assisted with introducing oral health into that curriculum. Dr. Swann was also instrumental in having oral health questions included as part of the medical interview. At HSDM, he is an instructor, a mentor, and a member of the Dean’s Oral Global Health Committee and the Oral Health and Primary Care Committee. Currently, he is involved with outreach projects in Boston and abroad, and directing an initiative to improve the overall health of the Wampanoag Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.