Cynthia E. Hodge, DMD, MPH, MPA
DeSti Consulting, LLC
Cynthia Hodge, a Principal at DeSti Consulting, LLC is an academician, administrator, clinician, and mentor. She is a passionate advocate for enhancing care to underserved populations. She earned her Dental Medicine Doctorate (DMD) degree from Oregon Health Sciences University, followed by the Masters in Public Health (MPH) and a certificate in Oral Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry, and Memorial Hospital, respectively. She received the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a certificate in Minority Health Policy from Harvard Medical School; and a certificate in Dental Public Health from Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Hodge recently launched DeSti Consulting, LLC to provide subject-matter expertise to individuals and organizations. Formerly, National Dental Association (NDA) Foundation president, Hodge convened an Oral Health Summit, “Succeeding in a Time of Change”, and was instrumental in bringing to fruition the joint research project at Howard and Meharry, titled the “Howard-Meharry Adolescent Caries Study”, a $1,000,000 research study funded by Colgate Palmolive.
Hodge is Past President of the NDA, a past member of the DentaQuest Institute Board of Directors, and AAL faculty mentor for the Faculty Development Program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Her awards include “Dentist of the Year”, “Distinguished Service and Leadership”, and US Assistant Secretary for Health Award “For outstanding leadership in providing care to people with HIV infection and AIDS”.