Natalia Chalmers, DMD, PhD

Director of Analytics and Publication – DentaQuest Institute

Dr. Natalia Chalmers is the Director of Analytics and Publication with the DentaQuest Institute. The DentaQuest Institute ( is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving efficiency, effectiveness, and quality in dental care. Through its work to align clinical practice with science-based research, the DentaQuest Institute is helping oral health professionals find new ways to partner with patients to prevent and manage oral diseases. This work ensures patients get the right care, at the right time, with the right outcome.

Under Dr. Chalmers’ direction, the Office of Analytics and Publication has been transforming data and information into actionable insights on effective and efficient care, while also leveraging that knowledge to enhance care and better inform policy and financing.

Prior to joining the DentaQuest Institute, Dr. Chalmers served as a Pediatric Dentist Clinical Research Fellow at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leading the latest clinical, translational and basic research while providing clinical service to the unique pediatric patient population at the NIH Clinical Center. There, Dr. Chalmers was actively engaged in efforts centered on enhancing the quality of patient care.

She earned her D.D.S. from the Medical University of Sofia, and a Ph.D. and certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, as well as a Masters in Clinical Research from Duke Medical University. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (2013). Dr. Chalmers also was the recipient of a National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Forsyth Institute in Boston, and most recently her work was recognized with the 2014 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Paul Taylor Award, given to the most prestigious journal article in pediatric dentistry of the previous year.

In her leadership roles, Dr. Chalmers is co-chair of the Academy Health Oral Health Interest Group, fellow with the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, expert consultant for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Scientific Affairs, Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and former officer for the International Association for Dental Research Women in Science Network.

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