Phillip Woods, DDS, MPH

Captain, US Public Health Service

Dental Specialist / Instructor, Dept. of Oral Health Promotion, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK

Dr. Woods is a board-certified Periodontist who assesses, designs, and provides services, which address racial and cultural disparities in primary oral health care for at-risk populations.  He is particularly interested in the oral health of racial/ethnic minorities and immigrants, and the impact of systemic disease upon their oral health status.

After completing his DDS degree at the UNC School of Dentistry in 1984, Woods earned his certificate in Periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1986.  He completed a fellowship in Periodontal Research/Oral Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Dental School in 1989, and obtained his Masters in Public Health at Harvard in 2002 as part of the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, a fellowship designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that improve the access to high-quality care at the national, state, and /or local levels for minority, disadvantaged, and most vulnerable populations. Dr. Woods is one of the first dentists ever selected for this fellowship, completing it concurrently with his MPH degree in Family and Community Health at Harvard 2002.

As an officer in the USPHS Commissioned Corps since 2003, CAPT Woods served as BOP national periodontal consultant for 11 years.  In 2014, CAPT Woods transferred to the Food and Drug Administration, where he served as Periodontist and regulatory scientific reviewer, tasked with pre-market evaluation and approval of new dental devices, including dental implants, bone-fill materials and related membranes, restorative materials and novel technology devices.  Since 2014, he also served as guest periodontal instructor for the Alaska Native Tribal Consortium Dental Health Aide Therapist Program in Anchorage, Alaska. In November 2017, CAPT Woods joined the program as full-time Alaska area specialist and instructor.

His research interests have included dental problems among BMT Recipients, Dental Readiness among DOD Recruits, and Oral Disease Risk Management for vulnerable populations.  He has served on the faculties at UNC, Tufts, Meharry, Boston University, and Harvard dental schools.

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