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Jeanne C. Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Jeanne C. Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D.Jeanne Sinkford is Associate Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association, and Director of the Association’s Center for Equity and Diversity. She is also Professor and Dean Emeritus, Howard University College of Dentistry. Dr. Sinkford’s distinguished career in dental education includes serving as Dean of Howard University College of Dentistry from 1975–1991.

Dr. Sinkford is a nationally and internationally renowned dental educator, administrator, researcher and clinician. She finished first in the dental class of 1958 at Howard University before pursuing graduate study at Northwestern University where she received her M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1963). She completed a Pedodontic Residency at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in 1975. Dr. Sinkford became the first woman dean of a dental school in the U.S. in 1975. She served in that capacity for 16 years.

She has served on numerous committees and advisory councils of national significance including: the National Advisory Dental Research Council; Directors’ Advisory Council, National Institutes of Health; Governing Board of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry; Advisory Board, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program; Committee A, Council on Dental Education and Chair, Appeal Board Council of Dental Education, American Dental Association; Council on Dental Research, American Dental Association; Tuskegee Study Advisory Panel; Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG), Veterans Administration; Council, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the NRC Governing Board, National Academy of Sciences. She serves on Advisory Boards: Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Temple University School of Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry and the New York University Oral Cancer Research for Adolescent and Adult Health Promotion (RAAHP) Center.

Dr. Sinkford has more than 90 articles published in refereed journals and has written an instructional manual for Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. She is co-author of Women’s Health in the Dental School Curriculum, Report of a Survey and Recommendations.

Dr. Sinkford holds honorary degrees from Meharry Medical College, Georgetown University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Detroit-Mercy University. She has received Alumni Achievement Awards from Northwestern University and Howard University and numerous other Citations for Exceptional Professional Achievement. Dr. Sinkford was selected as an Outstanding Leader in Dentistry by the International College of Dentists. She is the first woman to be so honored.

Dr. Sinkford has been a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences since 1975.

This page last reviewed on May 13, 2013

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