General Session on Oral Health Agenda and Specific Dental Initiatives of the Biden Administration

General Session: Oral Health Advancements: Update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Tuesday, September 24
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (CT)

Natalia I. Chalmers DDS, MHSc, PhD

Chief Dental Officer


Dr. Chalmers is a board-certified pediatric dentist, oral health policy expert, and public health advocate who brings more than 20 years of clinical, research, industry, and regulatory experience to CMS as Chief Dental Officer in the Office of the Administrator. Previously, Dr. Chalmers served as a Dental Officer at the US Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Chalmers has devoted her career to transforming scientific and healthcare data and information into actionable insights to address equity, improve care, and better inform policy and funding. Dr. Chalmers completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of Sofia, a residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and a Ph.D. in oral microbiology from the Graduate Partnerships Program of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health, Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Forsyth Institute, and Clinical Research Fellowship at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. 

Dr. Chalmers' research has advanced our understanding of oral care and led to significant improvements in the field. Her master’s degree in clinical research from Duke Medical University and a Certificate in Drug Development and Regulatory Science from the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy have equipped her with the necessary tools to turn her research into action. Her advocacy for health policy encompassing dental well-being as a crucial aspect of overall care is a testament to her commitment to improving healthcare across the lifespan.


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