elsbeth-kalenderian
Editor in Chief
Elsbeth Kalenderian, PhD
Chair and Professor
  • Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences
    UCSF School of Dentistry, San Francisco CA, USA
    Phone: 415-502-6504
    E-mail: Elsbeth.kalenderian@ucsf.edu

Education

1983 D.D.S. Dentistry Rijks Universiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
1986 Certificate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Boston University
1989 M.P.H. Public Health Harvard School of Public Health
2013 Ph.D. Dentistry University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Postdoctoral Training
1983-1984 Intern Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Boston City Hospital, New England Medical Center, Boston, VA Medical Center
1984-1986 Resident Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery
Boston City Hospital, Boston VA
Medical Center, University
1987-1988 Fellow Oral and Maxillofacial Hospital, Chelsea Soldier's Home
St. John's Mercy Medical Center,
1989-1990 Fellow Surgery
Administration
St. Louis MO
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, Boston

Biography

Elsbeth Kalenderian received her DDS-degree in 1983 from Rijks Universiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. She moved to Boston as a Fulbright Scholar, completing her residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Boston University in 1986. In 1989, she received a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard. In 2013 she obtained a PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam.

In 2007, she made the transition to an academic career at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, starting as Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and rising to Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and Chief of Quality for the Harvard Dental Clinic. In 2016 she became Chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences and Leland A. & Gladys K. Barber Distinguished Professor in Dentistry at UCSF School of Dentistry.

Dr. Kalenderian has published more than 40 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and is frequently asked to be a speaker at conferences for Quality Improvement, Dental Diagnostic Terminologies, Meaningful Use, Leadership, and Patient Safety. She currently is Principle Investigator on four NIH funded R01 grants.

Dr. Kalenderian administrative career incudes leadership positions as Administrator at Children’s Medical Center, Boston, MA (1990-1995); Director of Strategic Planning and Provider Relations and Vice President, Medical Management and Patient Care Services at North Shore Medical Center (Salem, USA) (1995-2001); Executive Director of Transition House (Cambridge, USA) (2001-2004); and Vice President for Quality Improvement Initiatives and Senior Vice President for Health Strategies at the American Heart Association (2004-2007).

Research Interest

  • Patient safety and quality improvement; Health care management; Dentistry; Dental diagnostic terminology

Scientific Activities

Faculty Academic Appointments

2007 - 2010

Instructor

Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

2010 - 2012

Assistant Professor

Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

2012 - Present

Associate Professor

Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

2008 - Present

Adjunct Professor

Oral Health Leadership

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Forsyth School of Dental


Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications in print or other media

Research investigations

  1. Eppley, B.L., Kalenderian, E., Winkelman, T., Delfino, J.J.: Surgical repair of defect in the rabbit temperomandibular joint disc: a comparison of various techniques, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 47 (6): 587-95, 1989 Jun. PMID: 2656940
  2. Eppley, B.L., Kalenderian, E., Winkelman, T., Delfino, J.J.: Facial nerve graft repair: suture vs. laser assisted anastomosis. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 (1): 50-4, 1989 Feb. PMID: 2497212
  3. Kalenderian, E., Pegus, C., Francis, C., Goodwin, N., Saint Jacques, H., Lasa, D., Members of the American Heart Association Health Disparities Committee, Heritage Affiliate, New York, NY. Cardiovascular Disease Urban Intervention: Baseline Activities and Findings. Journal of Community Health: Volume 34, Issue 4 (2009), Page 282 -287. PMID: 19343488
  4. Kalenderian, E., Ramoni, R., White, J.M., Schoonheim-Klein, M.E., Stark, P.C., Kimmes, N.S., Zeller, G.G., Willis, G.P., Walji, M.F. The Development of a Dental Diagnostic Terminology. J Dent Educ. 2011 Jan;75(1):68-76. PMID: 21205730 PMCID: PMC3107733
  5. White, J.M., Kalenderian, E., Stark, P.C., Ramoni, R., Vaderhobli, R., Walji, M.F. Evaluating a Dental Diagnostic Terminology in an Electronic Health Record. J Dent Educ. 2011 May;75(5):605-15. PMID: 21546594 PMCID: PMC3119719
  6. Kalenderian E, Ramoni R.B., White J.M., Schoonheim-Klein M.E., Stark P.C., Kimmes N.S., Patel V.L., Walji M.F. The importance of using diagnostic codes. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2011 Jul;112(1):4-5. PMID: 21669360
  7. Kalenderian, E., Maramaldi, P., Kinnunen, T.H., Spinell, D., Pollak Nelson, L. Assessing Early Performance in the Patient-Doctor Relationship in Dental Education. J Dent Educ. 2012 Feb; 76(2):159- 167. PMID: 22319080
  8.  Tokede, O.*, Walji, M.F.*, Ramoni, R., Schoonheim-Klein, M.E., White, J.M., Vaderhobli, R., Stark, P.C., Kimmes, N.S., Patel, V., Kalenderian, E. Treatment Planning in Dentistry using an electronic health record: implications for undergraduate education. Eur J Dent Educ. 2013 Feb;17(1):e34-43. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2012.00759.x. Epub 2012 May 18. PMID:23279411
  9. Tokede, O.*, White, J.M.*, Stark, P.C., Vaderhobli, R., Walji, M.F., Ramoni, R., Schoonheim-Klein, M.E., Kimmes, N.S., Tavares, A., Kalenderian, E. Assessing the use of a standardized dental diagnostic terminology in an electronic health record. J Dent Educ. 2013 Jan; 77(1) 24-36 PMID:23314462 NIHMSID: NIHMS387572 PMCID: PMC3545411
  10. Ramoni RB, Kalenderian E, Walji MF, Simmons D, White JM, Vaderhobli R, Stewart DC, Patient safety--author's reply to Sinykin. J Am Dent Assoc. 2013 Jan;144(1):19-20 PMID:23283921
  11. Walji, M.F.*, Kalenderian, E.*, Tran, D., Kookal, K.K., Nguyen, V., Tokede, O., White J.M., Vaderhobli, R., Ramoni, R., Stark, P.C., Kimmes N.S., Schoonheim-Klein M.E., and Patel, V. Detection and characterization of usability problems in structured data entry interfaces in dentistry. Int J Med Inform. 2013 Feb;82(2):128-38. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2012.05.018. Epub 2012 Jun 29. PMID:22749840
  12. Pollak Nelson, L.*, Maramaldi, P.*, Kinnunen, T.H., Kalenderian, E. Early Performance in a Humanistic Medicine Course as a Predictor of Dental Students’ Later Clinical Performance. J Dent Educ. 2013 Aug; 77(8) 1008-1014 PMID: 23929570
  13. Kalenderian, E. *, Walji, M.F.*, Tavares, A., Ramoni, R. An adverse event trigger tool in dentistry: A new methodology for measuring harm in the dental office. JADA 2013;144(7):808-814 PMID: 23813262
  14. Stewart, D., Kalenderian, E. Patient Safety in Dentistry and Medicine. Dental Quality Alliance Conference Compendium Improving Quality through Measurement; 2013; http://www.ada.org/sections/dentalPracticeHub/pdfs/FINAL_2013_Conference_Compendium_.pdf
  15. Ramoni, R.*, Walji, M.F.*, Tavares, A., White, J.M., Tokede, O., Vaderhobli, R., Kalenderian, E. Open wide: Looking into the Safety Culture of the Dental Practice. J Dent Educ. 2014 78(5):745-756 PMID: 24789834
  16. Walji, M.F.*, Kalenderian, E.*, Piotrowski, P., Tran, D., Kookal, K.K., Tokede, O., White J.M., Vaderhobli, R., Ramoni, R., Stark, P.S., Kimmes N.S., Lagerweij, M., and Patel, V. Are Three Methods Better Than One? A Comparative Assessment of Usability Evaluation Methods in an EHR. International Journal of Medical Informatics January 2014 May; 83(5): 361-7. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.01.010. Epub 2014 Feb 3. PMCID: 4058821
  17. Walji, M.F.*. Kalenderian, E.*, Stark, P., White, J., Kookal, K., Phan, D., Tran, D., Bernstam, E., Ramoni, R. BigMouth: A Multi-Institutional Dental Data Repository. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jul 3. pii: amiajnl-2013-002230. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002230.
Other peer-reviewed publications
  1. Kalenderian, E., Friedland, B., White, R., Zavras, A., Da Silva, J.D., Timothé, P., Gallucci, G., Donoff,B.R. A Faculty Group Practice-Driven Credentialing and Privileging Infrastructure. J Dent Educ.
    2010;74 417-422. PMID: 20388815
  2. Kalenderian, E., Skoulas, A., Timothé, P., Friedland, B. Integrating Leadership into a Practice Management Curriculum for Dental Students. J Dent Educ. 2010; 74 464-471. PMID: 20442423
  3. Stark, P.C., Kalenderian, E., White, J.W., Walji, M.F. Stewart, D.C.L., Kimmes, N.S., Meng, Jr., T.R., Willis, J.P., DeVries, T., Chapman R.J. for the Consortium for Oral Health-Related Informatics (COHRI). Consortium for Oral Health-Related Informatics: Improving Dental Research, Education, and Treatment. J Dent Educ. 2010 74: 1051-1065. PMID: 20930236 PMCID: PMC3114442
  4. Skoulas, A., Kalenderian, E. Leadership for Graduate Dental Students. J Dent Educ. 2012 76(9):1156- 1166 PMID:22942411
  5. Allan J. Formicola, Sandra C. Andrieu, Judith A. Buchanan, Gail Schneider Childs, Micaela Gibbs, Marita R. Inglehart, Elsbeth Kalenderian, Marsha A. Pyle, Kim D’Abreu, and Lauren Evans. Interprofessional Education in U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools: An ADEA Team Study Group Report. J Dent Educ 2012 76(9):1250-1268 PMID:23101133
  6. Gallucci, G., Weber, H.P., Kalenderian, E. Implementation of a New Advanced Graduate Education Program in Oral Implantology. J Dent Educ. 2012 76(10):1347-57 PMID: 23066134
  7. Ramoni, R.B.*, Walji, M.F.*, White, J.M., Stewart, D.C.L., Vaderhobli, R., Simmons, D., Kalenderian, E. From Good to Better: Towards a Patient Safety Initiative in Dentistry. JADA 2012; 143(9):956-960 PMID:22942131
  8. Donald B. Giddon, Brittany Anne Seymour, Brian Swann, Nina K. Anderson, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Jason Outlaw, and Elsbeth Kalenderian. Innovative Primary Care Training: The Cambridge Health Alliance Oral Physician Program. Am J Public Health 2012 Nov 20;102(11):e48-9. Epub 2012 Sep 20.
  9. Kalenderian, E.*, Walji, M.F.*, Ramoni, R. “Meaningful Use" of EHR in Dental School Clinics: How to Benefit from the U.S. HITECH Act's Financial and Quality Improvement Incentives. J Dent Educ. 2013 Apr;77(4):401-15. PMID:23576586
  10. Seymour, B., Barrow, J., Kalenderian, E. Results from a new Global Oral Health course: a case study.J. Dent. Educ. 2013 Oct;77(10):1245-51. Greenspan J. Global health and dental education: a tipping point? J. Dent. Educ. 2013 Oct;77(10):1243-4.
  11. Seymour B, Benzian H, Kalenderian E. Voluntourism and global health-an evolving dental curriculum to prepare students. J Dent Educ. 2013 Oct;77(10):1252-57. Greenspan J. Global health and dental education: a tipping point? J. Dent. Educ. 2013 Oct;77(10):1243-4.
  12. Kalenderian, E., Taichman, R.S., Skoulas, A., Nadershahi, N., Victoroff, K.Z., Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in Oral Health. Journal of Dental Education, J Dent Educ. 2013 Nov;77(11):1508-14.
  13. San Martin, L., Ogunbodede, E.O., Kalenderian, E. A 50-year audit of published peer review literature on pit and fissure sealants, 1962 to 2011. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica. Early online June, 2013
  14. Harlyn K. Susarla MPH; Kelley M. Dentino; Elsbeth Kalenderian DDS, MPH; Rachel B. Ramoni, DMD, ScD. The reporting of Race and Ethnicity Information in the Dental Public Health Literature. J Public Health Dent. 2014 Winter;74(1):21-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2012.00358.x. Epub 2012 Aug 8. PMID:22881833
Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
  1. Kalenderian, E., Lagerweij, M.D., Ramoni, R., Tokede, O., Vaderhobli, R., Kimmes, N.S., Walji, M.F., White, J.M. Commentary to: “Periodontal Diagnosis Affected by Variation in Terminology”. J Periodontol. 2013 Sept;84(9):1231-1232. doi: 10.1901/jop.2013.120546
  2. Tokede, O., Rachel Ramoni, R., Kalenderian, E. The Value Of Checklists. JADA July 2014 145(7): 696 Letter to the Editor
  3. Feilzer, A.J., Kalenderian-Groenewegen, E., Berendsen, J.A.Th. Nederlandse Norm voor diagnostische termen (NT nieuws, klinisch). Nederlands Tandartsenblad, July 2014
  4. Obadan E., Kalenderian, E., Ramoni, R.B. Case Reports Hailed. JADA September 2014 145(9): 912- 914 Letter to the Editor
Submitted Publications
  1. Hebball, N.B.*, Ramoni, R.*, Kalenderian, E.*, Delattre, V., Stewart, D., Kent, K. White, J.M., Vaderhobli, R., Walji, M.F. The Dangers of Dental Devices. Submission to JADA July 1, 2014
  2. Kalenderian, E.*; Ramoni, R.*; AbdulRahiman, A.; Tokede, O.; White, J.M.; Walji, M.F.; Feilzer, A.J. Standardized Dental Diagnostic Codes Are a Fundamental Public Health Tool. Submission to the  Journal of Dental, Oral And Craniofacial Epidemiology, July 2, 2014.
  3. Rees, S.G., Adibi, S.S., Coover, M., Gellin, R.G., Wahlquist, A., AbdulRahiman, A., Hamil, L.H., Walji, M.F., O’Neill, P., Kalenderian, E. Impact of using an electronic health record with the dental diagnostic system (DDS) terminology on the critical thinking skills of dental students. Submission to JDE July 25, 2014
  4. Seymour, B.A., Getman, R., Saraf, A., Zhang, L.H., Kalenderian, E. When advocacy obscures  accuracy online: unpacking "digital pandemics" of public health misinformation through an anti-fluoride case study. Accepted for Publication after minor revisions to American Journal of Public Health, October 7, 2014
  5. Enihomo M. Obadan, E.M.*, Ramoni, R.B.*, Kalenderian, E. Lessons learnt from Dental Patient Safety Case Reports. Accepted for Publication after minor revisions to JADA, October 6, 2014
Professional Educational Materials or Reports, in print or other media:
  1. Dental Practice Management Syllabus; DHY 450O 2nd year dental hygiene students; material provides the basis for on line learning exercises. 2008
  2. Concepts of Oral Health Leadership Syllabus; SDM319C.00 3rd year dental students; material provides the basis for case studies, tutorials and other interactive class exercises. 2009
  3. Axium Training Curriculum for implementation of axiUm, an electronic health record for dental faculty, students and staff. 2009
  4. The Dentist as Leader Syllabus; IDP603 advanced graduate students; material provides the basis for case studies, tutorials and interactive class exercises. 2010
  5. Reference sheets for the use of the Electronic Health Record AxiUm for dental faculty, students and staff. 2009, 2011
  6. “Seeing Through Our Patients’ Eyes”, a case study intended to complement the lecture on patient safety and quality improvement in the third year Concepts of Oral Health Leadership (SDM319C.00), developed by Artemis March, PhD and Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH. 2012
  7. “Dr. Casey’s Dental Practice”, a case study intended to complement the lecture on Finance in the third year Concepts of Oral Health Leadership (SDM319C.00), developed by Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH and Richard B. Siegrist, Jr., MBA, MS, CPA. 2012
  8. Meaningful Use Training Curriculum for implementation of axiUm 5.1 Upgrade of the electronic health record and implementation of Meaningful Use for dental faculty, students and staff. 2012
  9. Glassman, P., et al., Oral Health Performance Measurement: Environmental Scan, Gap Analysis & Measure Topics Prioritization, 2012, National Quality Forum: Washington, D.C.
  10. “Promoting Research Using Diagnostic Codes”, in Dental Informatics Blog, Data Computing and Technology in Dentistry: http://dentalinformatics.org/blog/?p=642; February 2013
  11. “EZCodes Dental Diagnostic Terminology in Dental Informatics Online Community: http://www.dentalinformatics.org/ The Virtual, Global Community for Dental Informaticians, February 2013
Clinical Guidelines and Reports
  1. Credentialing and Re-Credentialing Guidelines for the Full Time and Part Time Dental Staff; allowed the implementation of initial credentialing and regular re-credentialing of the dental staff. 2008
  2. HSDM Adverse Event Policy. 2009
  3. EZCodes©: a standardized dental diagnostic terminology. 2009
  4. Guidelines for Infection Control Manual. 2010
  5. Quality Improvement Plan; Harvard School of Dental Medicine. 2010
  6. Strategic Plan for the Oral Health Policy Department. 2010
  7. EZCodes 2011©: a standardized dental diagnostic terminology – revision 2011
  8. EZCodes 2012©: a standardized dental diagnostic terminology – revision 2012
  9. EZCodes 2013©: a standardized dental diagnostic terminology – revision 2013
  10. EZCodes 2013 Mapping to other Terminologies©: a standardized dental diagnostic terminology – mapped to ICD 9/10, ICD 9/10 CM, SNOMED, and CDT current 2012/2013 versions.
  11. Toolkit for the implementation of the DDS Dental Diagnostic Terminology©. 2014
Posters
  1. Stark, P.C., Walji, M.F., Kalenderian, E., White, J.M. Development of an Inter-University Oral Health Research Database. October 1, 2008. AMIA Conference, Washington, DC. Poster
  2. Kalenderian, E. Dental Health Care Delivery Course. Harvard Medical School, Medical Education Day. October 28, 2008. Poster
  3. Stewart D.C.L., Stark P.C, White J.M., Meng T., DeVries T., Kalenderian E., Willis G., Chapman R. A consortium of dental schools for oral health research. August 2009. ADEE Conference, Helsinki, Finland. Poster
  4. Kalenderian, E., Ramoni, R.B., White, J.M., Klein-Schoonheim, M., Stark, P.C., Kimmes, N.S., Willis, G., Zeller, G., Walji, M.F. The Development of a Practical, Standardized Dental Diagnostic Terminology. November 2010. AMIA Annual Symposium, Washington, DC. Poster
  5. Kalenderian, E., Linda Pollak Nelson, L., Kinnunen, T.H., Maramaldi, P., Spinell, D. Early performance in the Patient Doctor Relationship as a Predictor of Success in Dental Education. Harvard Medical School, Medical Education Day. October 26, 2010. Poster
  6. Kalenderian, E., Linda Pollak Nelson, L., Kinnunen, T.H., Maramaldi, P., Spinell, D. Early performance in the Patient Doctor Relationship as a Predictor of Success in Dental Education. ADEA Annual Conference, San Diego, February 2011. Poster
  7. Kalenderian, E., Skoulas, A., Timothé, P., Friedland, B. Integrating leadership into the dental curriculum. ADEA Annual Conference, San Diego, February 2011. Poster
  8. Kalenderian, E., Stewart D.C.L. Quality Improvement Across Dental Institutions. AAMC 2012 Integrating Quality Meeting: Collaborating for Care, Chicago, June 2012. Moderated Poster Session.
  9. Kalenderian, E., Ramoni, R.B., Walji, M.F. Assessing Patient Safety in Dentistry. AAMC 2012 Integrating Quality Meeting: Collaborating for Care, Chicago, June 2012. Moderated Poster Session.
  10. R. Popat, H. Susarla, J. DaSilva, E. Kalenderian, R. Ramoni. Report of Demographic Factors Associated with Orthodontic Services in an Underserved Population. Moyers Symposium at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2013. Poster
  11. R.M. Vaderhobli, C.J. Walsh, S. Brear, E. Kalenderian, J.M. White. Comparing Outcomes of Educational Checklists, Didactic Instruction, and Clinical Directives. IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition, Seattle, WA, March 20-23, 2013. Poster
  12. Stark, P.C., Park, A., Tran, D., White J.M., Kalenderian, E., Walji, M.F., Comparing the COHRI Dental Data Repository to NHANES Data. Conference paper: IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition, Seattle, WA, March 20-23, 2013. Poster
  13. Adibi S, S., Kalenderian E, Gellin G. R., Coover M., Abdulrahiman A., Hamil L., Walji M. F., O’Neill P., Reed S. G. Pilot study of critical thinking skills of dental students: UTHSCH School of Dentistry results. ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, March 15-18, 2014. Poster
  14. Tokede, O., Kalenderian, E. Development of a Checklist to Aid in Documentation of Patient Care. 2015 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition. Boston, MA Poster Submission
  15. Obaden, E., Ramoni, R., Kalenderian, E. Dental Patient Safety Case Reports Redefined. 2015 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition. Boston, MA Poster Submission
Abstracts
  1. Kalenderian, E., Pollak Nelson, L., Kinnunen, T.H., Maramaldi, P., Spinell, D. Early performance in the Patient Doctor Relationship as a Predictor of Success in Dental Education. Harvard Medical School, Medical Education Day. October 26, 2010. Abstract
  2. Kalenderian, E., Pollak Nelson, L., Kinnunen, T.H., Maramaldi, P., Spinell, D. Early performance in the Patient Doctor Relationship as a Predictor of Success in Dental Education. Abstract. J Dent Educ. February 2011
  3. Kalenderian, E., Skoulas, A., Timothé, P., Friedland, B. Integrating leadership into the dental curriculum. Abstract. J Dent Educ. February 2011

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