Dushanka V. KleinmanPrimary tabs
Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Dean for Research and Principal Associate Dean
Other Affiliations: UMD Prevention Research Center, Office of the Dean
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2242P
Phone: (301) 405-7201 |

Dr. Dushanka V. Kleinman is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She is a senior science leader at the University of Maryland College Park and in these roles works closely with faculty at the School, University and across the University System campuses to contribute to identifying and supporting proposals for emerging research and research training opportunities. Her recent research interests include prevention of oral health disparities, health literacy, and strategies to integrate oral and general health as well as primary care with public health and social services. In 2011-12, Dr. Kleinman led a comprehensive public health impact study of Prince George’s County, Maryland, with a multidisciplinary faculty study team representing four of the School’s six departments, that applied both quantitative and qualitative methods and worked closely with a diverse group of stakeholders from all sectors. The study was guided by key questions designed to inform decision-making by geopolitical entities, health care systems, academic partners and legislative bodies. The findings from the resulting document, which includes seven technical reports and a summary, has stimulated and informed activities at local, regional and state levels.  The full report can be accessed at: www.sph.umd.edu/princegeorgeshealth.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Kleinman, a Board Certified specialist in Dental Public Health, completed 28 years of government service where she served as Deputy Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH and Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral), U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. In 2006 she completed a five year term as the 15th Chief Dental Officer, USPHS. She was the co-editor, and coordinated the federal involvement in the development, of the first-ever Surgeon General's report on oral health (2000). At NIH she assumed the role of NIDCR Acting Director twice during transitions between directors and also served as the first assistant director of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research.

Education and Training

Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University: M.Sc.D. in Dental Public Health and Certificate 1976

University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics: Rotating Dental Internship 1974

College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago: D.D. S. 1973

University of Wisconsin, Madison: B.S. (Zoology) 1969

Honors and Awards

2013 William J. Gies Award, American College of Dentists

2011 Callahan Medal, Ohio Dental Association

2011 Surgeon General David Satcher Keynote Lecturer, Commissioned Officers Association

2007 American Dental Association Distinguished Service Award

2007 American Association of Dental Research Jack Hein Public Service Award

2007 USPHS Surgeon General’s Medallion

2007 USPHS Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal

2006 Honorary Degree, University of Southern California


Horowitz AM, Maybury C, Kleinman DV, Radice SR, Wang MQ, Child W, Rudd RE. Health literacy environmental scans of community-based dental clinics in Maryland. Am J Public Health.2014;104:e85-e93.

Horowitz AM, Clovis JC, Kleinman DV, Wang MQ. Use of recommended communication techniques by Maryland dental hygienists.  J Dent Hygiene. 2013; 4:181-1192.

Maybury C, Horowitz AM, Wang MQ, Kleinman DV. Communication techniques used by Maryland Dentists. J Am Dent Assoc. 2013;144:1386-1396.

Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV, Wang MQ. What Maryland Adults with Young Children Know and do about Preventing Dental Caries. Am J Pub Health. 2013;103:e69-e76. 

Horowitz AM, Wang MQ, Kleinman DV. Opinions of Maryland Adults Regarding Communication Practices of Dentists and Staff. J Health Comm 2012;17: 1204-1214.

Huerta MF, Farber GK, Wilder EL, Kleinman DV, Grady PA, Schwartz DA, Tabak LA. NIH Roadmap interdisciplinary research initiatives.  PLoS Comput Biol. 2005 Nov;1(6):e59.

Winn DM, Diehl SR, Brown LM, Harty LC, Bravo-Otero, E, Fraumeni JF Jr., Kleinman DV, Hayes RB.  Mouthwash in the etiology of oral cancer in Puerto Rico.  Cancer Causes and Control, 2001;12:419-429.

Evans CA, Kleinman DV. Co-Executive Editors: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General.  Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000. 

Hayes RB, Bravo-Otero E, Kleinman DV, Brown LM, Fraumeni JF Jr, Harty LC, Winn DM. Tobacco and alcohol use and oral cancer in Puerto Rico. Cancer Causes Control 1999;10:27-33.

Harty LC, Caporaso NE, Hayes RB, Winn DM, Bravo-Otero E, Blot WJ, Kleinman DV, Brown LM, Armenian HK,Fraumeni JF and Shields PG. Alcohol Dehydrogenase 3 Genotype and Risk of Oral Cavity and Pharyngeal Cancer. J Nat Cancer Inst 1997; 89(12):1698-1705.

Tomar SL, Winn DM, Swango PA, Giovino GA, Kleinman DV. Oral mucosal smokeless tobacco lesions among adolescents in the United States. J Dent Res, 1997; 76:277-86.

Tomar S, Swango P, Kleinman DV, Burt B. Periodontal attachment loss in HIV‑seropositive military personnel. J Periodontol, 1995:66:421‑28.

Kleinman DV, Swango PA, Pindborg JJ. Epidemiology of oral mucosal lesions in US School Children, 1986‑87. Community Dent Oral Epid 1994; 22:243-53.

Kleinman DV, Swango PA, Pindborg JJ, Gupta P. Toward assessing trends in oral mucosal lesions: Lessons learned from oral cancer. Adv Dent Res 1993;7: 32‑41.

Kleinman DV, Swango PA, Niessen LC. Epidemiologic studies of oral mucosal conditions: Methodologic issues. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 1991; 19:129‑40.

Additional Publications: http://tinyurl.com/DVK-Bibliography