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Science Advisory Board

The foundation is grateful to all these individuals who donate their expertise and time, without compensation, as members of our science advisory board. This group of individuals ensures that the foundation's science based direction is appropriate when considering both public health issues and information which we disseminate in the patient and treatment arena. Their oversight monitors our content and sees that it is scientifically accurate and contemporaneous. They also are consulted when the foundation issues its research grants.

If you are interested in assisting the foundation as a science advisor, or as a member of our general advisory board, (this advisory group is formed from non-doctors) please contact Executive Director Brian Hill.


Michael C. Alfano, DMD, Ph.D

  • Executive Vice President, New York University
  • Former Dean, New York University, College of Dentistry

William B. Armstrong, M.D.

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology
  • Vice Chair Department Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Chosen, Best Doctors in America 2007 (Physician based survey)

John Beumer III, DDS, M.S.

  • Chair and Professor
  • Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, Biomaterials and Hospital Dentistry
  • The Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology
  • UCLA School of Dentistry

David L. Callender, MD, MBA, FACS

  • President, The University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Former Vice Chancellor, UCLA Hospital System
  • Former Chief of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mark D. DeLacure, MD, FACS

  • Chief, Division of Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology
  • Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • New York University School of Medicine / NYU Clinical Cancer Center

Joel Epstein DMD, MSD, FRCD(C), FDS RCS(Edin)

  • Diplomat, American Board of Oral Medicine
  • Consulting Staff, Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
  • City of Hope Cancer Center

Carole Fakhry MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Department of Epidemiology,
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins Cancer Center

Maura L. Gillison, MD, PhD

  • Jeg Coughlin Chair of Oral Cancer Research
  • Professor of Internal Medicine & Epidemiology
  • College of Medicine
  • The Ohio State University

Jimmie C. Holland, MD

  • Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Alice Horowitz

  • Research Associate Professor
  • School of Public Health, University of Maryland
  • Formerly Senior Scientist, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
  • National Institutes of Health

Dennis H. Kraus MD

  • Director, The Center for Head & Neck Oncology,
  • Co-Director, The Center for Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery
  • New York Head & Neck Institute
  • Former Director, Speech and Hearing Center
  • Associate Attending Surgeon of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Aimée R. Kreimer, PhD

  • Investigator, Infections & Immunoepidemiology Branch
  • Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
  • National Institutes of Health, The National Cancer Institute

A. Ross Kerr DMD

  • Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • Diplomat, American Board of Oral Medicine
  • Chair, Oral Cancer Task Force
  • Vice President, American Academy of Oral Medicine

Mark W. Lingen DDS, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Pathology
  • Member, Committee on Cancer Biology, Committee on Molecular Medicine
  • Researcher, Tumor Angiogenesis, Tumor Suppressor Gene Biology, and Molecular Diagnostics
  • The University of Chicago, Medicine

Robert A. Ord M.D., DDS

  • Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • School of Dentistry, University of Maryland

Nelson Rhodus DMD, MPH

  • President and Diplomat, American Academy of Oral Medicine
  • Professor and Director, Division of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers
  • President, American Association of University Professors / University of Minnesota

James J. Sciubba, DMD, PhD

  • Professor, (Ret.)
  • The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • The Milton J. Dance Head & Neck Center

Crispian Scully MD

  • President International Academy of Oral Oncology
  • CBE, PhD, MDS, MRCS, BSc, FDSRCS, FDSRCPS, FFDRCSI, FDSRCSE, FRCPath, FMedSci, FHEA, FUCL, DSc, DChD, DMed(HC), Dr h.c.
  • Director of Special Projects UCL-EDI; Professor of Special Care Dentistry
  • Chair of Division of Maxillofacial Diagnostic, Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of London, Eastman Institute

David Sidransky, M.D.

  • Director, Head and Neck Cancer Research
  • Professor, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck
  • Surgery, Oncology, Pathology, Urology, & Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Division of Head and Neck Cancer Research
  • Dept. of Otolaryngology / Johns Hopkins University

Sol Silverman Jr. DDS

  • American Dental Association Liason on Oral Cancer
  • Professor of Oral Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco

Harold Slavkin DDS

  • Research Professor, University of Southern California
  • Former Dean, School of Dentistry, University of Southern California
  • Former Director, The National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research
  • National Institutes of Health

Randal S. Weber, M.D., F.A.C.S.

  • Department Chair, Department of Head and Neck Surgery,
  • Division of Surgery,
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

David Wong DMD, DMSc

  • Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Chair, Division of Oral Medicine & Biology
  • Director, Dental Research Institute
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • Member, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center / Molecular Biology Institute