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Dr. Bailey named PHS dental chief

Dr. Bailey named PHS dental chief
Dr. William Bailey

Atlanta, Ga.—Dr. William Bailey, a career commissioned officer who leads community water fluoridation activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was named chief dental officer for the U.S. Public Health Service effective May 24, 2010.

The four-year appointment as USPHS chief professional officer for the dental category was announced by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D. Dr. Bailey replaces Dr. Christopher G. Halliday whose term as PHS dental chief expired but who continues as director of the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health.

Dr. Bailey will remain as a dental officer within CDC's Division of Oral Health while serving as PHS chief dental officer. A U.S. Public Health Service commissioned officer for 28 years, he began his career at a Colorado community health center delivering clinical dental care mainly to underserved Hispanics and Vietnamese refugees, the CDC Office of Commissioned Corps Personnel said in a separate announcement.

He has served as the chief dental officer at a medium security prison in upstate New York, helped manage a large sealant and clinical treatment program on Guam and spent 13 years with the Indian Health Service on the Great Plains, serving as area dental officer for the Aberdeen Area and lead health care analyst in charge of the office on medical care evaluation.

Dr. Bailey's CDC responsibilities include supporting community-based public health activities aimed at preventing disease and related to community water fluoridation and sealants and building the infrastructure and capacity of state oral health programs, the CDC commissioned corps said. Dr. Bailey received the USPHS Jack D. Robertson award in 2009.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Public Health Association, Commissioned Officers Association, Association of Military Officers of the United States and American Association of Public Health Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.