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Dr. Kumar named California dental director

June 10, 2015

Dr. Kumar

Sacramento – The California Dental Association commended Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment of Dr. Jayanth Kumar as the state’s dental director, calling it “a major achievement for the state’s oral health program and access to care planning goals.”

According to the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Kumar will direct and manage the CDPH oral health program and, in collaboration with the Department of Health Care Services, provide leadership in developing and implementing innovative strategies and policies to reduce oral health disparities in California, the CDA said.

Dr. Kumar has more than 25 years of experience with the New York State Bureau of Dental Health, where he served as director of oral health surveillance and research and as director of the New York State Dental Public Health Residency.