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Dr. Ricks heads USPHS dental corps

September 20, 2018
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Dr. Ricks
Washington — The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General announced Sept. 10 that it has appointed Dr. Tim Ricks as chief dental officer of the U.S. Public Health Service.

As chief dental officer and assistant surgeon general, Rear Adm. Ricks leads the U.S. Public Health Service’s Dental Category, providing guidance and advice to the surgeon general on matters related to the Dental Category on recruitment, retention and career development of officers.

In a letter congratulating Rear Adm. Ricks on his appointment, ADA President Joseph P. Crowley and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin said the Association looks forward to continuing to work with the U.S. Public Health Service to “enhance the oral health of the country, especially in underserved communities.”

“As an integral part of the USPHS leadership team, you will offer guidance to the surgeon general on matters related to oral health and dentistry, especially the recruitment, retention and career development of the 600 Commissioned Corps and Civil Service dentists,” Drs. Crowley and O’Loughlin wrote. “Your many years of service to the USPHS and your expertise in public health dentistry make you an ideal candidate for this position.”

Rear Adm. Ricks, an ADA member, will also continue serving as deputy director of the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health, a position he has held since 2016. In this position, he oversees the creation and delivery of more than 250 continuing education courses for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, resulting in more than 35,000 continuing dental education hours each year.

For more information, visit the Dental Professional Advisory Committee webpage.