Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has approved the appointment of Rear Admiral Nicholas S. Makrides, D.M.D., M.A., M.P.H., to the position of Chief Dental Officer (CDO) of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) with a subsequent temporary promotion to the rank of Assistant Surgeon General.
Dr. Makrides started his career in 1987 as a Staff Dental Officer at Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna in Anthony, NM. Since his initial assignment, he has been the CDO at three prison facilities and a Regional Dentist for the South Central Region of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In 2001, Dr. Makrides was selected as the Chief Dentist of the BOP headquartered in Washington, D.C.
During his tenure with the BOP, he integrated an oral health message into the BOP’s Medical Clinical Practice Guidelines and established quality management metrics for the dental program. Dr. Makrides supervised development of the BOP’s electronic dental record and spearheaded the conversion of celluloid-based radiography to a digital format for all BOP dental clinics. He became a subject matter expert in correctional dentistry, having served as an advisor to various state correctional systems, and authored numerous publications addressing institutional dentistry.
Dr. Makrides has served on many workgroups in the USPHS Commissioned Corps, including the Assistant Secretary of Health’s Workgroup on Transformation. Currently, he is a member of the Oral Health Care Committee, serves as an ex-officio member of the Dental Professional Advisory Committee and is the BOP’s representative to the Surgeon General’s Professional Advisory Committee. In addition to his Corps activity, Dr. Makrides serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association and serves as their representative on the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.
Dr. Makrides has received numerous awards from the USPHS and was the recipient of the USPHS Dental Category Jack D. Robertson Award in 2007. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a D.M.D. from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He completed an M.A. in Health Care Management from Webster University and an M.P.H. in Community Health from the University of Texas Houston Health Sciences Center in El Paso, TX. In 1998 he completed specialty training in Dental Public Health at the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry/Dallas Veterans Administration.
Dr. Makrides succeeds William Bailey, D.D.S., M.P.H., who retired from the USPHS earlier this year. Dr. Bailey has joined the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine as the Endowed Chair in Prevention of Early Childhood Caries.
Bio courtesy of the United States Public Health Service.