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Kleinman Named Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Dushanka V. Kleinman, NIDCR deputy director and assistant surgeon general, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, has been named the 15th Chief Dental Officer, USPHS. She is the first woman to hold the position since its establishment in 1923. In this capacity, she will coordinate PHS dental programs for the Office of the Surgeon General and advise the surgeon general on issues related to dental practice and personnel in the PHS. A rear admiral in the corps, she will serve as Chief Dental Officer in conjunction with her position at NIDCR. Kleinman was named NIDCR deputy director in 1991. Since that time she has assumed the role of NIDCR acting director twice during transitions between directors. Most recently, she spearheaded the development of the first-ever Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health. Kleinman is known for her work on the epidemiology of oral mucosal tissue diseases and disorders, especially tobacco-related lesions and oral manifestations of HIV.

Hayunga Joins NIAAA Office

Dr. Eugene G. Hayunga recently joined the Office of Scientific Affairs, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as chief of the Extramural Project Review Branch, where he will be responsible for overseeing the scientific review and technical evaluation of research grants and contracts for the institute. Formerly, he held a variety of review, program and policy responsibilities at NIH, and conducted laboratory research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Naval Medical Research Institute. As a congressional fellow, he worked on Medicare reform in the office of a United States senator. His military experience included active duty in Vietnam and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during the Gulf War.


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