Ira Lamster

Ira Lamster

Ira Lamster

Health Policy and Management
Dean, College of Dental Medicine


722 West 168th Street, Room 938
New York NY 10032


Dr. Lamster served as Dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine from 2001 to 2012, and Senior Vice President of Columbia University Medical Center from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Lamster is currently Dean Emeritus, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Lamster's research efforts have focused on diagnostic testing and risk assessment for periodontal disease, the interrelationship of periodontal disease and systemic disease, the oral health care needs of older adults and the future of dental education and practice. Dr. Lamster is the author of more than 190 manuscripts and book chapters. He is the editor of "Improving Oral Health for the Elderly", published by Springer in February 2008, and has edited two volumes of Dental Clinics of North America (January 2011, Contemporary Concepts in the Diagnosis of Oral Dental Disease; October 2012, Primary Health Care in the Dental Office). He is the editor of Diabetes and Oral Health: An Interprofessional Approach to be published by Wiley Blackwell in 2014.


MMSc, 1980, Harvard University
DDS, 1977, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Editorial Boards

International Dental Journal
Journal of Periodontology

Other Affiliations

Member, Colgate Partners (international advisory board)
Member, Board of Directors, Eastman Dental Center Foundation
Member, Johnson & Johnson North American Oral Care Advisory Board

Select Urban Health Activities

Member, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Oral Health Task Force
Member, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, Oral Health Leadership Team

Select Publications

Lamster, I.B. "Diabetes and oral health - current concepts regarding periodontal disease and dental caries." US. Endocrinology. 8(2):93, 2012.
Lalla, E. and Lamster, I.B. "Assessment and management of patients with diabetes mellitus in the dental office." Dent Clin North Am. 56(4):819, 2012
Yoon, A.J., Cheng, B., Philipone, E., Turner, R., Lamster, I.B. "Inflammatory biomarkers in saliva: assessing the strength of association of diabetes mellitus and periodontal status with the oral inflammatory burden." J Clin Periodontol. 39: 434, 2012.
Marshall, S.E., Cheng, B., Northridge, M.E., Kunzel, C., Huang, C., Lamster, I.B. "Integrating oral and general health screening at senior centers for minority elders. Am J Public Health." 103 (6): 1022, 2013.
Metcalf, S.S., Northridge, M.E., Widener, M.J., Chakraborty, B., Marshall, S.E., Lamster, I.B. "Modeling social dimensions of oral health among older adults in urban environments." Health Educ Behav. 40 (1): 63S, 2013.
Lalla, E., Cheng, B., Kunzel, C., Burkett, S., Lamster, I.B. "Dental findings and identification of undiagnosed hyperglycemia." J Dent Res. 92 (10): 888, 2013.
Chapple, I.L., Genco, R and working group 2 of the joint EFP/AAP workshop. "Diabetes and periodontal diseases: consensus report of the Joint EFP/AAP Workshop on Periodontitis and Systemic Diseases." J Periodontol. 84 (4 Suppl):S106, 2013; J Clin Periodontol. 40 (Suppl 14): S106, 2013.
Lamster, I.B., Bruno M and Touger-Decker, R. Diabetes mellitus: Nutrition and Oral Health Relationships, Nutrition and Oral Medicine, 2nd edition. Springer Publications, 2014.

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