Kalenderian, Elsbeth - Associate Professor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology

In October 2007 Dr. Kalenderian was appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In that role she was responsible for the overall management of the dental practices, bridging basic and translational research with clinical research in patient care delivery. In 2008 she was appointed Interim Chair for the Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology Department and became its Chair in 2011.

Dr. Kalenderian’s research is focused around patient safety and quality improvement. She is the PI in research focused on dental diagnostic terminology in the electronic health record, funded through an NIH R01 grant. She has developed novel techniques to determine adverse events in electronic health records through focused chart reviews. In 2010 she received an American Dental Association award for educational research, exploring the relationship between humanistic characteristics of our students and clinical skills.

Dr. Kalenderian is actively involved in teaching the first year students in the longitudinal Medical History taking course. Additionally she teaches the third year students several oral and maxillofacial surgery classes and is the Course Director for the 5 months long 3rd year dental students Oral Health Leadership Course, as well as the separate “the Dentist as Leader” course for the 1st year advanced graduate students.

Dr. Kalenderian has published numerous manuscripts related to the electronic health records, patient safety in dentistry and dental educational topics. She is the main architect of the EZcodes, a novel dental diagnostic terminology being used by many of the dental schools in America.

Dr. Kalenderian has extensive experience as a healthcare executive. An oral surgeon by training, Dr. Kalenderian started her healthcare management career after obtaining her Master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health as the Administrator for Children’s Hospital’s (Boston) long-term care facility. From there she moved to the Partner Healthcare System (Boston) in various senior management roles at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC). As Vice President for Case Management and Vice President for Patient Care Services she was intimately involved in quality improvement, provider credentialing, and the management of the clinical departments, operating suites and patient floors. In 2002, looking for a change from the hospital environment, she became the EVP of a human services organization in Cambridge, MA, which succeeded in its mission to providing long lasting solutions to victims of domestic violence through an effective partnership with an extensive group of volunteers.

In July 2004 Dr. Kalenderian became the Vice President for Quality Improvement Initiatives at the American Heart Association (AHA) in the Northeast affiliate (Framingham, MA). In this role she was responsible for the implementation of the “Get With The Guidelines” program, a hospital based, concurrent case management program focusing on standardizing secondary prevention care measures for all stroke and cardiovascular patients throughout the northeast region. In December 2005 she became the Sr. Vice President for Health Strategies for AHA’s Heritage affiliate in New York City. In this role she was responsible for the Quality Improvement, Communications & Marketing, Advocacy, Cause, State Health Alliances, and Cultural Health and Health Disparities Initiatives Departments covering NYC, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.


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