Hugh Silk, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Hugh Silk serves as the Co-Principal Investigator (and Site PI). Dr. Silk is a family physician in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His longstanding advocacy for integrating oral health into family medicine practice led to his work on From The First Tooth, responsible for the promotion of oral health into medical education curriculum and primary care practice. He serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Smiles for Life, where he has assisted in the creation and implementation of oral health curriculum for inter-professional healthcare providers. He also sits on numerous state and national oral health advocacy committees including the American Dental Association’s Public Health Advisory Committee for the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. He co-chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Oral Health (which he also founded). He has extensive research experience on the integration of oral health and medical education, oral health care across the lifespan, and oral health curriculum development.