Santa Fe Group Awards Emeritus Status to Founding Member, Elects Three New Board Members and Appoints New Senior Scholar

Santa Fe Group Awards Emeritus Status to Founding Member, Elects Three New Board Members and Appoints New Senior Scholar

NEW YORK–May 14, 2020  — The Santa Fe Group (SFG), a not-for-profit, action-oriented think tank with a passion for improving lives through oral health, announced today the new emeritus status of one of its’ founding members, the election of three new board members, and the appointment of a new Senior Scholar, all esteemed healthcare leaders in their fields. They are: 

  • Emeritus Member: Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S., Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California (USC) and Founding Member of the Santa Fe Group
  • New Board Member: Kathryn A. Atchison, D.D.S., M.P.H.,  Professor of Public Health and Community Dentistry, University of California at Los Angeles 
  • New Board Member: Judith Haber, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing, New York University 
  • New Board Member: Ira B. Lamster, D.D.S., M.M.Sc., Dean Emeritus and Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine 
  • New Senior Scholar: Dianne Rekow, Professor and Executive Dean Emeritus of King’s College London Dental Institute; Former Professor of Orthodontics, Chair of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, and Senior Vice Provost of Engineering Technology at New York University

“We are thrilled to provide emeritus status to one of our founding members and warmly welcome our newest board members and new senior scholar to the Santa Fe Group,” said Santa Fe Group President Steven W. Kess. “They all bring decades of expertise, talent and energy   in key areas that are vital to our future impact as a change maker  for oral health, and thereby the overall health, of all Americans. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen our role in the oral health landscape and beyond.”

About the Santa Fe Group 

The Santa Fe Group is a 501(c) (3), action-oriented think tank with a passion to improve lives through oral health. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Santa Fe Group has been instrumental as a neutral convener, communicator, connector and catalyst to  move the needle on critical issues such as oral cancer, dental education reform, children’s oral health, improved primary care access, the importance of linking medical and dental health systems, and most recently, expanding oral healthcare for our nation’s seniors. To learn more, please visit: &  @SantaFeGroupOrg.

Media Contact: Victoria Rodriguez Minowitz, 516.532.3363,



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