United States of America
James Crall received his dental degree, master’s degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (Board Certified). He was selected to be a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Health Services Research Scholar at Harvard from 1984-86, and subsequently obtained master’s and doctoral degrees in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1997, Dr. Crall was appointed as the first Dental Scholar-in-Residence at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He has served on several national panels including the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Quality Improvement Task Force; the Pew Health Professions Commission Dental Advisory Panel; the Milbank-Reforming States Group (RSG) Pediatric Oral Health Work Group; the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Pediatric Oral Health Expert Panel (Chair); the National Governors Association Oral Health Policy Academy Programs, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Advisory Committee for Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Crall was a member of the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine from 1986-2000, and held appointments as head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Associate Dean for Program Evaluation and Planning, and Director of the Department of Dentistry at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. From 2000-2003 he served as Director of Columbia University’s Oral Health Disparities and Policy Center and Director of the HRSA/MCHB National Oral Health Policy Center. In 2004 Dr. Crall joined the UCLA School of Dentistry as Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, while continuing to direct the National Oral Health Policy Center. He has been the AAPD’s Child Advocate since 1995, served as chair of the AAPD’s Council on Government Affairs from 1999-2003, and continues to serves as an ex-officio member of this council. Dr. Crall was honored as “Pediatric Dentist of the Year” by the AAPD in 2005.