Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S., is presently Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California. In June 2014, he retired after 46 years on the full-time academic faculty. He served as Dean of the dental school (2000-2008). From 1995-2000, he served as Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) within the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. One of the major accomplishments of his tenure at NIDCR was the completion of the first Surgeon General’s Report to focus exclusively on craniofacial, oral and dental health; Oral Health in America was completed in May 2000, and doubling the annual budget. His interests include health care policy, craniofacial genetics and developmental biology, biomaterials, tissue engineering and regeneration, human and microbial genomics, and precision dentistry and medicine are reflected within 470 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 91 contributed chapters to various books in biomedical research. He also authored Craniofacial Developmental Biology, Birth of a Discipline: Craniofacial Biology, and a novel “Atlanta.” He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, Fellow in American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of a number of scientific and dental organizations. He is the recipient of 10 honorary degrees, including Georgetown University, University of Connecticut, University of Maryland, Mercy Detroit University, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, University of Paris, University of Montreal, McGill University, A.T. Stills University, and Peking University. He received The 2016 William J. Gies Award for Vision as a Dental Educator and the 2016 AADR Jack Hein Pubic Service Award for promoting oral health research activities to a wide constituency. Presently he serves as an elected Board Member for the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health —- focuses on issues of equity for comprehensive K-12 education and health care/wellness for students and their families. He is also one of the Co-Founders of the Santa Fe Group. He and his wife Lois live in Marina del Rey, California.