Sawsan Salih, BDS, MPH

Sawsan Salih, BDS, MPH

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Harvard School of Dental Medicine
188 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-3574

Sawsan Salih, BDS, MPH

Dr. Salih is an instructor in the departments of Global & Community Health and Oral Health Policy & Epidemiology.

Dr. Salih began her full time position at HSDM immediately after completing a dental public health residency in May 2013.  She received the James M. Dunning Award for excellence in health care research from HSDM in 2013. Before joining HSDM, Dr. Salih received an MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University while working as a Patient Care Coordinator/ Advocate at Georgetown University Hospital (GUH). During her five years with GUH she facilitated cultural diversity seminars for Georgetown Medical School students as part of the general medicine rotation. This experience exposed her to the U.S. medical system from the inside, and gave her a clear perspective on and an understanding of the U.S. health care system.

Dr. Salih is originally from Sudan, received her BDS from Manipal Academy of High Education in India, and practiced dentistry in Saudi Arabia before moving to the U.S. This background shaped her deep interest in public health. Dr. Salih’s most rewarding experience was working as a public health dentist in the School Health Program with the Royal Commission of Jubail in Saudi Arabia, where the dental clinic was part of a public health clinic. Dr. Salih feels this was a perfect example of integrating oral health care into general health care – proving that this type of integration can positively affect any health care system.