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Donald Chi 2Donald Chi 2Donald L. Chi, DDS, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health Sciences

University of Washington
Box 357475
Seattle, WA 98195

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Dr. Donald Chi is a native of Washington State and grew up in Kitsap County. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2006, completed residencies in pediatric dentistry and dental public health, and received a PhD in oral health services research at the University of Iowa in 2009. He received national accolades for his dissertation work, which focused on the role of chronic condition status and severity on access to dental care for Iowa Medicaid-enrolled children.

Dr. Chi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington and an Investigator at the Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities. He is the recipient of a NIDCR/NIH K08 Career Development Award that will support research on further understanding disparities in access to dental care for publicly-insured children, the sociobehavioral determinants of children’s dental care use, outcomes associated with dental utilization, and conceptual model building on health behavior.

Dr. Chi also has research interests in the determinants of dental care transitions for adolescents with chronic conditions, neighborhood-level health effects, and preventive health care decision making. As a board certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Chi treats young patients in clinic one day a week in Poulsbo, Washington.

As an IPE Teaching Scholar, Dr Chi hopes to improve his teaching skills, as well as mentor his colleagues in the methods of educational excellence. He also hopes to learn and develop internet-based teaching technologies and modify and adapt them to the small group, case-based environment. He also hopes to master various teaching strategies, such as small group and clinical situations to improve learning outcomes as well as explore ways of developing more powerful learning experiences for our students.