Dr. Feldman is taking a brief sabbatical to take on a grant at NYU
Lauren Feldman, DMD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU Dentistry, has received a five-year, nearly $1M Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry Clinical Educator Career Development Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award will enable Dr. Feldman to develop a formal curriculum that will refine interprofessional education at NYU Dentistry, in collaboration with NYU College of Nursing, NYU School of Medicine, NYU Steinhardt Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and with numerous outreach sites.
The aim of the curriculum is to produce dental students committed to serving vulnerable populations utilizing patient-centered care and to advance the integration of oral health and primary care through interprofessional education. Topics covering respectful communication, an understanding of team dynamics in the promotion of population health, cultural competency, improving care for vulnerable populations, and innovative approaches to reducing barriers to access to care will be included in the curriculum.
"No single healthcare profession can tackle the health disparities faced by the nation," says Dr. Feldman. "The collaborative work of healthcare providers can help close the health disparities gap," she adds.
Career development for Dr. Feldman will include completion of a Master's in Public Health degree with a concentration in Public Health Policy.
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Feldman completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Barnard College, at the time not realizing how useful her degree would be in the field of pediatrics. She went on to complete her doctoral training at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her post-doctoral training in the specialty of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Her residency included management of complex dental trauma cases and a very medically diverse and anxious patient population.
Dr. Feldman enjoys spending time with her patients and establishing trusting relationships. She finds that this is a crucial element to a successful visit. She is passionate about ensuring that coming to the dentist is a positive experience for each patient and for establishing good oral health practices from an early age. She focuses on prevention and conservative approaches to dental treatment.
Dr. Feldman is a professor at NYU Dentistry, serving as the associate director to the pre-doctoral program in the department of pediatric dentistry. She loves sharing her passion for pediatrics with the dental students she teaches.
Outside the Office
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Feldman is passionate about traveling, salsa dancing, scuba diving, the arts, and enjoying nature.