The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellows 2005-2008 | Swann

Brian Swann, DDS, MPH

Chief of Oral Health, Cambridge Health Alliance; Assistant Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA


For over thirty years, Dr. Swann served the communities of San Jose and Menlo Park, California practicing general family dentistry.  Prior to that, he was Director of the Charles Drew Dental Center in East Palo Alto, a low-income community-based dental clinic.  During that tenure, he pioneered a vocational, motivational, and preventive dental/medical program in the Ravenswood City School District.  Internationally, Dr. Swann is currently working in Uganda and Congo, by sending dental supplies to those regions.  He is also engaged in an ongoing project of bringing educational supplies to a small town in Jamaica for their basic and elementary schools.  In the past, he has been engaged in multiple projects in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, designing tours that bring dentists, teachers, engineers, and investors to local neighborhoods and villages in need of supplies and medical services.  Dr. Swann is the International Committee Chair, National Dental Association, a Delegate to the National Dental Association, Alternate Councilor for the American Association for Dental Research, and a Volunteer Faculty at the University of California School of Dentistry, San Francisco.  Previously, he worked with the National Dental Association and the American Dental Association to organize the first international meeting with the Ethiopian Dental Association, and collaborated with New York University to bring dental chairs to the newly created dental schools in Addis Ababa and Jima University.  

Dr. Swann received his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1975, and his M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2008, where he was awarded he Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award.  He also received a certificate in 2009 from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology.


"University of Rwanda graduates first class of dentists"
Brian Swann, DDS, MPH (The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellow 2008) was one of the early volunteers who served six months in Rwanda.
The Harvard Gazette | December 7, 2018


"Brian Swann, a clinical instructor in oral health policy and epidemiology at HSDM and public health dentist at the HSDM-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance, was awarded the 2012 National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award in the category of Administration / Service."
Harvard Dental Bulletin | Summer 2012