Dr. Pierre Cartier has practiced dental medicine in the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area since 2005. After graduating from the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry, he served in the US Air Force Dental Corps and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Joint Base Bolling-Andrews in 2006. During 2014, he earned a Master in Public Health degree in Epidemiology from The George Washington University, followed by a Health Policy certificate in 2015. He has held various professional roles, including a staff appointment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, positions in private practice, and an appointment as director of the District of Columbia Department of Health’s Oral Health Program. He currently leads the dental medicine department of a safety net medical clinic in Arlington, Virginia. Additionally, Dr. Cartier is actively involved in a mobile dentistry practice that provides general dental services to long-term care facility residents.
Dr. Cartier has considerable experience in developing and applying quality assessment programs in dental medicine. While serving as the District of Columbia Department of Health's Oral Health Program director, Dr. Cartier led a partnership with the Department of Health Care Finance to assess the linkage of School-Based Preventive Oral Health Program participants to comprehensive oral healthcare (Patient-Centered Dental Homes). Additionally, he led an effort to establish an epidemiologic surveillance system to monitor oral health conditions and contributory factors at the District level. Further, he was instrumental in acquiring a Health Resources and Services Administration grant to expand his program and support a partnership with the Saint Elizabeths Hospital Dental Department; this partnership allowed the Dental Department to increase the number of post-graduate general dentistry residents and establish an oral health examination site in the District's addiction treatment center. At present, Dr. Cartier is developing a quality assessment and oral health epidemiology system for the dental medicine program he leads.
Dr. Cartier serves as a practicum and culminating experience mentor for students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Additionally, he is a presenter for the Department's seminar series. Dr. Cartier's core academic interest areas include oral health epidemiology, evidence-based healthcare and public health practice, healthcare quality assessment, program evaluation, oral health policy, and inter-professional practice.