Janet H. Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD
Vice President of Interprofessional Education, Institutional Effectiveness, and the Health Education Center, a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Metabolism,
and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555
Dr. Southerland is Vice President of Interprofessional Education, Institutional Effectiveness, and the Health Education Center, a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Metabolism, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her DDS in 1989, Dr. Southerland completed a two-year General Practice Residency Program where she spent a third year as a fellow and completed a MPH with a focus on Health Policy and Administration, and completed a PhD in Oral Biology, all at UNC. Previously she served as Dean of the Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry, Chief Academic Officer for the school, and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Prior to her time at Meharry, Dr. Southerland served as the Chair of the Department of Hospital Dentistry, Chief of the Oral Medicine Service, and Director of the Hospital Dental Clinic at UNC School of Dentistry and UNC Hospitals.
Dr. Southerland is actively involved in research that focuses on the relationship between oral disease and systemic health and patient–centered outcomes. Specifically, her studies have focused on the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease, early detection and interventions for oral cancer, and management of oral complications associated with HIV disease and the impact of improved oral health on HIV health outcomes. Additionally, she has studied health disparities related to xerostomia in individuals suffering with diabetes, intimate partner violence/elder abuse, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and periodontal disease as well as the use of salivary proteomics in evaluating overall health and well-being. Dr. Southerland is currently working to create an educational environment that focuses on Interprofessional Education and team-based learning leveraging technology to provide increased opportunities for knowledge and skill development.
Dr. Southerland holds memberships in a number of professional organizations such as the National Dental Association, the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, the American/International Association Dental Research (AADR/IADR) and membership in the American and International Colleges of Dentists. Dr. Southerland holds leadership positions that include IPE Core Curriculum Task Force, member of Council of Deans, National Advisory Committee Member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Chair UNC Light on the Hill Scholarship Board, UTMB BIRCWH Award Advisory Committee, CTSA Internal Advisory Committee, UTMB President's Cabinet Awards Committee, President-elect Texas Ninth District Dental Society, and the IPEC Competency Framework to Transform Health Professions Education Committee.