Jerry Brown, DMD, CDE

Health Learning Facilitator, Department of General Internal Medicine, University of South Florida (USF), Tampa

Dr. Brown graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and practiced clinical dentistry in Massachusetts and Florida. Recognizing the special oral and medical health considerations of his dental patients who had diabetes, he focused on how to provide the best care for this segment of his patient population. After retiring from clinical practice, he received 2,000 hours of intense training to become the first—and only—dentist in the country to achieve board certification as a diabetes educator. He practices in that capacity in USF’s Department of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Brown created a curriculum for group diabetes sessions at the university and has had articles published in several endocrine journals. He serves on the Advocacy Committee of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and has also served on the ADA’s Community Leadership Board. He is a consultant for the Polk County School Board in Florida and travels across the United States delivering presentations on diabetes and oral health. Recently, he was chosen to represent the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) as part of its Diabetes Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of dentists, physicians, and diabetes educators engaged in tackling the public health crisis of diabetes as part of an integrated team of health care professionals.