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Board Members



Cecile A. Feldman has served as Dean of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) since February 2001. The school was formally known as the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Dental School.   Previously she served as acting, then interim dean of the school from early 1999 to 2001. 

A 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Feldman went on to earn a certificate in advanced general dentistry from the same school in 1985 and an MBA in Health Care Administration from The Wharton School.

She came to the New Jersey Dental School as a clinical assistant professor in 1988, and since then served as a professor in the departments of General Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry and Community Health.  In 1990, Dr. Feldman became Director of Information Services and Quality Assurance, then Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment, and in 1998, Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Feldman’s accomplishments during that period included: the design of the e-curriculum, a network that provided students with instant access to information, expanding the school’s educational offerings;  revamping of the clinical management information system; increasing research and clinical revenues; strengthening ties to surrounding communities; and increasing  the school’s involvement in oral health advocacy and education.   Dr. Feldman oversaw the design and construction of an 80,000-square-foot addition to the school’s facilities and has successfully led the school through three successful accreditation site visits.

Dr. Feldman has been principal investigator or co-investigator on many grants; primary and co-author of more than 100 articles, abstracts and book chapters; and has served as a reviewer and board member of the   Journal of Dental Education, as well as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of Dental Research.   Her areas of expertise include quality assurance, outcomes assessment, health informatics, health services research and health professions education.  She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Dental Care Systems at the University of Pennsylvania, has served as a Leadership Institute faculty member for the American Dental Education Association and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard David Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Feldman has served as a commissioner for the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority and the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  She has also served as an advisory council member for the National Institute of Health Council of Councils and National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council. 

During the last several years, Dr. Feldman has earned presidential service awards from the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association and American Association of Dental Education.  In 2013, she completed her term as chair of the Council of Deans.  Her service on non-profit boards includes the American Dental Association Foundation, New Jersey Special Olympics, New Jersey Health Foundation, Foundation of University of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center Foundation.  Between 2005 and 2010, Dr. Feldman co-chaired the American Dental Association’s “Our Legacy, Our Future” campaign. 

Dr. Feldman is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and Academy of General Dentistry. 

She was appointed to the University Hospital Board of Directors on July 1, 2013, for a term that will expire in 2018.