Director, Clinical and Practice-Based Research Program
Acting Director, Center for Clinical Research
Acting Director, Clinical Trials Program
Democracy One, Room 628
6701 Democracy Blvd MSC 4878
Bethesda, MD 20892-4878
Dr. Dena Fischer is Director of the Clinical and Practice-Based Research Program in the Center for Clinical Research. She manages a broad clinical research portfolio, which focuses on patient-oriented and population-based studies aimed at improving dental, oral and craniofacial health. In addition, Dr. Fischer oversees the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, which supports infrastructure and study-specific funding to conduct oral health research in dental practices, on topics of importance to practitioners and their patients.
Prior to joining NIDCR, Dr. Fischer was a faculty member in the department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her dental degree at the University of Michigan and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Washington, where she earned a Master of Science in Dentistry in Oral Medicine and a Master of Science in Epidemiology. She is board-certified in Oral Medicine.