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Natalia Chalmers, DDS, MHSc, PhD

Chief Dental Officer, Office of the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Dr. Chalmers is a board-certified pediatric dentist, oral health policy expert, and public health advocate who brings more than 20 years of clinical, research, industry, and regulatory experience to CMS as Chief Dental Officer in the Office of the Administrator.

Dr. Chalmers has devoted her career to transforming scientific and healthcare data and information into actionable insights to address equity, improve care, and inform policy and funding better. Dr. Chalmers completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of Sofia, a residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and a Ph.D. in oral microbiology from the Graduate Partnerships Program of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the NIDCR/NIH. She completed Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Forsyth Institute and Clinical Research Fellowship at the NIDCR/NIH. In addition, Dr. Chalmers holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Research from Duke Medical University and a Certificate in Drug Development and Regulatory Science from the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Her research has translated into action, improving oral care and advocating for the role health policy can play across the lifespan.