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  • Clinical Professor, School of Dental Medicine
  • Member, MPH Program Advisory Committee
  • Director, Office of International Relations

Dr. Robert J. "Skip" Collins is Director, Office of International Relations at the School of Dental Medicine. From 1995-2006, he served as Deputy Executive Director of the International and American Associations for Dental Research, nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting oral health of the public through oral health research, and as Interim Executive Director for the Associations from June 2002 to April 2003.

From 1991-95, he served as Chief Dental Officer for the U.S. Public Health Service, appointed by former Surgeon General Antonia C. Novello to the PHS rank of Assistant Surgeon General. He retired from the PHS Commissioned Corps in July 1995.

Dr. Collins served in a variety of clinical and administrative assignments in New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana, Arizona, California, and Maryland with the Indian Health Service over his twenty-four year career with the Commissioned Corps and received numerous awards. He received an AB in biology from St. Anselm College in 1967; DMD in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in 1980.

Dr. Collins is a member of many professional organizations and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. His professional interests are in health services research and prevention; he recently (June 2012) served as guest editor for a Special Issue on Prevention of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice.

rcollins@dental.upenn.edu