Elisa Chavez

Chavez, Elisa

Director, Pacific Center for Equity in Oral Healthcare
San Francisco
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Elisa M. Chávez, DDS is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco's School of Dentistry and earned her certificate in Geriatric Dentistry from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has practiced in private practice, community health, long-term care and hospital settings, including Centro de Salud Familiar, La Fe in El Paso, Texas, The University of Michigan Hospital and Cancer and Geriatric Center in Ann Arbor, The Ann Arbor Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Clinics, and Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco where she directed the Pacific Dental Program for 11 years. Dr. Chávez developed and directs an extramural student rotation at On Lok Lifeways, a Program for All-Inclusive Care for Elders (PACE) in San Francisco and she is the course director for Integrated Clinical Sciences II as well as the Chair of the Strategic Planning and Oversight Committee at Dugoni. As a recent fellow and scholar with The Santa Fe Group, she is an advocate for the oral health needs of seniors nationwide.

Research Focus

Book Chapters

Lederman B., Chávez EM Hyde S. “Oral Health and Disease” in Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Geriatrics, 3rd Edition. Walter L., Chang A., Eds. by McGraw-Hill Education. 2020

Chávez EM, Chávez EM, Calvo JM, Jones JA, “Dental Homes for Older Americans” in Oral Health in America: Removing the Stain of Disparity. Treadwell HM, Evans CA Eds. APHA Press, Washington, DC. March 2019

An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part B: It’s Time to Include Oral Health in Health Care.White paper presented by Oral Health America, in Oral Health in America: Removing the Stain of Disparity. Treadwell HM, Evans CA Eds. APHA Press, Washington, DC. March 2019

Chávez, EM, Jacobsen PJ. “Pharmacology and Aging” in Textbook of Geriatric Dentistry,Third Edition.  Holm-Pedersen P., Ship JA, Eds. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2015

Chávez, EM, “Medical Complexities” in Geriatric Dentistry: Caring for Our Aging Population. Ed: Friedman P. Wiley-Blackwell 2015


Bhaskara S, Christ A, Bárzaga C, Prindiville K, Chávez EM. A Dental Benefit in Medicare: Examining the Need in California, J Cal Dent Assoc. CDA Journal, 2019;47(4 ):265-271 https://www.cda.org/Portals/0/journal/journal_042019.pdf

Hendre AD, Taylor GW., Chávez EM, Hyde S., Silver Diamine Fluoride: A Systematic Review: Effectiveness and Application in Older Adults. Gerodontology 2017; 34(4):411-419 PMID: 28812312 DOI: 10.1111/ger.12294

Chavez EM, Hendre A., Clinical Care for an Aging Population. Compendium 2017; 38(10):595-605 PMID: 28972384.

Chávez EM, Calvo JM, Jones JA., Dental Homes for Older Americans: A Santa Fe Group Call for Removal of the Dental Exclusion in Medicare (Op.Ed.). American Journal of Public Health 2017; 107(S1), pp. S41–S43 PMID: 28661819 PMCID: PMC5497893 DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303864

Chávez EM, Jones JA., The Santa Fe Group Strategy: How Medicare Can Integrate Health and Oral Care for Older Americans. Generations 2016; 40(3):94-99 

Calvo JM., Chávez EM, Jones JA., Financial Roadblocks to Oral Health for Older Adults. Generations 2016; 40(3):85-89

Chávez EM, Lederman B., On Lok PACE: Where Oral Healthcare Is an Integral Part of Healthcare. Generations 2016; 40(3):104-1075.

Chávez EM, Hendre A, Caring for Older Adults with Complex Needs: Drafting an Interdisciplinary Team, Journal of The California Dental Association 2015. 43(10):597 PMID: 26798913

Subar PE, Chávez EM, Miles J., et al. Pre and Post-Doctoral Education compared with Practice Patterns in Special Care Dentistry. J Dent Educ 2012; 76(12):1623-1628 PMID: 23225681

Chávez EM, Subar PE, Miles J, et al. Perception of pre-doctoral education and practice patterns in special care dentistry. J Dent Educ 2011; 75(6);726-32 https://doi.org/10.1002/j.0022-0337.2011.75.6.tb05099.x