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.