Robert Collins, DMD, MPH
Clinical Professor, Penn Dental/Comm Oral Hlth
Public Health Interests
Current Public-Health Related Activities
From 2006 to the present, Dr. Robert J. “Skip” Collins has been a faculty member in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, serving as Director, Division of Community Oral Health from 2006-2013. From 1995-2006, Dr. Robert J. “Skip” Collins was 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 its application to clinical and public health practice. He also served 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 (equivalent to the U. S. Navy rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half) on September 1, 1991. He retired from the PHS Commissioned Corps in July, 1995. During his PHS career, Dr. Collins served in a variety of clinical and administrative assignments in New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana, Arizona, California, and Maryland over his twenty-four year in the Commissioned Corps and received numerous awards. From 1985 to 1995 he served as Chief of the Indian Health Service dental program. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Anselm College in 1967: his dental degree in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in 1980. Dr. Collins is a member of several professional organizations: a former member of the Board of Directors of the Commissioned Officers Association and a founding Director and Past-President of the USPHS Commissioned Officers Association Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health; a Past-President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry; and Past-President of the Public Health Section of the Federation Dentaire Internationale. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and a Past President of the examining board of the American Board of Dental Public Health.