Dr. Frank Catalanotto, Co-PI

Published: October 15th, 2012

Category: Featured Article, Recent News

Dr. Frank A. Catalanotto

Professor and Chair, Department of Community Dentistry

and Behavioral Science

University of Florida College of Dentistry


Dr. Frank Catalanotto is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.  He graduated from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1968 and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in pediatric dentistry at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  He has been on the faculty of five dental schools including the University of Florida where he served as Dean from 1995-2002.  While Dean, he initiated the University of Florida Statewide Network for Community Health to provide increased community based educational opportunities for dental students and residents, while also significantly increasing access to oral health care for the indigent and otherwise underserved.

Dr. Catalanotto has been active in dental education, research and advocacy organizations for much of his career.  He has been a member of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR)  National Affairs Committee, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)  Legislative Advisory Committee including several terms as chair, and founding chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee of Oral Health America (OHA), where he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.  He served on the ADEA Administrative Board of the Council of Deans, the ADEA Board of Directors as vice-president for Deans and as President of ADEA.  He was a consultant for basic sciences curriculum to the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association from 1989 – 1997 and completed an additional five year term as a consultant to the Commission, serving as chair for accreditation site visit teams and as a member of the Predoctoral Review Committee of the Commission.  He was a member and vice-chair of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry of the United States Department of Health’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and chaired the ADEA President’s Commission on Improving Access to Oral Health for All Americans: Roles and Responsibilities of Academic Dental Institutions.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of The Compendium’s Editorial Board and also on the editorial board for Inside Dentistry.  He is currently the Chair of the Leadership Council of Oral Health Florida and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Oral Health America.

Dr. Catalanotto is the co-author of more than 70 scientific publications and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous federal and other research grants totaling almost $9,500,000 in funding since returning to a faculty position, after stepping down from the dean’s office in 2002.  His research interests continue to be clinical aspects of taste and smell function and oral health services while his dental education interests include community based dental education, ethics/social responsibility, advocacy for health care reform and access to dental care.  He currently has funding from NIH for taste and smell research, from several organizations for a project to train physicians to perform oral health/early childhood caries preventive procedures, and most recently, significant funding from HRSA to expand and enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral dental education at the University of Florida.  He is happy to report that there is life after being a dental school dean.


  • National Service

    2014-2016 Chair, OHA Board of Directors
    2012-2014 Vice Chair, OHA Board of Directors
    2012-14 Chair, Leadership Council, Oral Health Florida
    2008- Member, Executive Committee, OHA Board of Directors
    2008- Member, ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee
    2005- Member, International Dental Ethics and Law Society (IDEALS)
    2005- Member, American Society of Dental Ethics (ASDE)



Editorial Board, Compendium
Editorial Board, Access
Editorial Board, Inside Dentistry

  • Grant support indirectly related to HRSA GRants

Program Director/Principal Investigator (20% Funded Effort), Faculty Development Supporting Academic Dental Institution Curriculum for the 21st Century/Faculty Development in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene , HRSA 2012-2017, Grant #D86HP24477, $2,500,000 Direct plus Indirect Costs

Program Director/Principal Investigator (25% funded effort), Enhancement of predoctoral dental education at UF to meet oral health needs of diverse populations/Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, HRSA Grant # D85HP20030 HRSA 2010-2015, $3,712,323 Direct plus Indirect Cost

Co-Investigator (10% effort), Increasing Access to Oral Health Care HRSA grant #D84HP19952, $1,284,837 Direct plus Indirect Costs, 2010-2015

Co-Investigator (2% effort), Testing Pediatric Oral Health Performance Measures: ER use and General Anesthesia for Caries Related Reasons (Sub-award from Jill Herndon, Med/ICHEP), American Dental Association Foundation, $8,450, 3/14 – 9/14,

Co-Investigator (2% effort), Testing EMeasures in Pediatric Dentistry (Sub-Award from Jill Herndon, MED/ICHEP, American Dental Association Foundation, $17,570, 11/13- 7/14

Co-Investigator (2% effort), Reimbursing Medical Providers for Early Childhood Caries Prevention Services (Subaward from Jill Herdon,MED/ICHEP), RO3DE021701, NIDCR, $55.904. 2013-2014

Principal Investigator (10% effort), Southeast Center TO Reduce Disparities in Oral Health, (Assumed Role upon Retirement of PI Dr. Henri Logan) U54DE019261, NIDCR, $615,823, No Cost Extension 2014-2015