William Maas

William Maas

Bill Maas, DDS, MPH, MS is an advisor for Pew's work on children’s dental policy. An experienced public health consultant and clinical professor at the University of Maryland dental school’s department of health promotion and policy, he provides professional expertise and guidance to the campaign’s effort to improve children’s dental health.

Maas advises the campaign on matters related to prevention strategies, dental practice, and state and federal health policy. He is an expert on the challenges of getting dental care to underserved communities and on the broader impacts of poor dental health.

In 2010, Maas retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where from 1998-2009 he was director of the Division of Oral Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. From 1997-2001, Maas served as the chief dental officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) as an assistant surgeon general. Throughout his 37-year PHS career, he identified the oral health data needs of public health agencies and developed and disseminated science-based, policy-relevant information needed by patients, clinicians, health plans, purchasers, and policy makers to inform their decisions. He is board certified in dental public health and is a past-president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. 

Maas’s dental degree is from the University of Michigan, and his MPH and MS in health policy and management were earned from Harvard University.