Steven K. Patterson, BSc, DDS, MPH - Dentistry

Dr. Steven Patterson reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Patterson is on the faculty of medicine and dentistry at the University of Alberta and is codirector of the Tobacco Cessation Clinic at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. He serves as director of the Dental Public Health Centre and is the Regional Dental Officer of Health at several regional health authorities in Canada.

Dr. Patterson is actively involved in the Department of Dentistry, where he serves on several committees. He also is actively involved in the Canadian Dental Association and is a member of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Dental Directors Working Group and President of the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry.

Dr. Patterson is an accomplished speaker who presents papers at local, national, and international conferences. He also has provided public education through TV and radio on topics such as tobacco cessation and careers in dentistry.

Dr. Patterson’s present research activities include the effect of fluoride varnish/sealant applications in native communities, delivery of distance health services via telehealth technology, tobacco cessation activities in dental practice, ethics education for health professionals, provision of dental services, and education of dentists on preventive services.

Board Certifications

Canadian Dental Association

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Basic Dental Care
Tooth Decay
Abscessed Tooth
Gum Disease
Wisdom Tooth Problems
Mouth and Dental Injuries
Toothache and Gum Problems
Canker Sores


DDS: Dental Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 1986
MPH: Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1992–1996
Certificate: Addictions Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 1998–2001

Academic Appointments

Director, Continuing Dental Education, University of Alberta, Department of Dentistry, Edmonton, AB, 1988–2001
Course Coordinator and Lecturer: University of Alberta, Department of Dentistry, Edmonton, AB, 1995–present

Hospital Affiliations

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Public Health Dentistry
American Dental Education Association
Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry
Canadian Dental Association
Canadian Public Health Association
Central Alberta Dental Society
LDS Academy of Dentists
Professional Ethics in Dentistry Network (PEDNET)
Provincial Health Ethics Network (PHEN)

Selected Publications

  1. Patterson S, Botchway C (1998). Dental screening using telehealth technology: A pilot study. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, 64(11): 806–810.
  2. Patterson S, Thompson G (1990). Priorities for continuing education. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, 56(12): 1077–1080.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

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