Maine’s Dr. Jonathan Shenkin promoted at Boston University

(Boston) – Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine promoted Dr. Jonathan Shenkin from clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor in the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Health Policy & Health Services Research effective September 1, 2013.  Dr. Shenkin has been a part-time faculty member at Boston University since 2003.

Dr. Shenkin maintains private practices in pediatric dentistry in Augusta, and Waterville, Maine, and is well-known as a spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA) for pediatric dentistry topics. He regularly comments on public policy issues related to tobacco, unhealthy beverages, and a broad range of dental topics.

Dr. Shenkin’s early policy efforts centered on reducing the availability of soda in public schools. He was appointed to the Maine Legislature’s Commission to Study Public Health, and served as the chair of the subcommittee on Children, Nutrition and Schools. This role led to an invitation by the Institute of Medicine to serve on an expert panel on school nutrition.

Later policy efforts focused on banning smoking in cars with children, leading to the successful effort to ban smoking in cars in Bangor, Maine, the first city in the nation to do so. He later led the successful effort on the state level in Maine.

His current interests are in clinical decision making by pediatric and general dentists. He continues his long term interest in reducing the dental disease risk among young children.

Dr. Shenkin currently serves as chair of the ADA’s Council on Communications for 2012-13. He is a past president of the Maine Dental Association, and a longtime consultant on nutrition and community issues to the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

He earned a DDS from Columbia University in New York. He also received an MPH and Certificate in Health Care Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He completed a dental public health residency at the National Institutes of Health.


Founded in 1963, the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the School offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.