Odette Aguirre, DDS, MS, MPH, FACD
Immediate Past President
Odette Aguirre, DDS, MS, MPH, FACD, is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Comprehensive Care at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD), and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University. She got her dental degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, where she grew up. After graduation, she completed a General Practice Residency at Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, NY, where she also obtained an MS from the University of Rochester. She obtained a Bioethics Certificate from Indiana University Department of Philosophy and an MPH from the Fairbanks School of Public Health. Currently, she is Director of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) program, the “Behavioral Sciences, Ethics and Professionalism” curriculum, and co-leads ethics rounds and a clinical ethics consultation service for IUSD dental students. She is also the director of the of IUSD’s International Service-Learning Program Guatemala. She is past-President of the American Society for Dental Ethics, and has been Associate Producer for a number of ethical dilemma videos in a collaboration between IUSD and the American College of Dentists (ACD). Her current research interests involve assessing ethical sensitivity, reasoning and action during OSCEs; ethical-behavioral challenges in tele-dentistry; exploring beliefs, barriers and facilitators influencing Latino patients’ engagement in oral health behaviors; and addressing ethical challenges in dental volunteering programs.