Dental Corps

An Account of 9/11 by a First-Responder

by CAPT (ret.) William Durm, DC, USN Editor’s note. This testimonial was commissioned in 2011 for the Dental Corps Centennial Book. It was a routine Tuesday at the Pentagon.  I was the Commander of the Tri-service Dental Clinic on September 11th, 2001 and had my usual morning staff meeting and I was getting started with patient care when my assistant …

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A Navy Dentist’s Reflections on 9/11

by CAPT (ret.) Gerald Santulli, Dental Corps, USN Editor’s note. This testimonial was commissioned in 2011 for the Dental Corps Centennial Book 9/11 was a day I will never forget. I distinctly remember just finishing up a patient treatment that morning when I heard over the clinic public address system that all providers report to the medical front desk immediately. …

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Historical Notes from Navy Dentistry’s First Year

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED On August 22, 1912, President William Taft signed into law an act creating a formal corps of uniformed dentists in the U.S. Navy.  This date did not mark the beginning of dental care in the Navy, but rather the formal establishment of a professional community of trained uniformed dentists. Some form of dental care had …

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Comfort Deployment 2019: A Dentist Provides Help From Sea to Shore

By:  LT John F. Davies, DC, USN LT Davies is a General Dentist at Naval Health Clinic New England in Newport, RI U.S. Navy Lt. John Davies, a dentist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), performs a dental exam on a woman at a temporary medical treatment site in Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 30, 2019. Comfort is working …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Celebrating 106 years of the Dental Corps

On behalf of Navy Medicine, I wish to extend my sincerest congratulations to the men and women of our Navy Dental Corps as you celebrate your 106th anniversary. The Dental Corps has served with steadfast devotion to duty since August 22, 1912 when President Howard Taft signed into law an act passed by the 62nd Congress establishing the Navy Dental …

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