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Romesh Nalliah DDS, MHCM

Romesh P. Nalliah DDS, MHCM

Associate Dean for Patient Services and Clinical Professor of Dentistry, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Romesh P. Nalliah is the Associate Dean for Patient Services at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Prior to coming to Michigan in 2015, Dr. Nalliah was a faculty member at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. While at Harvard, Dr. Nalliah developed expertise in health services research, global health and leadership. Dr. Nalliah also completed a Fellowship in Medical Education (Harvard Medical School) and a Masters in Healthcare Management (Harvard School of Public Health). Dr. Nalliah is also a health services researcher with a focus on public health. He has published well over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals on public health topics and is a nationally recognized expert in oral health of vulnerable populations and opioid prescribing.

Dr. Nalliah’s career began in Australia (where he graduated from Adelaide University School of Dentistry in 2000) delivering care in a rural hospital which was the gateway to the Outback. This experience included using a mobile dental van to deliver care to rural-dwelling Aboriginal Australians. 


Dr. Nalliah has grant support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for research into opioid prescribing in dentistry. Dr. Nalliah receives funding from the American Dental Education Association to serve as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Dental Education.