Frank A Catalanotto, D.M.D.

Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral ScienceDr. Frank Catalanotto

Office: Room 5180, 1329 SW 16th St.
Phone: 352-273-5970



Dr. Frank Catalanotto received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now Rutgers University in 1968. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in pediatric dentistry at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston in 1971. He completed a sabbatical year at Rockefeller University in New York studying in the taste physiology laboratory of Dr. Carl Pfaffmann in 1978-1979

Academic Appointment: Professor, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science


Biographical Sketch

Dr. Frank Catalanotto is currently a Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science at the UF College of Dentistry. He graduated from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1968 and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in pediatric dentistry at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston.  He has been on the faculty of five dental schools including UFCD where he served as Dean from 1995-2002.  While Dean, he initiated the UF Statewide Network for Community Health to provide increased community based educational opportunities for dental students and residents, while also significantly increasing access to oral health care for underserved patients.  He also served as Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry at UFCD from 2009-2015.

Dr. Catalanotto has been active in dental education, research and advocacy organizations for much of his career. He has been a member of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) National Affairs Committee, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Legislative Advisory Committee including several terms as chair, and founding chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee of Oral Health America (OHA), where he currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2017 thru December 31, 2019.  He served on the ADEA Administrative Board of the Council of Deans, the ADEA Board of Directors as vice-president for Deans and as President of ADEA from 2002-03.  He was vice chair of the Board of Directors of Sarrell Dental Centers, a major dental non-profit in Alabama. He has recently been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the ACORN Clinic, and as a member of the Alachua County Health Care Advisory Board. He is a member of the Alachua County Health Care Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Alachua County Safety Net Coalition.  Many of these organizations have a focus on improving access to care for all.  Dr. Catalanotto is a member of the North Florida Regional Council of Florida Healthcare Workforce Group and a member of the Medical Care Advisory Committee Dental Care for Children Subcommittee for the state of Florida.

Dr. Catalanotto is the co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous federal, state and foundation grants totaling almost $11,000,000 in external funding since returning to a faculty position at UFCD after stepping down as Dean in 2002.  His academic and professional interests include community based dental education, ethics/social responsibility, oral health disparities and racial equity, advocacy for health care reform and access to dental care.  In addition to the above topics, Dr. Catalanotto’ current advocacy efforts are focused on the new emerging oral workforce models.  He is a frequent lecturer and consultant on issues related to access to care with a focus on emerging oral health workforce models.  Dr. Catalanotto is happy to report that there is life after being a dental school dean.


Current Grants


  • Co-Investigator (10% Matching effort)- Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  $415,000 , 2016-
  • Program Director/Principal Investigator (20% Funded Effort), Faculty Development Supporting Academic Dental Institution Curriculum for the 21st Century/Faculty Development in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene , HRSA 2012-2017, Grant #D86HP24477, $2,500,000 Direct plus Indirect Costs
  • Program Director/Principal Investigator (25% funded effort), Enhancement of predoctoral dental education at UF to meet oral health needs of diverse populations/Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, HRSA Grant # D85HP20030 HRSA 2010-2015, $3,712,323 Direct plus Indirect Cost
  • Co-Investigator (10% effort), Increasing Access to Oral Health Care HRSA grant #D84HP19952, $1,284,837 Direct plus Indirect Costs, 2010-2015
  • Principal Investigator (10% effort), Southeast Center To Reduce Disparities in Oral Health, (Assumed Role upon Retirement of PI Dr. Henri Logan) U54DE019261, NIDCR, $615,823, No Cost Extension 2014-2015
  • Principal Investigator (10% effort), Evaluating Florida’s Oral Health Needs and Workforce Capacity State Oral Health Workforce grant, HRSA Grant #T12HP27541, 9/1/14- 8/31/17. $1,470,010
  • Co-Investigator (5% effort) , “Exploring Determinants to HPV-Related Oral Health Literacy Among Dental Providers” , NIH 1R21DE024272 grant to PI Ellen Daly, Subcontract from University of South Florida, 8/1/14- 7/30/16, $34,739


  • Co-Investigator (5% effort), External Quality Review-Medical Quality Auditing Service, PI- EA Shenkman, Subcontract from Florida Health Kids Corporation/Agency For Health Care Administration, $34,786 9/1/14- 12/31/15


Current Publications

Behar-Horenstein LS, Garvan CW, Catalanotto FA, Su Y, Feng X., Assessing Faculty Development Needs among Florida’s Allied Dental Faculty., J Dent Hyg. 2016 Feb;90(1):52-9. PMID:  26896517

Behar-Horenstein LS, Garvan CW, Su Y, Feng X, Catalanotto FA, Assessing Cultural Competence among Florida’s Allied Dental Faculty. J. Dent. Hygiene, 2016, 90(3), 192-96, 27340185

Tomar SL, Carden DL, Dodd VJ, Catalanotto FA, Herndon JB , Trends in dental-related use of hospital emergency departments in Florida. J Public Health Dent. 2016 Apr 22. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12158. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 27103213

Psoter, WJ, Nelson, EM, Psoter, KJ, Dearing, BA, Katz, RV and Catalanotto, FA, 2016, Delayed tooth emergence in children infected with HIV, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, Available online 29 June 2016,        doi:10.1016/j.oooo.2016.06.010

Nascimento, MM; Mugayar, L, Tomar, SL; Garvan,CW; Catalanotto, FA; Behar-Horenstein, LS, 2016 The Impact of an Infant Oral Health Program on Dental Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes,  Journal of Dental Education ■ Volume 80, Number 11

Herndon, JB, Aravamudhan, K, Stephenson, RL, Brandon, R, Ruff, J, Catalanotto, F, Le, H, Using a Stakeholder-Engaged Approach to Develop and Validate Electronic Clinical Quality Measures. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, DOI: ocw137 First published online: 7 October 2016

Starla Hairston Blanks1, Henrie M Treadwell, Frank Catalanotto, Rueben C Warren and Linda S Behar-Horenstein, 2016, Oral Health Provider Perceptions of Dental Therapists and Oral Health Equity in the Southeastern United States, Dent Health Curr Res 2016, 2:3 DOI: 10.4172/2470-0886.1000120

Herndon J.B., Crall J.J., Carden D.L., Catalanotto F.A., Tomar S.L., Aravamudhan K., Light J.K., Shenkman, E.A., Measuring Quality: Caries-Related Emergency Department Visits and Follow-Up among Children.  J Public Health Dent. 2017 Mar 2. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12206. [Epub ahead of print]

Behar-Horenstein, L; Warren, RC.; Dodd, VJ; Catalanotto, FA, “ADDRESSING ORAL DISPARITIES VIA EDUCATIONAL FOCI ON CULTURAL COMPETENCE”. American  Journal of Public Health, accepted for publication, February 2017

Catalanotto, FA, Why is Dental Therapy Good for Patients and Dentists? Letter to the Editor, Today’s FDA, 29:2, March_April  20-23

Starla Hairston Blanks1, Henrie M Treadwell, Frank Catalanotto, Rueben C Warren and Linda S Behar-Horenstein Dental Practitioners’ Perceptions of Underserved and Un-served Patients’ Barriers to Oral Health Care, Dental Health: Current Research (accepted for publication)

Thompson, E.L., Daley, E.M., Vamos, C.A., Horowitz, A.M., Catalanotto, F.A., DeBate, R.D., Merrell, L.M., Griner, S., Vázquez-Otero, C., & Kline, N.S. HPV-related oral cancer prevention: Health literacy approaches to improving communication between dental hygienists and patients. Journal of Dental Hygiene. (Accepted).

Kline, N., C. Vamos, E. Thompson, F. Catalanotto, J. Petrila, R. Debate, S. Griner, C. Vázquez-Otero, L. Merrell, E. Daley. Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Are dental providers the next line of HPV-related prevention? Providers’ perceived role and needs. Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. ((Under Review))

*For a complete list of publications, please refer to Dr. Catalanotto’s Curriculum Vitae.



Recent Presentations/Invited Talks

Why Dental Therapists are good for patients and dentists?-  University of Texas Dental School ASDA Symposium, August, 2016 Houston, TX

Why Dental Therapists are good for patients and dentists? University of Florida College of Dentistry, Faculty Development Seminar, September, 2016, Gainesville, FL

Why Dental Therapists are good for patients and dentists? Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Public Health Journal Club, October 11, 2016, Boston , MA

Why Dental Therapists are good for patients and dentists? Florida Academy of General Dentistry, Board of Directors meeting, October 22, 2016

Ethical issues in dealing with racial and ethnic oral health disparities. Kellogg National Convening, November 2-4, 2016 Vancouver , Oregon

“Dental Therapists: What Mid-level Providers Could Mean for Your Practice”. PEW Webinar for Michigan, January 10, 2017

“Solutions to address access to care that takes into consideration current data and  the profession’s ethical obligation of social justice and need to contribute to the common good. In ADEA Annual Meeting Symposium Revisiting Professional Promises 2006 – Ethics of Access to Care, March, 2017, Long Beach California.

Management of Early Childhood Caries for Medical Personnel.   North Florida Hospital Family Physician Residency Program, March, 2017. Gainesville, Fl. “Oral Health Care for the Family Physician”, Family Medicine Spring Forum April, 2017  Walt Disney World Swan Resort, Orlando, FL

Disorders of Taste and Smell for the Family Physician, Family Medicine Summer Forum, July 21, 2017, Breakers Hotel, Florida



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