NCCHC Board Member Nicholas Makrides Promoted to BOP Chief Dental Officer and Assistant U.S. Surgeon General

Posted Aug 25, 2014

National Commission board member RADM Nicholas S. Makrides, DMD, MPH, has been promoted to the position of chief dental officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, with a subsequent temporary promotion to the rank of assistant surgeon general. The promotions were made on August 7, 2014.

Dr. Makrides started his career in 1987 as a staff dental officer at Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna in Anthony, NM. He has been the chief dental officer at three prison facilities and a regional dentist for the BOP’s south central region. In 2001, he was selected as the chief dentist of the BOP, headquartered in Washington, DC.

As chief dentist, he integrated oral health into the Bureau’s medical clinical practice guidelines and established quality management metrics for the dental program. He supervised the development of the BOP’s electronic dental record and spearheaded the conversion of radiography to a digital format for all BOP dental clinics.

Dr. Makrides has been active in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, serving on many workgroups. Currently, he is a member of the oral health care committee, serves as an ex-officio member of the dental professional advisory committee and is the BOP’s representative to the surgeon general’s professional advisory committee. He has been a member of the NCCHC board of directors since 2007, serving as liaison to the American Dental Association.