Peter Damiano

Title & Affiliation
Program Director and Distinguished Research Fellow Health Policy Research Program
Bernstein Professor Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry


  • Certificate, Public Health Service/AHCPR Primary Care Policy Fellowship, 1993
  • MPH, University of California-Los Angeles, 1990
  • Certificate, Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar Program, 1990
  • DDS, University of Iowa, 1986

Peter Damiano is a health services researcher studying access to and quality of primary care services, including dental care. He is conducting funded studies in the areas of health care reform, health insurance coverage, health disparities and health care for underserved populations. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and research monographs and has been principal investigator on more than 75 funded research studies. Through the Public Policy Center he regularly shares research findings with policymakers and the public through talks and symposia to help them understand the nuances of challenging policy issues. He continues to be clinically active, providing dental services to patients in the College of Dentistry's Faculty Group Practice.

Research Interests

  • Access to primary care (dental and medical)
  • Dental health services research
  • Maternal and child health issues
  • Medicaid, SCHIP and Medicare programs
  • Quality of care and performance measurement/assessment of health plans