David Leader

David Leader

(617) 636-0930


  • Master of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, United States, 2013
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, United States, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, History of Art, Emory College of Emory University, United States, 1981
  • Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta, United States, 1979


Dr. David Leader is the director of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine DMD/MPH Dual Degree Program. He is an associate professor in the department of Comprehensive Care and he is the lead practice coordinator for the 2nd floor predoctoral clinic. He graduated from Emory University in 1981, with a degree in Art History. He is a member of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Class of 1985 and earned a Master of Public Health from the Tufts University School of Medicine in 2013. Dr Leader is a nationally recognized expert on scleroderma and oral health. He helped manage the writing of the Massachusetts Oral Health Guidelines for Pregnancy and Early Childhood (Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2016). Currently, he is a health policy fellow with the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; his research explores the possible expansion of the scope of dental practice. Dr. Leader is also the 2017 recipient of the Tufts University Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service.