Cristin Kearns, DDS, MBA

Title(s)Associate Professor, Preventive & Restor Dent Sci
SchoolSchool of Dentistry
Address95 Kirkham Street, #129
San Francisco CA 94122
Phone415-476-3896
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    University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Fellowship09/2017Health Policy
    University of Colorado, DenverMBA2006Health Administration
    University of Colorado, DenverGeneral Practice Residency1999Dentistry
    University of North Carolina, Chapel HillDDS1998Dentistry

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    Dr. Kearns is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.
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    Overcoming Barriers to Implementing Policies to Reduce Sugar Consumption for Dental Caries Prevention
    NIH K08DE028947Jul 6, 2020 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Third-party Compliance With State-Mandated Orthodontic Coverage for Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Care in California: An Insurance Claim Thematic Analysis. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2023 06; 60(6):780-783. Azizollahi R, Hubacek L, Oberoi S, Kearns C. PMID: 35354333; PMCID: PMC10170562.
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    2. Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealthinamerica . 2021. National Institutes of Health, Kearns CE (Contributing Author). View Publication.
    3. Work site access to fluoridated tap water and retail beverages: An assessment of the University of California, San Francisco campuses. J Am Dent Assoc. 2022 Mar; 153(3):201-207. Kalair N, Mousli LM, Jacobs LM, Schmidt L, Kearns C. PMID: 34949441; PMCID: PMC8882123.
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    4. The global oral health workforce - Authors' reply. Lancet. 2021 12 18; 398(10318):2245-2246. Benzian H, Guarnizo-Herreño C, Kearns C, Muriithi MW, Watt RG. PMID: 34922667.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. The WHO global strategy for oral health: an opportunity for bold action. Lancet. 2021 07 17; 398(10296):192-194. Benzian H, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Kearns C, Muriithi MW, Watt RG. PMID: 34174182.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. California Dentists' Engagement in Media Advocacy for Sugar Restriction Policies. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2022 04; 7(2):205-214. Kearns CE, Urata J, Chaffee BW. PMID: 33783268; PMCID: PMC8928413.
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    7. Neoliberalism and Indigenous oral health inequalities: a global perspective. Community Dent Health. 2021 Feb 25; 38(1):44-47. Jamieson L, Kearns C, Ankeny R, Hedges J, Thomson WM. PMID: 33507648.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Beverage Advertisement Receptivity Associated With Sugary Drink Intake and Harm Perceptions Among California Adolescents. Am J Health Promot. 2021 05; 35(4):525-532. Chaffee BW, Werts M, White JS, Couch ET, Urata J, Cheng J, Kearns C. PMID: 33111530; PMCID: PMC8079559.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Transnational corporations, obesity and planetary health. Lancet Planet Health. 2020 07; 4(7):e266-e267. Schmidt L, Mialon M, Kearns C, Crosbie E. PMID: 32681894.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. The Lancet Oral Health Series: Implications for Oral and Dental Research. J Dent Res. 2020 01; 99(1):8-10. Watt RG, Daly B, Allison P, Macpherson LMD, Venturelli R, Listl S, Weyant RJ, Mathur MR, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Celeste RK, Peres MA, Kearns C, Benzian H. PMID: 31859586.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. In defense of sugar: a critical analysis of rhetorical strategies used in The Sugar Association's award-winning 1976 public relations campaign. BMC Public Health. 2019 Aug 22; 19(1):1150. Kearns CE, Glantz SA, Apollonio DE. PMID: 31438900; PMCID: PMC6704551.
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    12. Oral diseases: a global public health challenge. Lancet. 2019 Jul 20; 394(10194):249-260. Peres MA, Macpherson LMD, Weyant RJ, Daly B, Venturelli R, Mathur MR, Listl S, Celeste RK, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Kearns C, Benzian H, Allison P, Watt RG. PMID: 31327369.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 779     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    13. Ending the neglect of global oral health: time for radical action. Lancet. 2019 Jul 20; 394(10194):261-272. Watt RG, Daly B, Allison P, Macpherson LMD, Venturelli R, Listl S, Weyant RJ, Mathur MR, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Celeste RK, Peres MA, Kearns C, Benzian H. PMID: 31327370.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 194     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    14. Conflicts of interest between the sugary food and beverage industry and dental research organisations: time for reform. Lancet. 2019 07 20; 394(10194):194-196. Kearns CE, Bero LA. PMID: 31327353.
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    15. Transnational corporations and oral health: examples from the sugar industry. Community Dent Health. 2019 May 30; 36(2):157-162. Kearns CE, Watt RG. PMID: 31046204.
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    16. The sugar industry's influence on policy. Science. 2018 05 04; 360(6388):501. Kearns C, Schmidt L, Apollonio D, Glantz S. PMID: 29724946; PMCID: PMC7289079.
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    17. Soda intake and tobacco use among young adult bar patrons: A cross-sectional study in seven cities. Prev Med Rep. 2018 Jun; 10:195-199. Kearns CE, Lisha NE, Ling PM. PMID: 29868367; PMCID: PMC5984229.
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    18. Sugar industry sponsorship of germ-free rodent studies linking sucrose to hyperlipidemia and cancer: An historical analysis of internal documents. PLoS Biol. 2017 Nov; 15(11):e2003460. Kearns CE, Apollonio D, Glantz SA. PMID: 29161267; PMCID: PMC5697802.
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    19. Guidelines to Limit Added Sugar Intake. Ann Intern Med. 2017 08 01; 167(3):220. Kearns C, Schillinger D. PMID: 28761955.
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    20. Do Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Cause Obesity and Diabetes? Ann Intern Med. 2017 07 04; 167(1):72-73. Schillinger D, Kearns C. PMID: 28672382.
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    21. Guidelines to Limit Added Sugar Intake: Junk Science or Junk Food? Ann Intern Med. 2017 02 21; 166(4):305-306. Schillinger D, Kearns C. PMID: 27992900.
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    22. Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 11 01; 176(11):1680-1685. Kearns CE, Schmidt LA, Glantz SA. PMID: 27617709; PMCID: PMC5099084.
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    23. Do Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Cause Obesity and Diabetes? Industry and the Manufacture of Scientific Controversy. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Dec 20; 165(12):895-897. Schillinger D, Tran J, Mangurian C, Kearns C. PMID: 27802504; PMCID: PMC7883900.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Sugar in the Spotlight. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2016 10 13; 44(10):611-12. Kearns CE. PMID: 29035471.
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    25. Relationship between Research Outcomes and Risk of Bias, Study Sponsorship, and Author Financial Conflicts of Interest in Reviews of the Effects of Artificially Sweetened Beverages on Weight Outcomes: A Systematic Review of Reviews. PLoS One. 2016; 11(9):e0162198. Mandrioli D, Kearns CE, Bero LA. PMID: 27606602; PMCID: PMC5015869.
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    26. Sugar industry influence on the scientific agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research's 1971 National Caries Program: a historical analysis of internal documents. PLoS Med. 2015 Mar; 12(3):e1001798. Kearns CE, Glantz SA, Schmidt LA. PMID: 25756179; PMCID: PMC4355299.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 31     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    27. Sweet little lies: Inside an industry's campaign to frost its image, hold regulators at bay, and keep scientists from asking: does sugar kill?. Mother Jones. 2012; (Nov/Dec). Couzens CK, Taubes G. View Publication.
    28. How a former dentist drilled the sugar industry. Mother Jones-online. 2012. Couzens CK. View Publication.
    29. Why Mike Bloomberg's soda ban could actually work. The Daily Beast. 2012. Couzens CK, Taubes G. View Publication.
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