Dr Christopher Gordon Halliday

Dean of Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health
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SDL-8 (2014)

Christopher G. Halliday, D.D.S., M.P.H., is the Inaugural Dean of the Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, in Kirksville, Missouri.  As Inaugural Dean, he oversees the planning and development, and will ensure the efficient start-up and administration, of the clinical academic, fiscal, faculty, and student services operations of A.T. Still University’s new and innovative Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health.  Dr. Halliday has been tasked to promote and ensure that a professional, enriching, and collegial relationship exists between the School of Dentistry and Oral Health’s faculty, students, and staff with the broader A.T. Still University administration as well as with those communities served.  In addition, Dr. Halliday will build a fiscally sound and innovative dental school that will maintain the highest standards and quality as set forth by A.T. Still University.

Dr. Halliday began his career in dentistry with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, in 1988.  His initial assignment was in the IHS Alaska Area as a staff dentist, and later as the Chief, of the North Slope Borough Dental Program in Point Barrow, Alaska.  In 1991, he accepted the position of Chief of the Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-hle Health Center dental program, a satellite clinic located in the eastern region of the Navajo Indian Reservation.  In 1993 he transferred to Fort Wingate, NM when he was selected to be an Oral Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Officer for the Navajo Area IHS. 

In 1995 he accepted the additional responsibilities of acting as the Navajo Area Dental Recruiter, working out of the Navajo Area Office, in Window Rock, Arizona.  In 1998 he accepted a position with the Health Resources and Services Administration, and in 1999, he was selected as the Assistant Headquarters Dental Consultant at the Indian Health Service Headquarters, in Rockville, MD.  He was named Acting Director of the IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH) in 2000, and became the Director of the IHS DOH in 2006.  Also in 2006, RADM Halliday was named Chief Professional Officer of the Dental Category of the USPHS, and was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (RADM), and received the title of Assistant Surgeon General.  In 2010, RADM Halliday was selected to be the Chief of Staff to the United States Surgeon General.  In the position of Chief of Staff, he was responsible for the direction and management of the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG), including Science and Communications, Readiness and Deployment, Commissioned Corps Operations, and Reserve Affairs.  RADM Halliday planned, implemented and evaluated management operations of the OSG to ensure that program objectives were met, and he provided advice and recommendations on Commissioned Corps policy and operations to the Surgeon General, the Deputy Surgeon General and the Assistant Secretary for Health.  In addition, RADM Halliday represented the Surgeon General and Deputy Surgeon General at regional, national, and international health and professional meetings and collaborated and communicated on matters regarding Office of the Surgeon General activities with federal agencies and offices within and outside the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Halliday received a Baccalaureate Degree in the combined studies of Biology, Psychology and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983, a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1987 and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Dentistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2002.