Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, FGSA

Professor
Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, FGSA

Contact

Office Address

15-136 Moos Tower 515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Affiliations:
Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences

Titles

Director, Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program
Professor

Education

MS, University of Minnesota
Major: Dentistry, Geriatrics

DDS, Temple University
Major: Dentistry

BA, University of Pennsylvania
Major: Biology

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Biography

Bio

Dr. Steve Shuman received his dental degree from Temple University and completed his Fellowship and MS degree in Geriatric Dentistry from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1989 and is now Professor and Director of the school’s Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program and Dental Director for the Walker Methodist Dental Clinic at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis, where he teaches geriatrics, conduct research, and practices clinically. He also serves on the faculty and interprofessional coordinating council for the University’s HRSA-funded Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Expansion Program. Dr. Shuman served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry for 10 years and was President of that organization from 1998-99. He has been active with the Minnesota Dental Association and currently serves as Chair of its Barriers to Care Committee, as well as Chair of the Oral Health Workgroup for the Gerontological Society of America. His teaching and clinical programs have been recognized nationally as well as at the state and local levels, including the American Dental Association’s national Geriatric Oral Health Award and the 2016 Innovation Award from LeadingAge, the national association of over 6000 non-profits representing the entire field of aging services. He is only the 8th dental professional to be inducted as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of professionals working in the fields of aging research, education, policy and practice.

Research Summary

My early scholarly work and publications focused on the impact of the growing number of older adult consumers of dental care on dental practice economics and practice productivity. The economic analyses and perspectives employed in these studies continue to inform my work in care delivery models for older adults given the growing importance of cost-efficiency in health care. An additional area of research, scholarship and program development has been devoted to oral health in the long-term care environment, specifically including care delivery systems and ethical and legal issues. More recent research conducted at our community dental clinics has focused on clinical issues and treatment outcomes for geriatric conditions that complicate treatment planning and care delivery, such as dementia and end of life trajectories. Two recently funded projects by NIH and CDC in collaboration with ASTER Labs, Shoreview, MN are focused on the development of new technology to support disabled older adults and their caregivers in maintaining oral health and function.

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Faculty Fellow, Geriatrics, Fellowship
University of Minnesota, Area Geriatric Education center

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Dementia Friendly Dental Practices
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: METRO AREA AGENCY ON AGING
Award Dates: 2019 - 2021

Award: Automated Dental Care Device for Persons with Oral Hygie
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: ASTER LABS, INC
Award Dates: 2019 - 2022

Award: Miniature Passive Device for Locating Lost Dentures in C
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: ASTER LABS, INC
Award Dates: 2019 - 2022

Award: Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Principal Investigator: Pacala, James T
Sponsoring Organization: US Dept. of Health & Human Services HRSA
Award Dates: 2019 - 2024

Award: Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Principal Investigator: Pacala, James T
Sponsoring Organization: US Dept. of Health & Human Services HRSA
Award Dates: 2019 - 2024

Award: Automated Dental Care for Persons with Oral Hygiene Disa
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: ASTER LABS, INC
Award Dates: 2016 - 2017

Award: Miniature Passive Device for Locating Lost Dentures in C
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: ASTER LABS, INC
Award Dates: 2016 - 2018

Award: Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC)
Principal Investigator: Kane, Robert L
Sponsoring Organization: US Dept. of Health & Human Services HRSA
Award Dates: 2010 - 2015

Award: Walker Dental Training Grant
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: WALKER METHODIST HEALTH CENTER
Award Dates: 2009 - 2009

Award: MDH Nursing Home Oral Health Video Consulting Grant
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: MN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Award Dates: 2007 - 2008

Award: Walker Dental Training Grant
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: WALKER METHODIST HEALTH CENTER
Award Dates: 2006 - 2011

Award: Wilder Dental Program Training Grant
Principal Investigator: Shuman, Stephen K
Sponsoring Organization: AMHERST H. WILDER FOUNDATION
Award Dates: 2003 - 2010