University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Benjamin Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD

Benjamin Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Tobacco Control

Research Summary

The overarching goal of our team’s epidemiologic research program is to understand how various behaviors, biological attributes, and social circumstances influence health and disease distributions, often inequitably, across populations. Application of such knowledge aims to inform future public health practices, health policies, and clinical guidelines that elevate the health of patients and vulnerable communities, both locally and worldwide. We strive for these goals through several recent and ongoing projects, such as: (1) A cohort study of conventional and alterative smokeless tobacco use among adolescents in rural California, including psychosocial influences of behavior and resultant nicotine and carcinogen exposures; (2) Investigations of early-life experiences and infant feeding behaviors in relation to childhood oral health in California and Brazil; (3) Evaluating clinical adoption and the effectiveness of patient-tailored caries-preventive therapies for adult and pediatric dental patients.

Education

Williams College, Williamstown, BA, 06/2002, biology and chemistry
University of California San Francisco, DDS, 06/2008, dentistry
University of California Berkeley, MPH, 05/2009, epidemiology
University of California Berkeley, PhD, 05/2013, epidemiology


Professional Experience

  • 2002-2004
    Research Technician, MIT Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
  • 2004-2013
    Trainee, UCSF Integrated DDS-PhD Degree Program
  • 2008-2010
    Associate Dentist, Native American Health Center, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010-2013
    Graduate Student Instructor, University of California Berkley, School of Public Health
  • 2012-2012
    Lecturer, San José State University, Department of Health Science and Recreation
  • 2012-2013
    Graduate Student Researcher, University of California Berkley, College of Natural Sciences
  • 2013-2013
    Statistical Consultant, University of California Berkley, Social Sciences Data Lab
  • 2013-2014
    Assistant Researcher, UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health
  • 2014-present 
    Assistant Professor, UCSF Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health
  • 2014-present
    Director, Program in Global Oral Health, UCSF School of Dentistry

Honors & Awards

  • 2008
    American Association of Oral Biologists Oral Biology Award, UCSF
  • 2010
    Lloyd F. Richards Endowment Fund Public Health Dentistry Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2011
    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2012
    American Association for Dental Research Bloc Grant Travel Award
  • 2012
    International Association for Dental Research Nutrition Research Group Student Abstract Award
  • 2013
    American Association for Dental Research Bloc Grant Travel Award
  • 2014
    American Association for Dental Research Hatton Award Finalist, Post-doctoral Category
  • 2014
    UCSF John C. Greene Society School of Dentistry Mentor of the Year
  • 2015
    UCSF 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award (awarded to 150 living UCSF alumni)
  • 2016
    American Association for Dental Education Olav Alvares Award, outstanding article by junior

Selected Publications

  1. Perry CL, Creamer MR, Chaffee BW, Unger JB, Sutfin EL, Kong G, Shang C, Clendennen SL, Krishnan-Sarin S, Pentz MA. Research on Youth and Young Adult Tobacco Use, 2013-2018, From the Food and Drug Administration-National Institutes of Health Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science. Nicotine Tob Res. 2019 Apr 23.
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  2. Vora MV, Chaffee BW. Tobacco-use patterns and self-reported oral health outcomes: A cross-sectional assessment of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study, 2013-2014. J Am Dent Assoc. 2019 May; 150(5):332-344.e2.
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  3. Couch ET, Urata J, Chaffee BW. Tobacco Counseling in Dental Settings. Journal of the California Dental Association. 2019; 47(2):93-95.
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  4. Chaffee BW. Electronic Cigarettes: Trends, Health Effects and Advising Patients Amid Uncertainty. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2019 Feb; 47(2):85-92.
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  5. Chaffee BW, Couch ET, Urata J, Gansky SA, Essex G, Cheng J. Predictors of Smokeless Tobacco Susceptibility, Initiation, and Progression Over Time Among Adolescents in a Rural Cohort. Subst Use Misuse. 2019 Jan 29; 1-13.
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  6. Featherstone JDB, Crystal YO, Chaffee BW, Zhan L, Ramos-Gomez FJ. An Updated CAMBRA Caries Risk Assessment Tool for Ages 0 to 5 Years. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2019; 47(1):37-47.
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  7. Featherstone JDB, Alston P, Chaffee BW, Rechmann P. Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA): An Update for Use in Clinical Practice for Patients Aged 6 Through Adult. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2019; 47(1):25-34.
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  8. Rechmann P, Chaffee BW, Rechmann BMT, Featherstone JDB. Caries Management by Risk Assessment: Results from a Practice-Based Research Network Study. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2019 Jan; 47(1):15-24.
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  9. McKelvey K, Popova L, Kim M, Chaffee BW, Vijayaraghavan M, Ling P, Halpern-Felsher B. Heated tobacco products likely appeal to adolescents and young adults. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s41-s47.
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  10. Ryder MI, Couch ET, Chaffee BW. Personalized periodontal treatment for the tobacco- and alcohol-using patient. Periodontol 2000. 2018 10; 78(1):30-46.
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  11. Wang Y, Sung HY, Lightwood J, Chaffee BW, Yao T, Max W. Health Care Utilization and Expenditures Attributable to Smokeless Tobacco Use Among US Adults. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Sep 25; 20(11):1359-1368.
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  12. Feldens CA, Fortuna MJ, Kramer PF, Ardenghi TM, Vítolo MR, Chaffee BW. Family Health Strategy associated with increased dental visitation among preschool children in Brazil. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2018 Nov; 28(6):624-632.
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  13. McKelvey K, Popova L, Kim M, Lempert LK, Chaffee BW, Vijayaraghavan M, Ling P, Halpern-Felsher B. IQOS labelling will mislead consumers. Tob Control. 2018 11; 27(Suppl 1):s48-s54.
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  14. Watkins SL, Glantz SA, Chaffee BW. Noncigarette Tobacco Products-Gateway or Diversion?-Reply. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Aug 01; 172(8):784-785.
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  15. Chaffee BW, Cheng J. Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Perception Differences of Rural Male Youth. Tob Regul Sci. 2018 Jul; 4(4):73-90.
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  16. Chaffee BW, Cheng J. Tobacco product initiation is correlated with cross-product changes in tobacco harm perception and susceptibility: Longitudinal analysis of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health youth cohort. Prev Med. 2018 Sep; 114:72-78.
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  17. Crystal YO, Chaffee BW. Silver Diamine Fluoride is Effective in Arresting Caries Lesions in Primary Teeth. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2018 Jun; 18(2):178-180.
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  18. Chaffee BW, Watkins SL, Glantz SA. Electronic Cigarette Use and Progression From Experimentation to Established Smoking. Pediatrics. 2018 04; 141(4).
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  19. Watkins SL, Glantz SA, Chaffee BW. Association of Noncigarette Tobacco Product Use With Future Cigarette Smoking Among Youth in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, 2013-2015. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Feb 01; 172(2):181-187.
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  20. Rechmann P, Chaffee BW, Rechmann BMT, Featherstone JDB. Changes in Caries Risk in a Practice-Based Randomized Controlled Trial. Adv Dent Res. 2018 02; 29(1):15-23.
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