Delta Dental Names John Yamamoto, DDS, MPH, Vice President of Professional Services
February 23, 2010
San Francisco — Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and their affiliates today announced the promotion of John Yamamoto, DDS, MPH, to vice president of Professional Services.
Dr. Yamamoto, who joined Delta Dental in 2008 as dental director, will oversee quality assessment, claims review and utilization, as well as ensure compliance with state regulatory requirements. He also will lead the company’s research area.
His background includes seven years in private practice and a six-year affiliation with the UCLA School of Dentistry, where he worked as both an adjunct assistant professor and as the director of the Venice Dental Clinic. While at UCLA, Dr. Yamamoto focused much of his time on providing and teaching community-oriented dental care, serving Southern California’s lower-income families and developing programs to increase access to dental care for the underserved. He also served for five years as a dental consultant to the California Department of Managed Health Care.
Dr. Yamamoto holds a doctor of dental surgery degree from UCSF, a master’s degree in public health from UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from UC Irvine. He also holds a dental public health residency certificate from UCSF.
Delta Dental of California, Pennsylvania and its affiliated companies within the holding company system, along with Delta Dental of New York, are all part of the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), based in Oak Brook, Ill. DDPA consists of 39 Delta Dental member companies licensed in all 50 states. The association collectively covers about 54 million of the 176 million people nationwide with private dental insurance, making it by far the largest national system of dental plans.