Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and their affiliates have named John Yamamoto, as the new dental director of professional services.

Mr Yamamoto comes to Delta Dental after 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.

In his new position, he will oversee quality assessment, claims review and quality-related dental consultants, as well as ensure compliance with state regulatory requirements and advise on dental policy issues in Delta Dental’s 15-state area plus the District of Columbia. He also will lead the company’s research area.

For five years, Dr Yamamoto served as a dental consultant to the California Department of Managed Health Care. He 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. Dr Yamamoto also holds a dental public health residency certificate from UCLA and UCSF.

Marilynn Belek, executive vice president and chief dental officer for Delta Dental, said: We are fortunate to have Dr Yamamoto join our organization. His breadth of knowledge, leading-edge research and many years of hands-on experience mesh perfectly with everything Delta Dental represents.