David Avenetti DDS, MSD, MPH
College of Dentistry
801 S. Paulina
  • David
  • Avenetti
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Post-Graduate Program Director

Biographic Summary

Dr. Avenetti entered full time academics after completing his residency program at the University of Washington. An academic career allows Dr. Avenetti to engage in teaching, research, advocacy, and service; he provides direct patient care in an extramural clinical practice one day per week.

Education & Career

  • University of Southern California, Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
  • University of California Los Angeles, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Omicron Kappa Upsilon
  • University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Advanced Program in Pediatric Dentistry
  • University of Washington, Master of Science in Dentistry
  • University of Washington, Master of Public Health (Health Services) and Certificate in Maternal and Child Health
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Clinical Activities and Specialties

Dr. Avenetti serves as the residency Program Director. His didactic responsibilities include coordination and/or instruction in Orthodontics & Growth and Development, Pulp Therapy, Advocacy & Leadership Development, and Journal Club. He also provides lectures in the pre-doctoral curriculum, select courses in the certificate and MS curricula, and Continuing Education classes within the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Avenetti’s clinical responsibilities include serving as an attending in the post-graduate clinic and in the operating room for general anesthesia cases. He facilitates the collaborative “Mixed Dentition Clinic” with the Department of Orthodontics.

Research Interests

His research interests include oral health literacy, outcomes of general anesthesia for oral rehabilitation, dental education, leadership and professional development in pediatric dentistry, and additional topics related to public health dentistry. Current projects include a study of caregivers of children treated under general anesthesia for dental care to gain a better understanding of barriers to dental care at the individual, family, community, and levels which lead children to require care under general anesthesia.