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David Avenetti, DDS, MSD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor, Post-Graduate Program Director

Pediatric Dentistry



College of Dentistry 801 S. Paulina, IL 60612

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As a full-time faculty member, Dr. Avenetti is actively involved in clinical and didactic teaching, administration, research, and service; he provides direct patient care in an extramural practice one day per week. Dr. Avenetti is actively involved in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, where is also a national spokesperson.

Clinical activities & specialties

Dr. Avenetti serves as the residency Program Director. His didactic responsibilities include coordination and/or instruction in Orthodontics & Growth and Development, Pulp Therapy and Dental Materials, Advocacy, and Journal Club/Post-Graduate Seminars. He also provides lectures in the pre-doctoral curriculum, select courses in the certificate and MS curricula, and Continuing Education courses.

Dr. Avenetti’s clinical responsibilities include serving as an attending in the post-graduate clinic and at the UI Hospital. In the hospital setting, Dr Avenetti supervises residents for general anesthesia cases, consults, and call. He facilitates the collaborative “Mixed Dentition Clinic” with the Department of Orthodontics.


  • 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
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Fellow

Research Currently in Progress

Dr. Avenetti’s research and grant activities are supported by NIDCR, HRSA, and institutional funding. Current funded research activities include:

Oral health promotion and reducing oral health disparities (NIDCR)
Leadership and professional development in pediatric dentistry (HRSA)
Outcomes of general anesthesia for oral rehabilitation

Additional interests include: access to care and oral health services, social determinants of oral health, interprofessional and dental education, and application of business principles in the dental setting, among others.