Hitesh Kapadia, DDS, PhD
Hitesh Kapadia is a public member of CEPH’s Board of Councilors and as such, is charged with representing the public at large and may not be a public health professional or affiliated with an institution that offers public health training. He has been in his current position at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Craniofacial Center as a Craniofacial Orthodontist since 2010. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team that cares for children with craniofacial conditions.
Dr. Kapadia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and entered dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1996. Upon completion in 2000, he began a dual training program involving clinical residency training in orthodontics and a PhD program with emphases in human and molecular genetics and genes and development. In 2006, he joined the faculty at Baylor College of Dentistry in the Department of Biomedical Sciences where he was active in didactic education for dental students and residents as well as basic science research. During this time, he also became interested in care for children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies. Fueled by this, he pursued fellowship training in craniofacial orthodontics at New York University Medical Center in the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He was then recruited to Seattle Children’s Hospital and has been in the position since joining the Craniofacial Center since 2010.
In addition to direct patient care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, he is active in the clinical education of residents and fellows in multiple disciplines. He is also engaged in research, including an NIH-funded clinical trial with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He started a fellowship training program in craniofacial orthodontics in 2014, with the first fellow finishing the program in 2016.
Dr. Kapadia is active in multiple professional organizations, including the American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA), International Society of Craniofacial Surgery (ISCFS) and American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Within the ACPA, he served on the Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) from 2013-2016. CAT is a semi-autonomous body to approve teams according to peer reviewed and approved standards.
Dr. Kapadia was appointed to the Council on the Education for Public Health in 2016. This term extends to the end of 2017, after which he becomes eligible to serve a full three-year term.