Rear Admiral Nicholas S. Makrides

Rear Admiral Nicholas S. Makrides, D.M.D., M.A., M.P.H.
Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service

On August 7, 2014, Secretary Sylvia Burwell approved the appointment of RADM Nicholas S. Makrides to the position of Chief Dental Officer with a subsequent temporary promotion to the rank of Assistant Surgeon General (Upper-Half).

RADM Nick Makrides started his career in 1987 as a staff dental officer at Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna in Anthony, New Mexico. Since his initial assignment, he has been the Chief Dental Officer at three prison facilities, and a Regional Dentist for the South Central Region of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In 2001, RADM Makrides was selected as the Chief Dentist of the BOP headquartered in Washington, DC.

As the Chief Dentist, he provides consultation to correctional executives, advances program development, and oversees the management of the BOP’s 119 prisons. During his tenure, he has integrated an oral health message into the BOP’s Medical Clinical Practice Guidelines and has established quality management metrics for the dental program. He supervised the development of the BOP’s electronic dental record and spearheaded the conversion of celluloid based radiography to a digital format for all BOP dental clinics. He is a subject matter expert in correctional dentistry, having been advisory to various state correctional systems, and has authored numerous publications addressing institutional dentistry.

RADM Makrides has been active in Corps activity serving on many workgroups, to include Assistant Secretary of Health’s Workgroup on Transformation. Currently, RADM Makrides is a member of the Oral Health Care Committee, serves as an ex-officio member of the Dental Professional Advisory Committee, and is the BOP’s representative to the Surgeon General’s Professional Advisory Committee. In addition to his Corps activity, Dr. Makrides serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association and serves as their representative on the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.

RADM Makrides has received numerous awards from the U.S. Public Health Service and was the recipient of the USPHS Dental Category Jack D. Robertson Award (2007). He holds a Bachelor Science Degree in Biology and a Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He completed a Master of Arts Degree in Health Care Management from Webster University and a Master of Public Health Degree in Community Health from the University of Texas Houston Health Sciences Center (El Paso). In 1998, he completed specialty training in Dental Public Health at the Baylor College of Dentistry/Dallas Veterans Administration.

RADM Makrides has been married for 24 years to his wife Linda and has three daughters: Alexis, Kaitlyn, and Lauren. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fly fishing and waterfowling.