Meet Steve from Minnesota

Dr. Steve Shuman, DDS, MS, is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Oral Health Services for Older Adults (OHSOA) Program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, as well as Dental Director at Walker Dental Clinic, Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Shuman grew up in Philadelphia and earned his dental degree in 1982 at Temple University.  After private practice in Philadelphia, he moved to Illinois while his wife served in the National Health Service Corps.

Dr. Shuman first experienced the rewards and challenges of caring for adults with special needs, including nursing home residents and the developmentally disabled, when he was working for the Peoria Health Department in Illinois. This led him to Minnesota’s OHSOA Program for a 2-year Geriatric Fellowship and MS degree, which he completed in 1989.  He then joined the University of Minnesota’s faculty as Director of the OHSOA Program, and now almost 30 years later remains dedicated to training health professionals in providing better geriatric care, contributing new knowledge about geriatric oral health, and improving access to high quality dental care for older adults. 

Along with his teaching and clinical responsibilities in geriatrics, Dr. Shuman serves as the dental school’s Director of Graduate Education, directs the MS-Dentistry Program for dental specialists in the Graduate School, and leads the school’s Council of Faculty.  He served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry for 10 years and as President of that organization from 1998-99.  He is now active with the Minnesota Dental Association’s Barriers to Care Committee focusing on access issues for elderly and special needs adults.  His teaching and clinical programs have been recognized with the ADA’s 1995 Geriatric Oral Health Care Award, as well as at the state and local levels. 

Aside from his profession, Dr. Shuman cherishes his time with his family and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and repairing things around his home and clinic.



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