Dr. Sean McLaren Named EIOH’s New Chief Quality, Compliance and Safety Officer

Dr. Cynthia Wong Named Interim Chair, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 

Sean McLaren, DDS, MBA (GPR ’03, Pedo ’06, MS ’19, MBA ’22) has been named Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s Chief Quality, Compliance and Safety officer and the director of the Office of Quality Improvement and Compliance. He succeeds David Levy, DMD, MS (Pedo ’77, MS ‘81), who will transition to a part-time faculty position and manage special projects.

“Dr. Levy’s leadership and unique skillset and experience in both academia, private practice and public health allowed us to expand the office significantly over the past 11 years he served in this role,” said EIOH Director Eli Eliav, DMD, PhD. “Dr. McLaren has the interpersonal and communications skills that will successfully continue what Dr. Levy has established, and build upon the collaborations throughout the medical center and the university.”

Cynthia Wong DMD, MS (Pedo ’13, MS ‘15) will serve as interim chair while continuing her role as the department’s residency program director. She has been effectively managing resident education, resident research and compliance with CODA and University standards since 2017. She’s actively involved in advocating for healthcare professional training and access to care for children with special healthcare needs. Dr. Wong is also involved in research related to the prevention of Early Childhood Caries.

“With Dr. Wong’s experience and success as program director, I’m confident the transition to interim chair will be seamless,” Dr. Eliav added.

Serving as chair for the Pediatric Dentistry Department since 2015, Dr. McLaren was selected for the new position after a national search because of his proven ability to provide strategic leadership while overseeing clinical functions, and his depth of understanding of EIOH and URMC. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing numerous aspects of clinical functions, including quality assurance, process improvement and compliance, risk management, environmental health and safety, infection control, records management, as well as other non-clinical functions. The position also carries the title of Medical Director, in compliance with New York State regulations. He will work closely with URMC leadership, representing EIOH on various URMC committees. In addition, he’ll organize and coordinate research protocol reviews and ensure that mission-critical clinical, research and educational opportunities are reflected in ongoing EIOH policy reviews.

Dr. McLaren is a Rochester native. He graduated from McQuaid Jesuit, Canisius College, earned his dental degree at SUNY Buffalo, and then earned two post-doctoral certificates at EIOH, specializing in hospital-based and pediatric dentistry. In addition to treating patients at Clinton Crossings, Sawgrass Surgical Center, he treats medically compromised patients in the operating room at Strong Memorial Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital. Through EIOH, he pioneered Teledentistry services in New York, resulting in significant improvements in access to treatment for children living in rural areas. Since then, he was integral in establishing and chairing EIOH’s Teledentistry Division. Throughout the last five years, Dr. McLaren has served as principal or co-investigator for three multi-million federal grants supporting resident and faculty training, and preventing severe tooth decay among children in underserved communities. He is past president of the Monroe County Dental Society, president-elect for the Seventh District Dental Society, and chairs the Hospital Dentistry and Dental Health Planning Council with the New York State Dental Association

Drs. McLaren and Wong begin their new roles July 1.