Dr. Anchal Malik, is an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Department of Dental Public Health and Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care. Dr. Malik is actively involved in teaching the predoctoral students and is the director of didactic and preclinical laboratory courses in dental anatomy and morphology and the co-director of cariology and caries management courses. Additionally, she frequently collaborates as a participating faculty in other courses across Pitt Dental Medicine and is involved in co-coordinating the cariology and caries management curriculum. Dr. Malik is leading the efforts at Pitt Dental Medicine in training and calibrating students and faculty in an evidence based caries detection and assessment system using the International Caries Classification and Management System (ICCMS) that builds on the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS).
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Malik is actively involved in service to the School of Dental Medicine. She serves a member of the predoctoral admission’s committee. Since joining Pitt, Dr. Malik has been keenly involved in organizing communal events for Pitt Schools of Dental Medicine and Pharmacy as part of the University's Year of Diversity and Year of Healthy U initiatives. She was appointed by the dean to co-lead the efforts and serve as School of Dental Medicine’s liaison for the University’s Year of Pitt Global for the year 2018-2019. In October 2018, Dr. Malik was nominated by the dean to be part of the University of Pittsburgh’s IMPACT program.
She maintains membership in numerous professional organizations including ADEA, AAC and AADR/IADR. She recently was elected as the Secretary of the Section on Minority Affairs Diversity and Inclusion at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) 2019 Annual Meeting. This three-year commitment leads to the position of Chair-elect and Chair of the section in the consecutive years.
She previously served as a full-time faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (CWRU SDM) where she had a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Department of Community and Preventative Dentistry. At CWRU SDM, she worked closely on NIH-funded (NIDCR) projects investigating the oral health problems of very low birth weight (VLBW) and NBW infants as well as collaborative community-based trials testing the effectiveness of xylitol in preventing dental caries in children and Headstart Community Outreach programs. Her research and teaching interests vary broadly and include dental caries and its management, evidence based dentistry, educational research, teaching and learning, curriculum and professional development, and interprofessional education. Dr. Malik earned her degree in dental surgery from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, and completed a master’s degree in health policy and management from University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.