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Jan 8, 2020

As of several months ago, Dental Anesthesiology is the 10th specialty recognized by the American Dental Association.  With the growing need for general anesthesia services in the pediatric dental office, the creation of this newest specialty is certain to expand opportunities for providers and especially for our patients.  Listen to Dr. Jeff Brownstein, Pediatric Dentist, Anesthesiologist, and practice owner in both areas, talk about his views on how anesthesiology will grow and will provide fantastic new opportunities to all.  You will learn many new things in this enlightening podcast.

Jeffrey N. Brownstein, DDS, MeCSD is the senior partner at West Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, a multi-facility Pedo-Ortho group practice situated in the western suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona providing dental & orthodontic care for infants, toddlers, adolescents and adults with special healthcare needs.  He is also a partner in Arizona Dental Anesthesia and Nebraska Dental Anesthesia, dental anesthesia groups providing mobile office-based care for pediatric and adult patients. 

Dr. Brownstein completed his graduate dental training at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University and his pediatric dental specialty training at the University of Florida where he served as chief resident during his final year of training.  Following his pediatric residency program, Dr. Brownstein completed an extensive Craniofacial Fellowship in the dental management of Cleft Lip & Palate in the Department of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine/St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

In 2009, after nine years of providing care in a private practice setting, Dr. Brownstein returned to the University of California at Los Angeles to further his training in the area of anesthesiology.  After completing a year of medical anesthesia training at Harbor-UCLA, a major trauma center in Southwest Los Angeles, he was appointed to the position of chief resident in the Department of Dental Anesthesiology at the School of Dentistry at UCLA where he eventually attained his certificate in Dental Anesthesiology.  

Dr. Brownstein is board certified and a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and National Board of Dental Anesthesiology.  He is an oral board examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a clinical oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia permit examiner for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners.  Dr. Brownstein was appointed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to a position on the AAPD Council on Clinical Affairs. He is a member of the Dental Patient Safety Foundation, a Surveyor for the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, and a member of the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners’ Anesthesia & Sedation Committee. 

As a full-time clinician in private practice, Dr. Brownstein’s primary emphasis is in the area of pharmacologic management of special needs children and adults, while providing care in office, hospital, and surgical center settings.  He is a Clinical Faculty Member at the Midwestern College of Dental Medicine and in the Department of Anesthesia/Dental Medicine at NYU-Langone Hospital. He helps to instruct oral and intravenous moderate sedation courses, provides medical emergency seminars, and is a certified Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support & Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor.  

Dr. Brownstein has authored and coauthored an array of published journal articles and textbook chapters on topics including craniofacial disorders, pediatric physiology and office-based general anesthesia.  He also provides peer review for articles within the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists journal publication, Anesthesia Progress. He is actively involved in several ongoing clinical research at Midwestern College of Dental Medicine including projects focused specifically on improving the quality of pediatric sedation and general anesthesia.

Dr. Brownstein is a past president of the Arizona Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Arizona Dental Association, Central Arizona Dental Society, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry, International Association of Pediatric Dentistry, California Association of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, California Pedodontic Research Society, Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, American Dental Board of Anesthesiology, Arizona Society of Dentists Anesthesiologists, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, California Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, International Federation of Dental Anesthesiology Societies, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Arizona Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association, Special Care Dentistry Association, American Association of Hospital Dentists, Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States, and several local study clubs. 

Dr. Brownstein was a past Bank Director on the Board of West Valley National Bank/Arizona Dental Bank, a community bank specifically dedicated to financing private medical and dental ventures throughout the state of Arizona.  As an active member of the Arizona Special Olympics, Autism Speaks, Council for Exceptional Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Federation for Children with Special Needs, Dr. Brownstein dedicates much of his free time advocating for the nearly 5 million school-aged special needs children living throughout the United States.

Dr. Brownstein is a second-generation pediatric dentist, and has spent a majority of his life, in one way or another, involved in the field of medicine & dentistry while working with special needs patients.  For over thirty-years his father, Dr. Marshall Brownstein, served as Dean of Admissions & Student Affairs at both the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry and University of Nevada at Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and is regarded nationally for his dedication to dental academics.  While his mother, Dr. Marjorie Brownstein, obtained her doctorate in Special Education and focused her career on the education for this underserved population.   

On a personal note, Dr. Brownstein’s wife, Dr. Sheri Brownstein, also a second-generation dentist, is an Associate Professor & Director of Preclinical Faculty at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona.  Sheri & Jeff have three wonderful children, Emma, Rogan and Landon and enjoy an active lifestyle, which includes photography, hiking, running, basketball, and traveling.