Christopher G. Halliday, Dent `87
Christopher Halliday, D.D.S., makes it a point to learn something from each person he meets. And considering he works with the 2.5 million Native-Americans and Alaska Native people living in the United States in his career in public health, he’s picked up some interesting knowledge along the way.
“Interactions with others offer me the ability to improve myself, and my success is directly attributable to the education that others have provided me,” says Christopher, chief dental officer of the Indian Health Service and chief dental liaison between the U.S. Public Health Service and U.S. Surgeon General.
“It has brought me closer to understanding the need for us all to work together toward improving our lives in a collective manner,” he says.
And when Christopher says “for us all,” he means it. He works with dental programs that provide health care to inmates in federal correctional institutions; networks with programs serving the armed forces; and works with dentists in research and regulatory agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration.
His service to the country grew when Christopher was deployed to New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to assist in recovery and identification efforts after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The list goes on. His professional associations are endless. The work is never done. In fact, Christopher tries to return to Marquette each year to interact with others so that he might inspire them to work with underserved populations.
“My career has been extremely rewarding and gratifying, and I’d like to help develop the next generation of oral health care providers,” he says. What a mentor he would be.