Dentistry's role in the history of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Subject: Medical centers
Hospitals
Authors: Passo, Samuel A.
Watson, Nolan A.
Pub Date: 10/01/2012
Publication: Name: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal Publisher: U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School Audience: Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School ISSN: 1524-0436
Issue: Date: Oct-Dec, 2012
Topic: Event Code: 280 Personnel administration Canadian Subject Form: Medical centres
Product: Product Code: 8060000 Hospitals NAICS Code: 622 Hospitals SIC Code: 8062 General medical & surgical hospitals; 8063 Psychiatric hospitals; 8069 Specialty hospitals exc. psychiatric
Accession Number: 309980595
Full Text: The military tradition of "casing the colors" symbolizes the closing of a unit's operations. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) cased its colors on July 27, 2011, the impact was a cessation of operations of the many tenant units associated with the WRAMC. Two of those units were dental services delivery commands: the US Army Northern Region Dental Command and the Walter Reed Dental Activity. This history of Army dentistry at the WRAMC was prepared in recognition of the historical significance and legacy of its contribution to both the profession of dentistry and Army medicine as a whole.

In 1909, the first patients were admitted to a new Walter Reed General Hospital. These were the beginnings of what would quickly grow into a medical center founded on principles that would integrate patient care, teaching and research. (1) In 1909, the dentistry profession was represented in the Army only in the form of 30 contracted civilian dental surgeons (2(p203)) (as explained later, there were no commissioned dental officers until 1911). There is no indication that any of the 30 were assigned to Walter Reed General Hospital. However, dental organizations evolved, including dental and maxillofacial treatment in the hospital, and oral pathology services in the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. The Army Medical Center was established at the hospital campus area in 1923, and in 1951 the entire complex was redesignated Walter Reed Army Medical Center. (1) Tenant units at the facility over the years included dental activities, a regional dental command, an area dental laboratory, the Army Dental School, and the US Army Institute of Dental Research. Education and training programs were imbedded in these dental organizations.

FIRST CLINICAL DENTAL CARE

On March 3, 1911, Congress directed the Army to create a dental corps of commissioned dental officers. Hyson et al indicates that the first mention of dental officers at Walter Reed General Hospital was April 1917, "One dental officer was on duty and gave dental service to the entire command." (2(p279)) The declaration of war with Germany that same month changed this situation:

Weed (3) describes the organization of the Walter Reed General Hospital during World War I, including a dental department and a maxillofacial section in the Department of Professional Services. The following excerpts provide a good description of dental service at Walter Reed during the World War I era:

DENTAL COMMAND AND CONTROL ORGANIZATIONS

Initially and for many decades, clinical dental care was delivered at Walter Reed under the direct command of the hospital commander. In 1973, Health Services Command was established along with installation level reorganization such that dental services were provided by a hospital dental company, but it also was controlled by the Walter Reed Army Medical Activity and hospital commander. Studies of dental management by Dental Corps Chiefs MG Edwin Smith and MG Surindar N. Bhaskar resulted in public law, implemented October 20, 1978 that established the US Army Dental Activity (DENTAC) separate from the hospital and Medical Activity, and commanded by an Army Dental Corps officer (4) (J. E. King, oral communication, July 2011). Prior to the closing of WRAMC in 2011, the Walter Reed Dental Activity (WR DENTAC) operated 4 dental clinics supporting the National Capital Region: Walter Reed Hospital Clinic, Fort McNair, the Pentagon, and the Forest Glen-WRAMC Annex (T. R. Tempel Jr., written communication, July 2011).

As the Army Medical Department continued to adapt its command structure to the operational requirements of the Army, on 1 November 1993 it established the US Army Dental Command (DENCOM) with the WR DENTAC as one of 31 dental activities and 20 dental clinic commands. There were 8 dental service support areas (DSSAs) organized to reduce the span of control required of DENCOM. The Commander, WR DENTAC reported directly to the Commander, DENCOM, and had additional responsibilities as commander of the new administrative layer, the North Atlantic Dental Service Support Area, which evolved into the Northern Regional Dental Command (NRDC) in 1998.4 The NRDC encompasses 7 dental activities and 3 dental clinic commands in 21 states and Washington, DC (T. R. Tempel, Jr., written communication, July 2011).

The Northern Regional Dental Command and Walter Reed Dental Activity focused on the dental health and readiness of Soldiers. The command also had the mission of operating 4 graduate education programs in dentistry. These training programs produced highly trained dental officers in the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, and comprehensive dentistry. Additionally, the Soldiers of the Northern Regional Dental Command support 10 installations which deploy, mobilize, and demobilize Soldiers in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and previously Operation Iraqi Freedom. (T. R. Tempel, Jr., written communication, July 2011).

GRADUATE DENTAL EDUCATION

By 1921, Walter Reed had been offering specialty residency programs in oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), and pedodontics/orthodontics for several years. It also provided the dental internship, a precursor to the 2-year general dentistry residency (T. R. Tempel, Jr., oral communication, July 2011). However, recognizing the need for advanced training of Army dental officers in both clinical specialties and basic science, in September of 1921, three Dental Corps officers were sent to Dewey School of Orthodontic Training at New York University, and one officer to the Army Medical School for bacteriology training.

DENTAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

During Colonel Frank P. Stone's tenure as Dental Corps Chief, his office announced that effective July 1, 1939, the War Department and Surgeon General had authorized 8 dental internships at Army general hospitals. The goal was to improve on the skills of dental officer candidates and provide familiarity with the unique requirements of military dentistry.

Three interns were assigned to the Walter Reed General Hospital, and one each was assigned to the Letterman General Hospital (San Francisco), Fitzsimons General Hospital (Denver), Army and Navy General Hospital (Hot Springs, Arkansas), William Beaumont General Hospital (El Paso), and the Station Hospital (Fort Sam Houston, Texas). The Army Dental School at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center developed a standardized training program for the internships emphasizing clinical dentistry and oral sui"geiy (2)(pp814-815)

ARMY DENTAL SCHOOL

A new and critical link in the chain of professional development for dental officers was postgraduate level Army Dental School located on the grounds of Walter Reed General Hospital. Dental educators John Sayre Marshall and Robert Oliver conceived an Army dental school during meetings of the dental examining board in February 1901. As Oliver later related, "The primal reason actuating the original thought of these two dental educators was the manifest necessity of preparing and training young dental men, just entering the Corps, to meet the new conditions of life--physical, mental, and professional--in which they were suddenly thrust" (2)(pp720-723) COL William H. G. Logan, who became the first Chief of the US Army Dental Corps in 1917, strongly advocated such a school in February 1911.

However, it was not until January 6, 1922, that the Secretary of War authorized the new Army Dental School as a special service school of the War Department. The School's first commandant was COL Seibert D. Boak who had led the Dental Section of the Army Sanitary School at Langres, France during World War I. The Army Dental School's mission was to:

MG Merritte W. Ireland, The Army Surgeon General, addressed the school's formal opening on 9 January 1922. Ireland's speech strongly endorsed not only the Army Dental School but also the role of the Dental Corps within the Army Medical Department. According to the Annual Report of the Army Surgeon General, 1922,9 the opening of the Army Dental School corrected some of the most significant deficiencies in the development of the dental service and was one of the most important events in the history of the Dental Corps. (2)(pp720-723)

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The Army Dental School was located in temporary World War I buildings from 1922 to 1930, when those buildings were condemned. In October 1932, the Army Dental School and Walter Reed Central Dental Laboratory occupied parts of the first and second floors of the new north wing of the Army Medical School building 40. The new location contained the director's office, clerk's room, executive office, library, oral surgery amphitheater, bacteriology laboratory, preparation room, pathology laboratory, prosthetic laboratory (which housed the Walter Reed Central Dental Laboratory), chemical laboratory, mail room, X-ray dark room, photographic room, and oral hygiene clinic (6 chairs equipped with Ritter Tri-Dental units). During a visit to the school's new facilities, Dr G. Walter Dittmar, then president of the American Dental Association, declared it to be one of the finest and most completely equipped that it had been his pleasure to inspect.

The Army Dental School was redesignated in 1948 as the Dental Division of the Army Medical Research and Graduate School, Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. Concurrently, the enlisted training school was moved to Fort Sam Houston. In 1955, the name was changed again to the Army Medical Service Graduate School. This redesignation resulted in the upgrading of the education programs to graduate and postgraduate levels. (10)

US ARMY INSTITUTE OF DENTAL RESEARCH

Agencies change, seeking new ways to become more efficient and effective. Such is the case of the Army Dental School. In addition to the multiple personnel development missions with which the Army Dental School was founded on January 6, 1922, there were also the requirements:

As Chief of the Dental Corps, MG Joseph L. Bernier, realigned the focus to oral and dental research. On January 1, 1962, the dental division of the school was completely reorganized and renamed the US Army Institute of Dental Research (USAIDR). It was given separate institute status as an element of US Army Medical Research and Development Command. (10,11)

The USAIDR developed simplified techniques which allowed rapid and effective treatment of war-related maxillofacial injuries and dental diseases. It developed required military information on epidemiology, etiology, clinical treatment, the prevention and control of oral disease, and used the information as a basis for research. It conducted basic and clinical investigations on dental materials. It provided instruction as required for graduate education in the Advanced Theory and Science of Dental Practice Course and dental residency programs in clinical oral pathology, endodontics, and periodontics. USAIDR also conducted continuing education and training of dental personnel to maintain high professional treatment standards. (10)

Clinically relevant research designed to improve patient care was always the goal of USAIDR. Emphasis on clinical research began with the caries investigations of CPT Fernando Rodriguez in the 1920s, and was elaborated by those of MG Surindar N. Bhaskar and associates in the late 1960s and early 1970s. (10)

Between the time of CPT Rodriguez's work and World War II, much of the research emphasized methods of emergency treatment and the improvement of dental materials. Following World War II, attention focused on the importance of decalcification of teeth by bacteria. Investigations on Lactobacillus acidophilus and its decalcifying potential on sound enamel was a major project. (10) During the 1950s, the interest shifted to the nutritional aspects of dental disease. Research since the middle 1960s has emphasized problems and treatment of maxillofacial combat wounds. (10)

In October 1993, the USAIDR was reorganized as the US Army Dental Research Detachment (DRD), subordinate to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, located at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. By 1997, the DRD had moved to the Great Lakes Naval Center near Chicago, ending the dental research and development presence at Walter Reed (4) (J. E. King, oral communication, July 2011).

At Great Lakes, the DRD collocated with the Navy's Institute of Dental and Biomedical Research and the Air Force's Detachment 1, Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service. Sometime between 1997 and 2010, the DRD was redesignated as the US Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment (DTRD). On March 24, 2010, DTRD and the Navy and Air Force activities moved from the Great Lakes Naval Center to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The 3 military dental research units are collocated in a new, 25,000 sq ft facility, the Battlefield Health and Trauma Research Institute (4,12) (J. E. King, oral communication, July 2011).

DENTAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY

In May 1862, Army Surgeon General William Hammond ordered establishment of the Army Medical Museum. Renamed the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in 1949, it was relocated to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1955. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) has become a world leader in pathology consultation, education, and research, including an important dental and oral pathology component. (5(p3))

The first Dental Corps officer was assigned to the Medical Museum/AFIP on July 1, 1926. In 1931, the American Dental Association designated the Dental Section of the Army Medical Museum as the official museum of the dental profession in the United States. (6(p18)) Later, the National Dental Museum, a Smithsonian Institute facility, was established in Baltimore, Maryland.

The essential instrument that tied AFIP to the medical community it serves was the establishment of registries for various groupings of diseases. The Dental and Oral Pathology Register was added in 1933, which served to reactivate an 1895 arrangement with the American Dental Association (ADA) designating the Army Medical Museum as the national depository for the organization's dental specimens. (5(p69))

The Dental and Oral Pathology Register became part of the American Register of Pathology, formed in cooperation with the National Research Council Division of Medical Sciences in 1930. Within 3 years, the Dental and Oral Pathology Register had 483 accessions. As time passed, accessions began to come from civilian dental professionals through the ADA as well as from Dental Corps officers. This collection provided significant research material and allowed the resident dental officer at the Army Medical Museum to provide consultation services and to conduct important pathological research. LTC James B. Mann was the assigned dental officer through much of the 1930s and made major strides on periodontoclasia and its surgical treatment. CPT Joseph L. Bernier, a trained oral pathologist and future chief of the Dental Corps (1960-1967), followed Mann as chief of oral pathology at the museum in 1938. By 1941, the registry had grown to 2,485 items. (2(pp789-800)) On May 26, 1955, AFIP Building #54 was dedicated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower speaking at the formal opening ceremony.

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The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology continued to expand its advances in lifesaving diagnostic technologies by world-class pathologists and scientists. The many varied pathology branches conducted numerous research studies, education programs, and publications. (5)(pix) The Institute prepared personnel, including forensically trained dental officers, in forensic pathology skills through training and hands-on experience. Repeatedly, AFIP oral pathologists dramatically demonstrated their capabilities in dental identification while playing significant roles in numerous mass casualty situations, including the 1985 air crash that killed 248 Soldiers of the 101st Division near Gander Newfoundland, and, of course, the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. (4(pp18,22))

The congressionally mandated military Base Closure and Realignment cycle of 2005 disestablished AFIP and relocated its militarily relevant functions to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland; Dover AFB, Delaware; and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (7) In addition, the Joint Pathology Center, the federal government's pathology resource center, was established in Silver Spring, Maryland. (8)

CENTRAL DENTAL LABORATORY

Dental officers in the 1920s had to devote as much of their time as possible to their many patients, leaving them little time to work in their laboratories on prosthetic appliances. It was not until fiscal year 1927 that the Army Dental School produced a sufficient number of well-trained enlisted dental mechanics who could make and also oversee the manufacture of prosthetics in a dental laboratory. This new resource relieved the dentists and their technicians of this time-consuming aspect of their work.

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In 1926-1927, the dental division opened 3 new corps area dental laboratories that provided the same service to Army dentists as commercial laboratories provided to their civilian colleagues. The first laboratory, Walter Reed Central Dental Laboratory, was opened at Walter Reed General Hospital and served all dental officers in the First through Seventh Corps areas. A similar laboratory at Letterman General Hospital supported the Ninth Corps Area, and another at the Station Hospital at Fort Sam Houston supported the Eight Corps Area. (2(p734))

War Department Circular No. 42, dated August 3, 1938, redesignated the existing corps area dental laboratories as central dental laboratories and added new ones as follows: Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, serving the First, Second, and Third Corps areas; Fort McPherson, Georgia, serving the Fourth and Fifth Corps areas; Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, serving Fort Knox, Fort Benjamin Harrison, and Fort Hayes, and the Sixth and Seventh Corps areas; Fort Sam Houston, serving the Eighth Corps Area; and Presidio of San Francisco, serving the Ninth Corps Area. (2(pp800-803))

The tenant central dental laboratories were exempt from the control of local post commanders, except for the purpose of "supply, inspection, and discipline." The Army Dental School trained:

The trained enlisted personnel coming from the Army Dental School meant that the laboratories would "become a great asset to our expanding dental service..." Brigadier General Leigh Fairbank said:

The "central dental laboratory" designation was changed to "regional dental activity" in 1962, and to "area dental laboratory" in 1981. In 1991, the area dental laboratories at Alameda, California, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center were closed, leaving laboratories at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. On October 1, 1997, the laboratory at Fort Sam Houston was closed, leaving Fort Gordon's laboratory as the only remaining facility for dental support. On July 1, 1998, that laboratory was redesignated as the Army Dental Laboratory. (4(pp15,18,20,21))

CONCLUSION

The casing of the colors and closure of WRAMC on July 27, 2011, was an occasion of sadness, pride, and hope for the continued mission of excellence. A visitor to WRAMC is impressed with the relatively small size of the campus (easily walkable) and its enormous impact on development of patient care, teaching, and research in military (and civilian) medicine and dentistry. The caliber of clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders that WRAMC produced is impressive. The innovations were numerous and spectacular, thinking "outside of the box." Perhaps the relatively small size and close proximity of leaders and educators in medicine and dentistry encouraged "cross-pollination" that would be hard to duplicate today.

We have many wide-spread centers of patient care, teaching, and research "connected" by our digital electronic technology. Even so, one wonders what may be missed by the loss of frequent personal interactions of these diverse leaders in the "close" campus of WRAMC during walks in the hallways, staff meetings, or in the cafeteria. The interaction of two early pioneers of Army medicine, Surgeon General Merritte Ireland and Chief of Dentistry Robert Oliver, at the WRAMC campus is an excellent example of such benefits. As we look to the bright future of the next phase of WRAMC relocations in Bethesda, Maryland and Fort Belvoir, Virginia, we hope for the same energy, innovation, and determination as in our past.

Today, "center of gravity" of the US Army Dental Corps is primarily the DENCOM Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston. There is also very strong multiservice presence and interaction at Fort Sam Houston. Perhaps we can learn from the WRAMC history and create "pockets" of intimate personal and professional relationships for the sharing of ideas and missions in our future.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We appreciate the support and consultation of COL (Ret) John E. King, DC, USA, History Consultant for the Association of Army Dentistry.

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COL Samuel A. Passo, DC, USA

Nolan A. Watson

AUTHORS

COL Passo is a Periodontist at the Fort Knox Dental Activity, Fort Knox, Kentucky. He is also Consultant for Dental History to the Chief of the Army Dental Corps.

Mr Watson is a historian with the Office of Medical History, US Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
From three dental surgeons in 1918, the personnel of
   the department increased to nine dental officers....
   Five female technicians were on duty in the hygienic
   department of the clinic. This permitted the dental
   officers to spend their entire time operating. (2(p428))


The chief of the dental department was responsible
   for the dental service rendered at the hospital, for the
   supervision and instruction of all personnel assigned
   to his division, and for all the public property under his
   control. All military patients admitted to the hospital were
   examined by the dental survey officer, who furnished a
   report to the chief of his department. The chief of the
   dental department furnished imperative dental attention
   whenever indicated and elective dental attention as far
   as possible.

   Dental section. The dental service was divided into five
   subsections: Dental hygiene; X-ray; operative; prosthetic
   and oral surgery; and one dental officer for the survey
   of patients. The completion of the new dental building
   in August and its immediate occupancy facilitated the
   successful detachment of the dental department. The new
   building consisted of a large operating room, adequate
   for nine operators, an oral surgery department, including
   an operating room, and an extracting and record room,
   and quarters for the officer of the day and sergeant in
   charge, together with necessary storage space. A dental
   X-ray laboratory and developing room were provided and
   an officer was detailed to care for this work. From three
   dental surgeons in 1918, the personnel of the department
   increased to nine dental officers, one of whom was
   on duty to render emergency treatment at all hours
   of the day and night. In January, 1919, the prosthetic
   department was organized for the construction of splints
   for maxillofacial cases and prosthetic restoration of all
   kinds....

   Maxillofacial section. The first maxillofacial patients
   arrived at the hospital on January 15, 1919, at which
   time Walter Reed General Hospital was one of the three
   hospitals designated by The Surgeon General's Office
   to receive this class of patients. They were scattered
   throughout the surgical wards at first, until a chief
   of section was detailed to care for them, in February,
   when they were all assembled in three wards. Prior to
   March very little surgical operative work was done..
   Coordination with the dental surgeon, necessary in the
   treatment of most of the cases, was early established.

   At the end of the year 1918 the annual report for the
   hospital shows a capacity of 2,500 beds, and in the
   same report the record of the completion of temporary
   buildings, which includes the construction for the years
   1917 and 1918, stands as follows:...Dental building:
   One-story tile construction, 24 by 350 feet, occupied by
   the dental, eye, ear, nose, and throat clinics.


teach newly appointed dental officers the practical
   application of approved methods of professional
   procedures in the military service, to furnish postgraduate
   courses in advanced military dental surgery to
   members of the Dental Corps, to provide an organization
   for the investigation, study and research of dental problems,
   a source of authoritative information on professional
   matters, and the training of enlisted personnel to meet
   the requirements of the dental service. (2(p721))


to provide an organization for the investigation,
   study, and research of dental problems, and serve as
   a source of authoritative information on professional
   matters... (2(p721))


most of the enlisted supervisors and mechanics for the
   central dental laboratories.... No supplies and equipment
   for making dentures were to be given to other stations
   within the continental United States. (2(pp800-803))


The mechanical processes will now be delegated to
   properly trained enlisted men, under the supervision of
   a few dental officers. Now, the great majority of dental
   officers can devote their entire time to the dental health
   problems of a greater number of personnel. (2(pp800-803))


Commanders of the Walter Reed Dental
Activity (DENTAC)

2010-2011    COL Thomas R. Tempel, Jr.
2008-2010    COL Priscilla Hamilton
2005-2008    COL M. Ted Wong
2002-2005    COL Lawrence Cook
1998-2002    COL Thomas Striano
1998         COL Brent Koudelka
1996-1998    COL Gary Allen
1993-1996    COL William Priddy
1990-1993    COL Charles Bole II
1989-1990    COL Jack Vincent
1988-1989    COL Robert Brady
1985-1988    COL Robert Webster
1984-1985    COL Harley Ellinger
1983-1984    COL Peter Taylor
1980-1983    COL Emery Russell, Jr.
1977-1980    COL Ronald L. Vanswol *
1976-1977    COL William Radentz ([dagger])

*Became first commander of the new DENTAC
October 20, 1978.

([dagger]) COL Radentz directed dental activities during
the MEDDAC dental management trials study.

Commanders and Directors, Dental School and
Dental Research Activities at Walter Reed

Commandants, US Army Dental School
COL Seibert D. Boak, DC                   1922-1923
COL Franklin P. Wing, DC                  1923-1925
MAJ William S. Rice, DC                   1925-1929
LTC Frank L. K. Laflamme, DC              1929-1932

Directors, US Army Dental School
COL Robert H. Mills, DC                   1932-1936
LTC John W. Scoval, DC                    1936-1938
COL Terry P. Bull, DC                     1938-1940
Dental school suspended with ad-
vent of World War II, used as field       1940-1948
medicine training school

Directors, Dental Division, US Army Medical
  Research and Graduate School
COL John S. Oratel, DC                    1948-1953
COL George T. Perkins, DC                 1953-1954
COL Thomas A. McFall, DC                  1954-1961

Directors, US Army Institute of Dental Research
COL George H. Timke, DC                   1961-1966
COL George W. Burnett, DC                 1966-1968
COL Peter M. Margetis, DC                 1968-1969
COL Richard L. Howard, DC                 1969-1970
BG Sirindar M. Bhaskar, DC                1970-1973
COL Simon Civjan, DC                      1973-1974
COL Duane E. Cutright, DC                 1974

Commanders, US Army Institute of Dental
  Research
COL Duane Cutright   1974-1980
COL Thomas Sweeney                        1980-1985
COL Harold Plank     1987-1992
COL William Posey    1992-1996
COL Michael Rethman                       1996-1999
COL Leslie Raulin    1999-2000

Source: Cutright and Daniels (10)

J. E. King, oral communications, July 2011
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