Dr. Leslie E. Grant is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a graduate of West Side High in Gary, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree, Cum Laude from Boston University, and obtained her Master of Speech Pathology and Audiology Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Grant entered the University of Maryland Dental School in 1982 and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1986. She completed a General Practice Residency at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey (1987), and provided dental care in her Baltimore City office “Dentally Speaking” for more than twenty years. Dr. Grant worked for nine years at an agency within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygeine until her retirement in 2017.
Dr. Grant is a health care advocate. She seeks positive solutions to advance
expanded access to dental care for underserved and uninsured individuals. Dr.
Grant has donated a day of gratis dentistry to “Healthcare for the Homeless” in
the organization’s early years, and served for six years on the Board of Directors
of “HERO” (an HIV services organization). In 1999, Dr. Grant led a dental
mission to El Salvador. She returned for further mission work in 2002. An
NAACP life member, Dr. Grant has also been a World Vision child sponsor since 1977. She is a member and served on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County, serves on the Health Advisory Committee of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services MATCH Program, is a long term supporter of “Camp Connect”, and is a Life Associate Member of Jack and Jill of America, a mother’s organization. Her spiritual affiliations include Presbyterian Elder (1988-1992), and she is a member of the Govans Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.
Professionally, Dr. Grant is a member of the National Dental Association, The
Academy of General Dentistry, The American Association of Women Dentists,
The American Dental Association and is a Life Member of The American Speech,
Language, Hearing Association. She is a Fellow in both the American and the
International College of Dentists. She has chaired the Oral Health America
Advocacy Committee and served on their Board of Directors. She served as
Secretary of the Maryland Dental Society for six years and as a delegate for six
years. Dr. Grants’ National Dental Association activities include serving on the
Reference Committee, Chairing the Committee on Constitution and By-Laws and
serving as Speaker of the House for five years. She was the President of the
National Dental Association in 2006, and served as Legislative Chair from 2007
Dr. Grant also served on the Board of Directors of the Organization for Safety,
Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) from 2010-2017, and currently serves on the
Board of the Ed Shils Entrepreneurial Fund and the Advisory Board of the
Children’s Oral Health Institute. In 2015 she was named as one of Maryland’s
“Top 100 Women” by the Maryland Daily Record, and in 2006 she was named as
one of the “One Hundred + Most Influential African Americans” by Ebony
Magazine. The American Association of Women Dentists presented the Lucy
Hobbs Taylor Award to Dr. Grant in 2018. She was also recently presented with
the 2019 Distinguished Public Service Alumni Award by the University of
Maryland School of Dentistry.
What People Say
At the heart of every policy decision ultimately are the citizens that choice effects. I have seen time and time again Leslie Grant, always remember this as she leads her healthcare colleagues in MD and the US to ensure healthcare and dental care in particular, to those who need most.Diane Romaine, DMD, MM, MAGD