CAHD-ACDH The national voice of Canadian hospital-affiliated dentists

Annual Meeting Conference Speaker – Dr. Sutherland

Dr. Susan Sutherland


Antimicrobial resistance is considered a press­ing international public health problem and is associated with increased morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs. Some of the increase in resistance is directly attributed to the indiscriminate or poor use of anti­biotics. Dentists prescribe approxi­mately 10% of all antibiotics dispensed to humans in Canada and therefore the possible contribution of dental prescribing to the development of antibiotic resistance should not be under­estimated. This presentation will discuss the looming crisis in antimicrobial resistance, explore the role of dentistry in contributing to this issue, and discuss how CAHD is taking a leadership position in antimicrobial stewardship.

Susan Sutherland DDS, MSc

Dr. Sutherland is a graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto and holds a Masters’ Degree in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. She is an Associate Professor  in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. She maintains a general practice for the treatment of medically complex patients at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she is the Dentist-in-Chief and the Medical Director of the Craniofacial Prosthetics Unit.

Dr. Sutherland has served on many professional dental committees provincially and nationally and has written and reviewed for a number of dental journals. She is currently a member of the Ontario Dental Association Hospital Services Committee and the ODA/Ministry of Health Dental Services Committee. She is the past Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs of the Canadian Dental Association and is the Founding  (and current) President of the Canadian Association of Hospital Dentists.

Her research and teaching interests include knowledge transfer, the relationship between oral health and systemic health, interprofessional education and practice, and antimicrobial stewardship. She recently led a working group of the Canadian Dental Association, the Canadian Orthopedic Association and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada to develop a consensus statement on the dental management of patients with total joint replacements.