Charles W.   LeHew   Ph.D.
College of Dentistry
801 S. Paulina
  • Charles W.
  • LeHew
  • PhD
  • Research Assistant Professor

Biographic Summary

Dr. LeHew is an evaluator and investigator with extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based oral health programming, primarily directed at prevention and early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancers.  His focus is promotion of inter-professional models of healthcare delivery.

Education & Career

  • BA, Millikin University, Decatur, IL
  • MA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • MPA, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Associate Member, Cancer Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago


da Fonseca MA, Townsend J, Rodriguez T, LeHew C.  Characteristics and Leadership Needs of Pediatric Dentistry Department Leaders in the United States and Canada. Pediatric Dentistry, 2019.

Lee HH, LeHew CW, Avenetti D, Buscemi J, Koerber A Understanding Oral Health Behaviors among Children Treated for Caries under General Anesthesia. Journal of Dentistry for Children, 2019.

Alrayyes SM, Garrett AM, LeHew Charles W, Compton AA. Where do Pediatric Dental Residents Intend to Practice? Exploring the Influence of Loan Repayment Programs and other Factors. Journal of Dental Education, 2019.

Hill B, Fadavi S, LeHew CW, Rada R. Effect of Caregiver’s Race and Ethnicity on Acceptance of Passive Immobilization for their Child’s Dental Treatment. Journal of Dentistry for Children, 2019.

Peterson CE, Gordon, SC, Le Hew, CW, Dykens, JA, Jefferson, GD, Tampi, MP, Urquhart, O, Lingen, M, Watson, KS, Buscemi, J, Fitzgibbon, ML. Society of Behavioral Medicine position statement: Society of Behavioral Medicine supports oral cancer early detection by all healthcare providers. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2018.

Chowaniec JA, Doubleday AF, LeHew CW, Salzmann LB, Koerber A. Timing of Case-Based Discussions and Educational Outcomes for Dental Students. Journal of Dental Education, 2018.

LeHew CW, Weatherspoon DJ, Peterson CE, Goben A, Reitmajer K, Sroussi H, Kaste LM. The health system and policy implications of changing epidemiology for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers in the United States 1995-2016. Epidemiologic Reviews, 2017

Thacker KK, Kaste LM, Homsi KD, LeHew CW. An Assessment of Oral Cancer Curricula in Dental Hygiene Programmes: Implications for Cancer Control. Int. J. Dent. Hygiene, 2016.

LeHew CW.  Challenges in community-based head and neck cancer prevention programs, Chapter 5 in J Radosevich (Ed.) Head and Neck Cancer: Current Perspectives, Advances, and Challenges.  Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer Science + Business Media B.V. (2013).

LeHew CW, Epstein JB, Kaste LM, Choi YK.  Assessing Oral Cancer Early Detection: Clarifying Dentists’ Practices.  Journal of Public Health Dentistry, Spring 2010; 70(2): 93-100.

LeHew CW, Epstein JB, Koerber A, Kaste LM.  Pilot Study of the Impact of Oral Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Training on Medical Clinicians’ Perceptions and Intentions.  Ear, Nose, & Throat, 2009; 88(1): 748-753.

Manfredi C, LeHew CW. Why Implementation Processes Vary Across the “5 A’s” of the Smoking Cessation Guideline: Administrators’ Perspectives.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2008;10(11):1597-1607.