November 2, 2022
Presented at the Three Rivers Dental Conference at Nemacolin Woodlands

Basic Dental Ethics Principles and Their Application During A Pandemic

2 Credit Hours

This course will provide a quick review of the Principles in the ADA Code of Ethics and then those principles will be discussed and applied to the COVID-19 pandemic. This course is in collaboration with The Western Pa. chapter of the American College of Dentists. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the ADA Code of Ethics Principles (Patient Autonomy, Nonmaleficence, Beneficence, Justice and Veracity)
  • Discuss how these principles apply to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Highlight and discuss ethical dilemmas created by the pandemic.
dr peter guevarav


Dr. Peter Guevarav

COL Peter H. Guevara is a 1987 graduate of Saint Vincent College, and a 1992 Graduate of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine. COL Guevara began his military career as a member of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) in May of 1993.

COL Guevara’s active duty career began in 1994 when he was assigned to Germany. He served with two units of the 93rd Medical Battalion (DS), and deployed to the Bosnian Theater twice. In 1998, COL Guevara was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC and he served as the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Dental Surgeon. In 2001, he completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry 2-Year (AEGD-2) Program at Fort Bragg. COL Guevara then became the Group Dental Surgeon for the 3rd Special Forces Group (ABN). This assignment included deployments to Nigeria and Afghanistan. In 2002, COL Guevara transferred to the 257th Medical Company (DS, ABN). He did a 12- month tour in Iraq with the 257th. In early 2005, COL Guevara returned to the AEGD 2-Year at Fort Bragg to serve as the Assistant Program Director.

COL Guevara left active duty in 2007 to teach at the University Of Pittsburgh. He remained in the military as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. COL Guevara returned to active duty in 2009, and was assigned to Fort Campbell, KY. He served as the Assistant Director of the AEGD 1-Year Program and also as the OIC of Kuhn Dental Clinic. In 2012, COL Guevara was appointed Director of the AEGD 2-Year Program at Schofield Barracks. In 2017, COL Guevara assumed the role of Chief of Graduate Dental Education and Dean of the Army Postgraduate Dental School. In 2020, COL Guevara assumed the role as the Corps Specific Branch Proponent Officer (CSBPO) for the Dental Corps. He still serves as the Army Dean.

His military honors include the Bronze Star Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), The Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), The Army Achievement Medal, The Pennsylvania Commendation Medal, The Combat Medic Badge, The Expert Field Medical Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Russian Parachutist Badge. COL Guevara is a member of Order of Military Medical Merit and he was a recipient of the U.S. Army Bernier Dental Research Award in 2000. He was awarded the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator in 2011. COL Guevara served the General Dentistry Consultant to the Army Surgeon General from 2014-2020. He received the Dental Corp Chief’s Award of Excellence for Dental Education in 2016.

COL Guevara is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and a Diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, and he is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists (ACD). COL Guevara was elected Regent for Regency 2 of the ACD in 2020. COL Guevara is a Past-President of the Army Constituency of the AGD. In 2013, he received the AGD’s Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award. COL Guevara was inducted into the Saint Vincent College Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 and in 2020 he was recognized as the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine Distinguished Alumnus for Advanced Education.

COL Guevara is married to the former Karyn Jewell. They have one daughter, Maya.


The Western Pa Chapter of the American College of Dentists

Dental Society of Western PA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider Approved by Pennsylvania Dental Association.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Dental Society of Western PA designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits.