School of Dental Medicine

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Sharon M. Gordon, DDS, MPH, PhD

Associate Dean for Research
Chair, Foundational Sciences

4253 Ledyard E. Ross Hall

Clinical Interests
Barriers to access to oral health care for special needs patients, epidemiology of craniofacial pain, oral complications of immunosuppression and cancer therapies, clinical sequelae of tissue injury and interaction of the inflammatory response and nervous system in pain and wound healing, local anesthesia

Board Certifications
Diplomate (Specialty Certification), American Board of Dental Public Health; Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry; Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association, Basic Life Support

DDS - University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio
MPH - Johns Hopkins University
PhD - Johns Hopkins University

Society Memberships
American Dental Association
International and American Association of Dental Research
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
Association of University TMD and Orofacial Pain Programs
American Association of Women Dentists
Academy of General Dentistry
Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society
International Association for the Study of Pain

Biographical Information
Dr. Gordon serves as the inaugural Associate Dean for Research and Chair of Foundational Sciences at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. She earned a DDS from University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio and completed a two-year general practice residency at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio. She earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 1997 and PhD in Clinical Investigation in 2003 from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Gordon was previously professor at University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore, where she was Director of Graduate Research and Training. Prior to her tenure as professor of University of Maryland, she served as an intramural scientist and directed research training at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For more than two decades, first at NIH and then at the University of Maryland, Dr. Gordon has focused on workforce development with special emphasis on research training for clinicians. Her research interest is injury and interaction of the inflammatory response and nervous system in pain and wound healing.

As Associate Dean for Research, Gordon’s experiences align with the School of Dental Medicine’s philosophy. She uses an interdisciplinary team approach in research and teaching, as exemplified by her work to create an NIH-funded case-based educational program of pain management using an inter-professional approach to diagnosing and managing pain. She uses her clinical research and educational experience to teach students about the relationships between patient care and research.

1. Gordon SM, Mischenko AV, Fouad AF. Effects of bupivacaine vs lidocaine on inflammatory regulation. Appl Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2017; 106(01):1-8.

2. Alkubaizi Q, Sorkin JD, Hochberg MC, Gordon SM. Risk factors for facial pain: data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative Study. J Dent Oral Biol. 2017:2(3), 1033-1038.

3. Hersh E, Pinto A, Saraghi M, Saleh N, Pulaske L, Gordon SM, Barnes D, Kaplowitz G, Bloom I, Sabti M, Moore P, Lee S, Meharry M, Li Y. Double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating the efficacy and tolerability of intranasal K305 (3% tetracaine plus 0.05% oxymetazoline) in anesthetizing maxillary teeth. JADA 2016:147(4):278-287.

4. Dionne, RA,Gordon SM, Moore PA. Prescribing opioid analgesics for acute dental pain: time to change clinical practices in response to evidence and misperceptions. Compendium, 37:372-378, 2016.

5. Okunseri C, Dionne RA, Gordon SM, Okunseri E, Szabo A. Prescription of opioid analgesics for nontraumatic dental conditions in emergency departments. Drug and Alc. Dep. 2015; 156, 261-266.

6. Gordon SM, as interviewed by Feutaux, N. Research: From the Ground Up. American Dental Education Association’s CCI Liaison Ledger: Educator Spotlight, August 2015 last accessed at ADEA’s website:

7. Dionne RA and Gordon SM. Changing Paradigms for Acute Dental Pain: Preventive Strategies are Better than Postoperative PRN. J Calif Dental Assoc., 655-662, 2015.

8. Gordon SM and Henson B. White BA, Gordon SM. Preventing Dental Caries Through Community Water Fluoridation. NCMJ 75:6, 2014.

9. Bair E, Brownstein NC, Ohrbach R, Greenspan JD, Dubner R, Fillingim RB, Maixner W, Smith SB, Diatchenko L, Gonzalez Y, Gordon SM, Lim P-F, Ribeiro-Dasilva M, Dampier D, Knott C, Slade GD. Study protocol, sample characteristics, and loss to follow-up: the OPPERA prospective cohort study. J of Pain 14:12, Suppl 2, 2013:T2-T19.

10. Ohrbach R, Bair E, Fillingim RB, Gonzalez Y, Gordon SM, Lim P-F, Ribeiro-Dasilva M,  Diatchenko L, Dubner R, Greenspan JD, Knott C, Maixner W, Smith SB, Slade GD. Clinical orofacial characteristics associated with risk of first-onset TMD: the OPPERA prospective cohort study. J of Pain 14:12, Suppl 2, 2013:T33-T50.

11. Hersh EV, Ciancio SG, Kuperstein KS; Stoopler ET, Moore PA, Boynes SG, Levine SC, Casamassimo P, Levya R, Mathew T, Shibly O, Creighton P, Jeffers G, Corby P MA, Turetzky SN, Pappas A, Wallen J, Idzik-Starr C, Gordon SM. Efficacy, Tolerability and Label Compliance of Topical 10% and 20% Benzocaine Gels in Patients With Acute Toothache. J Am Dent Assoc 2013;144(5):517-526.

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