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Keith A. Mays, PhD, DDS, MS
Section Chief of Prosthodontics
Clinical Associate Professor
   BS – Morgan State University, 1983
   DDS – University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, 1989
   GPR- Certificate,University of Michigan, 1991
   MS - University of Iowa, 1994
   PhD - University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2010
Society Memberships
   American College of Prosthodontists
   American Dental Association
   American Dental Education Association
   American/International Associate for Dental Research
   Dysphagia Research Society
   National Dental Association
Teaching Areas
Pre-doctoral Prosthodontics specifically Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Prosthodontics, and Implant Prosthodontics.
Research Interests
Oral Motor Function, specifically compensatory movements of the tongue and jaw during speech, swallowing, and mastication. The contribution of orofacial morphology contributes as a predictor of functional movements during speech, mastication, and swallowing.

Clinical Interests
Crown and Bridge, Implant restorations, Implant retained complete dentures, obturators, and digital dentistry.
Biographical Information
Dr. Mays joined the faculty of East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine in 2011in the capacity of Section Chief of Prosthodontics. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He earned a B.S. in biology from Morgan State University in 1983, a D.D.S. from the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry in 1989, and then he completed a one year General Practice Residency at the University of Michigan Hospital and Clinics. He received a Certificate and a Master’s of Science in Prosthodontics from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry in 1994. Dr. Mays received a Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Maryland Dental School. Dr. Mays’ academic career has included clinical instruction and preclinical laboratory instruction, student advisor, maintaining a private practice in the UMDS Faculty Practice, and serving as the Assistant Director of the University of Maryland General Practice Residency Program. Married to Dr. Grishondra Branch-Mays
Mays, KA, Stone, M. Characterization of Mandibular Movement during Speech in Response to Oral Perturbation. Archives of Oral Biology. 2011 May; 56(5):474-82.
Matsuo, K, Metani, H, Mays, KA, Palmer, JB. Effect of Respiration on Soft Palate Movement in Feeding. Journal of Dental Research 2010, 89(12):1401-6.
Mays KA, Palmer JB, Kuhlemeier KV. Craniofacial Morphology and Hyoid Movement: A Correlational Study. Dysphagia, 2009, 24(1):71-76.
Matsuo, K, Metani, H, Mays, KA, Palmer, JB. Temporospatial Linkage of soft palate and jaw movements in feeding. Japanese Journal of Dysphagia Rehabilitation, 2008, 12(1);20-30.
Tohara H, Saitoh E., Mays KA, Palmer JB.  Three Tests for Predicting Aspiration without Videofluorography. Dysphagia 2003 Spring 18(2) 126-34.
Mays, KA. Reestablishing Occlusal Vertical Dimension using a Diagnostic Treatment Prosthesis in the Edentulous Patient-A Clinical Report. J of Prosth 2003 12(1) 30-36.