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Sharon M. Gordon, D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Advisor for Interdisciplinary Research
Academic Office Location:
Public Health Sciences
UConn Health
195 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-2910
Phone: 860-679-8890
B.A.University of North TexasBiology
DDSUniversity of Texas - Health Science Center Dental SchoolDoctorate of Dental Surgery
MPHJohn Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public HealthMaster of Public Health
Ph.D.Johns Hopkins University, School of Public HealthDoctorate of Philosophy

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyUniversity of Texas Health Science CenterGeneral Practice Residency
FellowshipNational Institute of Dental Research, NIHIndividual National Research Service Awardee (F35 DE05648) Neurobiology and Anesthesiology Branch
ResidencyNational Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)Resident, Dental Public Health, Molecular Epidemiology and Health Promotion Branch
FellowshipNational Institute of Dental Research, NIHStaff Fellow, Oral Infection and Immunity Branch

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Dr. Patricia Sokolove Outstanding Mentor AwardUMB Graduate School
Distinguished Scientist AwardPharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics Group, IADR
Phi ChapterOmicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society
Honorable Mention, Faculty Research, UMB Aging and Women's Health ResearchUMB
ScholarScholar, Bridging Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health
American College of DentistsAmerican College of Dentists
NIH Loan Repayment Award, Clinical Research Category, 2005-2012NIH Loan Repayment Award Program
Special Achievement AwardEqual Employment Opportunity
Graduate Student Merit AwardAAPHD
Scientific Director's Post-Doctoral Travel Award
Travel AwardUnilever
Edward H. Hatton Awards Competition, FinalistAADR
Scientific Director's Post-Doctoral Travel Award
Research AwardAnesthesia Research Foundation
Certificate of Recognition for Volunteer Services in a Foreign CountryADA
Caulk-Dentsply Award, First PlaceADA Clinical Science Symposium
UTHSC Pre-AADR/IADR Competition; First Place, Clinical Research CategoryUTHSC
First Runner-up, Clinical Research CategoryADA Clinical Science Symposium
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
American Board of Dental Public HealthProfessional/Scientific OrganizationVice PresidentExternalNational20182019
Commission on Dental Accreditation (2010 - 2015, 2018 - Present)Education CommitteeSite VisitorExternalNational2018
American Board of Dental Public HealthProfessional/Scientific OrganizationSecretary/TreasurerExternalNational20172018
American Board of Dental Public HealthProfessional/Scientific OrganizationDirectorExternalNational20152017
Beta Eta Chapter, East Carolina University School of Dental MedicineProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalRegional2015
American Board of Dental Public HealthProfessional/Scientific OrganizationDirector-electExternalNational20142015
Association of University TMD and Orofacial Pain ProgramsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationImmediate Past PresidentExternalNational20132014
Association of University TMD and Orofacial Pain ProgramsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationPresidentExternalNational20122013
Advocacy Day on Capital Hill (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017)ExternalNational2012
American Association of Women DentistsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2011
Association of University TMD and Orofacial Pain ProgramsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationPresident-electExternalNational20112012
Phi Chapter, University of Maryland Dental SchoolProfessional/Scientific OrganizationPresident-elect (2011), President (2012)ExternalUniversity20112015
Dentsply-Sirona Student Clinician Award Program (SCADA)(Board of Directors 2011-2018) (ex-oficio, Nominations Committee 2018-2019)ExternalNational2011
AADR National Student Research GroupFaculty AdvisorExternalNational20112017
American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (site visitor, 2010-2015, 2018)Advisory Committeesite visitorExternalNational20102018
Association of University TMD and Orofacial Pain ProgramsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20092014
Academy of General DentistryProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20092012
Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor SocietyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2008
American College of DentistsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20062013
American Association of Public Health DentistryProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1994
Federation of Special Care DentistryProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational19941999
American Association of Hospital DentistsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationFellowExternalNational1992
International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental ResearchProfessional/Scientific OrganizationVarious, including Secretary, Treasurer, President, plus various committeesExternalInternational1989
American Dental AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMember, Board Member, etc.ExternalNational1988
Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity, San Antonio ChapterEducation CommitteeMemberExternalRegional19861992

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • The Tempomandibular Joint
    Warburton G., Gordon S.M. Rheumatology 7th Edition 2017 Jan;
  • The Temporomandibular Joint
    Warburton G and Gordon SM Rheumatology, 7th ed 2017 Jan;
  • Use of Ibuprofen in Dentistry
    Raymond A. Dionne Sharon M. Gordon Stephen A. Cooper Ibuprofen: Discovery, Development and Therapeutics 2015 Jul;346-362
  • Pharmacological Advances in Orofacial Pain Management
    Cairns, B.E., Gordon, S.M., Dionne, R.A. Orofacial Pain: Recent Advances in Assessment, Management, and Understanding of Mechanisms 2015 Jan;


  • Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care
    Sharon Gordon Proceedings of the work group Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice. Health Services Resources Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, made public 2014 and adapted into the White Paper 2015 Jan;


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Community Service Leaming Centers: Extending the Reach for ResearcTalkECU School of Allied Health Brown Bag Research Seminar2018East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Outside the Funding Box: Industry PartnershipsTalkSTEM@Starlight/Research Mingle2017
Community Service Leaming Centers ... and Beyond"TalkECU Council on Engagement, Outreach, Research, Economic Development2017East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Pain and Analgesia (30 hr)LectureCollege of Oral Health Sciences, Univ. Technology2016Jamaica
Keynote speaker, Colgate Dental Student Research Conference, co-sponsored by ADA Foundation, Colgate, Volpe Research Center, and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of HealthPlenary LectureColgate Dental Student Research Conference2016Volpe Research Ctr at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
ECU School of Dental Medicine: Current and Future ResearchTalkDept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Brody School of Medicine2016East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
CE Facilitator, "Managing Risks in Opioid Prescribing"Panel DiscussionECU School of Dental Medicine2016East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Moderator, National Dental Town Hall teleconference, panel discussion of ADA resolution 37Panel DiscussionNational Dental Town Hall teleconference2016
Self-reported Facial Pain Among Participants Enrolled in the Osteoarthritis Initiative StudyTalkReg. Ctr for Neurosensory Disorders, Univ. of NC, Chapel Hill Sch. of Dent.2015Chapel Hill, NC
Putative Mechanotransducers Associated with Pain in Inflamed Tooth Pulp: Another Reason for Local Anesthetic FailureTalkEastern Carolina Dental Society2014
TMJD Symptoms in the Osteoarthritis Initiative Cohort StudyTalkHarvard University, School o Dental Medicine2012Harvard University
Painful 5-FU Neuro- and Mucotoxicity is Mediated by Inflammatory Dysregulation"TalkVirginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry2012Virginia Commonwealth University
"Meet a Mentor'' lunch and learn sessionTalk41st Annual Meeting of the AADR2012
Painful 5-FU Neuro- and Mucotoxicity is Mediated by Inflammatory Dysregulation"TalkUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey2012New Jersey
Oral Health Disparities Research and the Future Face of AmericaTalkAADR Fall Focused Symposium2012University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey
Keynote speaker Pharmacology, Therapeutics, Toxicology Section "Exploring mechanisms of bupivacaine-related nociception"Plenary LectureAnnual meeting of the International Association of Dental Research2011
Dental Student Research DayTalkADA/NIST/NIH joint program2011
Molecular and Clinical Correlates of PainTalkSchool of Dental Medicine2011Eastern Carolina University
Exploring mechanisms of bupivacaine-related nociceptionTalkSchool of Dental Medicine2011Medical University of South Carolina
Symposium organizer/chair "Individualizing Oral Health Care"TalkAnnual meeting of the International Association of Dental Research2011
Painful Peripheral Neuropathy and Mucotoxicity in Rats Receiving ChemotherapyTalkUniversity of Maryland Dental School, Department of Neural Pain Sciences2010University of Maryland, Baltimore MD
Co-chair and presenter in "Epidemiology of Oro facial Pain and Disorders" sessionPanel DiscussionAADR2009
Evidential Basis of Pharmacotherapeutics for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Grand RoundsTalkSinai Hospital Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry2009Sinai Hospital
Science and Art of Acute Pain ManagementTalkEvidence Based Dentistry seminar, UMB2009UMB
Invited speaker and workshop participant, : "Oral Lesions in Inflammatory Conditions: Studying the Immune Response of Oral Lesions"Panel DiscussionConference on CRMO/SAPHO and Behcet's Disease2008National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, NIH
IADR Symposium Chair and speaker, "Local Anesthetics: New and Improved?"TalkIADR2008
The Impact of Distribution on Drug Safety and EffectLectureBlaustein Conference2008Johns Hopkins University
Invited speaker and workshop facilitator, "The Rationale for Use of Evidence in DentistryTalkVirginia Commonwealth University Retreat2007Virginia Commonwealth University
Translational and Clinical ResearchTalkSkeletal, Craniofacial, and Oral Biology Symposium2006University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Translational Research"TalkThe 4th Scientific Meeting of the TMJ Association2006
Program Organizer and Speaker "Professional Skills Development Conference: A Series of Workshops"TalkNIDCR, NIH2004
NIDCR Research Training Programs, Board on Higher Education and WorkforceTalkNational Academies of Science2004
Co-Organizer and speaker, ADA Dental Student Research SymposiumTalkADA Dental Student Research Symposium2004
Speaker, HDA 11th Annual Dental Student ConferenceTalkHDA 11th Annual Dental Student Conference2003
Speaker, "Five-year Interim Evaluation of the NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award Program",TalkADEA/ IADR joint symposium2002
Co-Organizer and tour leader, ADA Dental Student Research SymposiumOtherADA2002
Summit on Dental Education, American Dental Association, Discussion LeaderTalkAmerican Dental Association2002
Panelist in a series of workshops on science careers at NIH: "Scientific Careers in the New Millenium"Panel DiscussionNIH2001
Invited speaker, "Clinical Trials and Tribulations"TalkNYU Clinical Research Symposium2001NYU
Program Organizer and Chair "Expanding the Capacity for Training in Clinical Research: Partnering Academic Industry and Federal Sectors"OtherAmerican Association of Dental Schools / IADR/ AADR joint symposium2000
Speaker, "Dental Student Research: Our Promise for the Future: Our Challenge for the New Millennium"TalkAmerican Association of Dental Schools/ IADR/AADRjoint symposium2000
Speaker "Emerging Research Training Opportunities for Tomorrow's Clinician Scientists"TalkAmerican Association of Dental Schools/ IADR/ AADR joint symposium2000
ADA Dental Student Research SymposiumTalkADA Dental Student Research Symposium2000
Speaker, "An Alum's Career Path"TalkSan Antonio Chapter AADR Student Research Group2000San Antonio
Competency Development Working Group Director's Workshop National Dental Public Health Program (1999, 2000, 2001)Panel DiscussionAmerican Assoc. Public Health Dentistry Health Resources Services Agency1999
Working group participant "Workshop on Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience"Panel DiscussionCommittee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy1999National Academies of Science
Lunch and Learn, "Clinical Research in an Era of Regulatory Change"TalkInternational Association for Dental Research1999
Speaker, "Hospital Emergency Department Visits for Craniofacial Injuries, 1993-1994"TalkSymposium: "Use of Federal Databases"1998American Association of Dental Research
Speaker and Tour Leader, "Future of Treatment of Aphthous Ulcers: Thalidomide"TalkADA Dental Student Research Symposium1998
Speaker, "Prevention of Pain"TalkScientific Frontiers, American Dental Association1996ADA