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Dr. Lauren Patton

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Dr. Patton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Ecology. She is a Diplomate and past President of the American Board of Oral Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, and was awarded a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Her primary teaching responsibility is in the General Practice Residency program and training dental students who rotate through the UNC Hospitals Dental Clinic and operating rooms. Her special clinical interests are in the management of special needs and medically complex dental patients and diagnosing and managing oral manifestations of systemic disease.

Dr. Patton is an investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Oral HIV/AIDS Research Alliance affiliated with the AIDS Clinical Trials Network. Her research interests include oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS, oral cancer prevention and early detection, oral complications of cancer therapy, clinical trials, and evidence-based dentistry.

Since arrival on UNC faculty in 1990, she has conducted industry and federal government-funded clinical and health services research; participated in teaching at dental hygiene, dental, and post-doctoral levels; published over 100 papers, monographs and book chapters; and lectured nationally and internationally on oral manifestations and management of patients with medical complexities, such as HIV/AIDS and oral cancer. She has consulted for the U.S. government, industry, and professional organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, and the U.S. Health Resource Services Administration's (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions. She has been a peer reviewer for the NIH, HRSA, the American Heart Association and multiple journals. She is on the editorial board of the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics and is Associate Editor for population studies for the journal Oral Diseases. She edited the book "The ADA Practical Guide to Patients with Medical Conditions" published in 2012 by John Wiley, Inc.