Academic Programs

Orofacial Pain Program


Program Director
Dr. Pei Feng Lim

Phone: (919) 537-3939


Location: 2050 First Dental Bldg

Orofacial Pain Clinic
UNC School of Dentistry
Campus Box #7450
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7450


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers an Orofacial Pain Certificate Program, and a combined Orofacial Pain Certificate and Oral Biology PhD Program (with focus on pain neurobiology). The Orofacial Pain Certificate Program is a two-year program leading to a certificate in orofacial pain. Candidates interested in the combined Orofacial Pain Certificate and Oral Biology PhD Program must apply separately to both programs and be independently accepted by both programs.

The Orofacial Pain Certificate program is approved and accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. The program include clinics, didactic curriculum, journal club, case conferences, research, and rotations to specialized pain clinics affiliated with the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and UNC Hospitals. Half of the program time is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of orofacial pain. The didactic curriculum encompasses biomedical sciences, functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of pain, behavioral sciences, clinical sciences, multidisciplinary pain management, teaching and research. Upon completion of the program, the residents are eligible for examination and certification by the American Board of Orofacial Pain.