Lauren Patton, DDS

Dr. Patton is Professor and Chair Department of Dental Ecology at the UNC School of Dentistry and Director of the GPR program. Current Vice President of the AAOM, she is a Diplomate and past President of the ABOM. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She earned her DDS at UNC and attended the 2-year UNC GPR and the 2-year NIDCR Clinical Dental Staff Fellowship for her Oral Medicine/Research training.

During her 27 years on UNC faculty, 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 140 papers, monographs and book chapters; and lectured internationally on oral manifestations and management of patients with medical complexities, such as HIV/AIDS and oral cancer. She is the Oral Medicine Section Editor of Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol.