Lauren Patton, DDS, professor and director of the general practice residency program at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, was named president of the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) during their Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. She previously served as secretary and vice president of the AAOM.
“I am excited to lead the Academy into the 75th anniversary year of its founding as we seek to realize our vision of integrating medicine and dentistry to promote oral health,” said Patton.
“This is an incredible honor for Dr. Patton, and we are immensely proud that she has been selected to serve AAOM in this capacity,” said Scott S. De Rossi, DMD, MBA, dean of the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. “She is a wonderful steward of our school and our profession, and we are thrilled that she has been tapped to serve in this important role.”
Patton is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She is the oral medicine section editor of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology. She completed her DDS degree and general practice residency at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. She followed her studies with a two-year clinical dental staff fellowship in oral medicine/research training at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
During her 28 years as a faculty member at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, 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 more than 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.