Samuel P Nesbit, DDS, MS



  • MS, Oral Diagnosis/Radiology, University of Michigan, 1981
  • DDS, Case Western Reserve University, 1976
  • BA, Biology, College of Wooster, 1973


Sam Nesbit is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry, director of the Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Service, and director for courses in oral diagnosis, treatment planning, ethics in dentistry, and human relations in dentistry at the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry. He participates in the Dental Faculty Practice Generalist Group and is the chair-elect of the faculty at the Adams School of Dentistry.

Nesbit has received numerous teacher appreciation awards from D.D.S. and dental hygiene classes. In 1986 and 1994, he received the Richard F. Hunt Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2002, he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award from the organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis.

Outside of the school’s walls, Nesbit has served as the school’s representative on the Council of Faculties in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). He is a past president of the Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis and past chair of the Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine Section of ADEA. He spent two years as a commissioned officer with the Indian Health Service and remains on inactive reserve with the USPHS. In addition to numerous in-state dental missions, he has participated in mission projects in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Ukraine and Kenya.

Nesbit is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Dental Schools and the Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis. He received the Fellowship Award (FAGD) with the Academy of General Dentistry in 1990 and for eight years served on the committee to write the AGD Fellowship Examination.

Along with Steve Stefanac of the University of Michigan, Nesbit is the co-author of Treatment Planning in Dentistry, now in its second edition.