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Elizabeth Palmer, M.S., D.M.D. (she/her)

  • Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry
  • Clinical Site Director, Pediatric Residency, School of Denistry


Dr. Elizabeth Palmer received her dental degree in 2008 from the Oregon Health & Science University, having previously completed her BS and MS degrees in Biology at the University of Nevada. She earned her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 2010 from the Oregon Health & Science University. She went on to gain further training and experience in translational research and completed a Certificate in Human Investigations (2016) also at the Oregon Health & Science University.

Upon completing her residency training, Dr. Palmer joined OHSU as a fulltime faculty member (2010-2014). She moved to the University of Washington Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 2014 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She then returned to OHSU to serve as the Program Director for the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry (2017-2022). Dr. Palmer moved into the position of  Clinical Site Director for the Pediatric Dentistry Resident Clinic in 2023 and currently holds this position as well as the rank of Associate Professor.

As a lifelong learner and educator, Dr. Palmer’s research interests focus on the microbiome and host interactions in the presence of oral health and disease. She is also involved in improving the interdisciplinary approach to medical and dental care for patients with medical complexities and/or disabilities. She works hard to empower her learners to approach each patient as an individual, to think about that individual as a whole person, and to identify measures to support the individual in their journey toward health.

Dr. Palmer became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2011. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry since 2017. She currently serves as a board examiner, a member of the Oral Clinical Examination Committee, and a member of the Program Director Committee for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She maintains a practice limited to pediatric dentistry with a special focus and interest in caring for the area’s most complex patients.

To view a list of Dr. Palmer's publications on the NIH National Library of Medicine, please see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1BYQvrRwSPF95e/bibliography/public/

Education and training

    • B.S., 1999, University of Nevada
    • M.S., 2001, University of Nevada
    • D.M.D., 2008, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Residency

    • Pediatric Dentistry, Oregon Health & Science University, 2010
  • Certifications

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, 2011

Memberships and associations:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2017-present
  • Member, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Program Director Committee, 2021-present
  • Board Examiner, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Oral Clinical Examination, 2019-present
  • Member, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Oral Clinical Examination Committee Part B, 2019-present
  • Clinical Director, Special Olympics Oregon Special Smiles, 2011-2015
  • Member, American Dental Education Association
  • Member, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member, American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member, Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Areas of interest

  • Microbiome and host interactions in oral health and disease
  • Interdisciplinary approach to medical and dental care for patients with medical complexities and/or disabilities
  • Medical management of dental caries

Honors and awards

  • 2023 Nominated and finalist for the OHSU Gender Equity in Academic Health and Medicine 2023 Clinical Excellence Award
  • 2019 OHSU Continuing Professional Development Clinical Star Award for 2018-2019
  • 2018-2023 HRSA: OHSU Hospital Dental Services Faculty Loan Repayment Recipient
  • 2015 University of Washington, Department of Pediatric Dentistry Teaching Award
  • 2008 American Association of Oral Biologists Award
  • 2008 Certificate of Merit AAPD Predoctoral Student Award


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Selected publications

  • Textbook: 
  • Traumatic Dental Injuries in Children: A Clinical Guide to Management and Prevention Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, Switzerland, 2020 Rebecca L Slayton and Elizabeth A Palmer
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  • Book chapters:  
  • Nutritional Considerations for Optimal Oral Health in CSHCN Dental Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Clinical Guide. Ed. Jessica R Webb, Travis M Nelson. Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland. 2019. Pp. 123-140. Elizabeth A Palmer
  • Pediatric Dentistry Complications and Challenges Avoiding and Treating Dental Complications: Best Practices in Dentistry. Ed. Deborah A Termeie. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Ames, Iowa, 2016. pp. 176-201 Rebecca L Slayton and Elizabeth A Palmer
  • Mutans streptococci genetic strains in children with severe early childhood caries: Implications for caries incidence and treatment outcome Epidemiology – Theory, Research and Practice. iConcept Press LTD, United States of America. 2014. pp. 1-20. Kenneth Gilbert, Alexander Sonesson, Nhu Nguyen, Uyen Nguyen, Alex H Vo, Elizabeth A Palmer, Tom Maier, and Curtis A Machida


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