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Robert J. Steelman M.D., D.M.D.

  • (503) 346-4834
    • Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care School of Medicine
    • Professor of Pediatric Dentistry School of Dentistry
    • Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

Dr. Robert Steelman specializes in the care of critically ill and injured children with a special emphasis in the care of post-operative surgical and trauma patients. He has over 20 years of critical care experience and over 30 years of experience in dental surgery for children and adults with developmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Steelman lives in Portland with his wife, Marie, and still enjoys his work outside of OHSU with the United States Federal Healthcare Services.

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Areas of interest

  • Pediatric cardiac and surgical critical care
  • Dental surgery for children with complex medical conditions


  • B.A., University of Washington, Seattle Washington 1972
  • D.M.D., Washington University School of Dental Medicine, St. Louis Missouri 1982
  • M.S., Baylor University, Dallas Texas United States 1989
  • M.D., West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown West Virginia 1993
  • Internship:

    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Emory University: 1983
    • Pediatrics/Anesthesia: West Virginia University School of Medicine:1994
  • Residency:

    • Residency: Pediatrics; West Virginia University School of Medicine: 1996
    • Residency: Pediatric Dentistry; Baylor College of Dentistry:1989
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric critical care medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine, 1998
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Pediatrics: 1994, 2004, 2014
    • American Board Pediatrics Sub Board Critical Care Medicine: 2002, 2012
    • Americ Board Pediatric Dentistry: 2006
    • MSNDRCSEd, Hospital Dentistry/Special Needs Dentistry: 2002

Honors and awards

  • Fellow, American College Critical Care Medicine

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society Critical Care Medicine
  • American Academy Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board Pediatric Dentistry: Oral Clinical Examination


  • "Radiological case of the month" JAMA Pediatrics  1997
  • "Aspiration of a tooth in a patient with a tracheostomy." Clinical Pediatrics May 1997
  • "Benign maxillary antral mucosal cyst in a child." Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry September 1988
  • "Nalmefene to prevent epidural narcotic side effects in pediatric patients" Pharmacotherapy  2000
  • "Quantification of trismus following irradiation of the temporomandibular joint." Missouri dental journal (Jefferson City, Mo.) November 1986
  • "Case report" AACN Advanced Critical Care  2014
  • "Analgesia for pediatric thoracostomy tube removal" Anesthesia and Analgesia  2000
  • "Ectopic developing permanent teeth in a five-year-old" Journal of Dentistry for Children July 1986
  • "Pregnancy tumor in a 16-year-old" Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry March 1992
  • "The dicrotic pulse" Pediatric Cardiology August 2007
  • "Masticator space abscess in a 21-month-old child" International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology Extra September 2006
  • "Subcutaneous emphysema during restorative dentistry" International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry May 2007
  • "Oral surgery in a child with a prosthetic aortic valve and pulmonary artery stent at risk for thromboembolism" Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry December 2007
  • "Rapid physical assessment of the injured child" Journal of Endodontics March 2013
  • "The distinction between the exposed regions and the buried regions of apoproteins in high density lipoproteins by their reactivities with pronase" Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications February 12 1980
  • "Outpatient dental treatment of pediatric patients with malignant hyperthermia" Journal of Dentistry for Children January 1992
  • "Effects of diet on apoprotein E levels and on the apoprotein E subspecies in human plasma lipoproteins" Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism  1980
  • "Traumatic avulsion of the mandibular right primary lateral incisor and cuspid." Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry June 1991
  • "Total airway obstruction by a mucous plug relieved with extreme positive pressure" Journal of Emergency Nursing October 2004
  • "Ectopic developing mandibular premolar" Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology December 1986
  • "Persistent left fifth aortic arch in a child without congenital heart disease" Cardiovascular Reviews and Reports  1999
  • "Age and sex predilection of unmanageable Hispanic pediatric dental patients." Journal of Dentistry for Children May 1991
  • "Aspiration of a primary tooth in a patient with a tracheostomy" Special Care in Dentistry  1997
  • "Suspected inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone in a male with mental retardation." Special Care in Dentistry March 1992
  • "Chlorhexidine spray effects on plaque accumulation in developmentally disabled patients" Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry  1996
  • "Questions unanswered" AACN Advanced Critical Care July 2007
  • "Inability to alkalinize urine in a patient at risk for tumor lysis syndrome" Pediatric Hematology and Oncology March 2008
  • "Incidence of an accessory distal root on mandibular first permanent molars in Hispanic children." Journal of Dentistry for Children March 1986
  • "Ventricular fibrillation following synchronized cardioversion in junctional ectopic tachycardia" AACN Advanced Critical Care January 2014
  • "Idiopathic myelofibrosis" Special Care in Dentistry March 1991

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