New OMFS Chair

Pamela Hughes

Pamela J. Hughes, D.D.S., joins the OHSU School of Dentistry this month after an extensive national search. Dr. Hughes comes to OHSU from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she was an associate professor, and Advanced Education Program Director in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences.

Dr. Hughes is a native of the Detroit-area. She received her doctor of dental science from the University of Detroit-Mercy, and certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the University of Minnesota. She is also a 2008 graduate of the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute.

After her OMFS certification, Dr. Hughes was in private practice for many years in the Chicago area, before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2005. She is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Hughes has four main research interests:  Sjogren’s Syndrome, bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis, clinical outpatient oral and maxillofacial surgery, and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, and she has numerous published papers, book chapters, research abstracts, and presentations.

In 2009, Dr. Hughes received the Faculty Educator Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.