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Dr. Joel Epstein

Dr. Epstein graduated from Dentistry from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He received a certificate in Oral Medicine and Masters’ of Science Degree in Dentistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA, in 1979. He is a Fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of Canada in Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a Diplomate American Board of Oral Medicine and was an examiner and President of the Board of Oral Medicine.

He was Professor and Head of the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and is currently Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Oral Cancer Biology, Prevention and Treatment at the Chicago Cancer Center, College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head of Surgery of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was on staff at Rush Medical Center and Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago.

Prior to relocating to Chicago, he was Professor of Oral Medicine and Director of the Graduate Program in Oral Medicine, and the DECOD (Dental Care for the Disabled) Program, at the University of Washington, Seattle WA. He was on the medical/dental staff of the British Columbia Cancer Agency; and Head of the Department of Dentistry at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre; as well as on staff at other teaching hospitals in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia.

He is currently Proffessor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and a Collaborative Member of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA and Consulting Staff, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, He conducts a private referral practice in Oral Medicine. Dr. Epstein has published in the area of oncology, infectious disease, facial pain and general areas of Oral Medicine, with more than seven hundred contributions to the literature in the form of papers, abstracts, text books, and book chapters.