Columbia Dental School Names TMJD Expert as New Dean

Columbia UniversityColumbia University College of Dental Medicine will be led by a new dean starting this year. After a decade under the direction of Dr. Ira B Lamster, Dr. Christian S. Stohler, a leading expert on pain management and temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJD) took the reins on August 1st, this year.

Dr. Stohler made huge strides during his time at University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. The school became the largest public dental school in the US, increased volunteer commitment to teach real-world dentistry, fostered faculty entrepreneurship, revamped the school’s business operations, expanded the school’s global presence, and led the construction of a new, fully digital academic and clinical facility.

“Dr. Stohler has demonstrated a remarkable ability to promote all the missions of a great dental college,” says Dr. Goldman. “We are confident that he will build upon our legacy of leadership in academic dentistry, which began here at Columbia nearly a century ago.”

“I am delighted to join Columbia University,” said Dr. Stohler. “The bold leadership at the College of Dental Medicine, including a president I know from my time at Michigan; the pervasive and unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation; and the impressive esprit de corps among the faculty, which includes world-class clinicians—all of this makes Columbia a dream opportunity for me.”

Dr. Stohler has helped lead work in genetics, endocrinology, and neurobiology of the human response to pain – particularly in patients with TMJD, a chronic and painful jaw joint disorder that affects nearly 5-12% of the population. He was also a member of the team that first showed how a placebo could relieve pain enough to prompt the brain to release endorphins, the body’s own painkillers, and that this corresponds with a reduction in how much pain a person experiences.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine has a long and illustrious history as well. Currently, major research projects include the use of stem cells for craniofacial reconstruction and the relationship between oral health and systemic diseases.

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