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The primary academic and clinical faculty of the Department of Oral Medicine includes:

  • Peter B. Lockhart, DDS, Chairman
  • Tanya Rouleau, Director General Practice Residency
  • Michael T. Brennan, DDS, MHS, Director Oral Medicine Residency
  • Anita Patel, DMD
  • Joel J. Napeñas, DDS

    View the entire clinical faculty of the Department of Oral Medicine for 2012-2013.

    In addition, more than 30 practitioners from the community volunteer their time in the clinical teaching program. This well-rounded and dedicated group of general practitioners and specialists ensures high quality instruction for our residents.

    Peter Lockhart, DDS

    Peter B. Lockhart, DDS
    A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Lockhart graduated from University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. After completing a two-year GPR at University of Vermont College of Medicine, he joined the faculty at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he directed the GPR program, practiced, taught, and conducted clinical research for 10 years. He joined Carolinas Medical Center as Chairman of the Department of Oral Medicine and Director of Residency Training in 1987. He has held leadership positions in several national and international organizations. He was a recipient of a World Health Organization Fellowship in Oral Medicine in 1994 and a TC White Visiting Professorship in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1997-98. He holds Fellowship in Dental Surgery diplomas from both The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He has a variety of clinical and research interests in oral medicine, particularly the dental management of medically compromised patients. He has written many articles and chapters and is the editor of a popular textbook, Dental Care for the Medically Complex Patient. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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    Tanya Rouleau

    Tanya Rouleau, DMD
    Dr. Rouleau graduated with distinction and received her doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She completed both a general practice and an oral medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Rouleau is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Oral Medicine, Special Care Dentistry Association, and Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology. Her clinical and research interests are diverse and include the dental treatment of patients with complex medical conditions; and the treatment of oral mucosal disorders, salivary gland disorders, and facial pain. In her free time, Dr. Rouleau enjoys going on mission trips, camping, hiking and playing ice hockey.

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    Michael Brennan, DDSMichael T. Brennan, DDS, MHS
    A native of Iowa, Dr. Brennan attended University of Iowa for both his undergraduate and dental training. After his dental training, he completed a GPR at Loyola University Hospital, Chicago. Following residency training, he received a Certificate in Oral Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and a Master's of Health Science in Clinical Research from Duke University. He then joined the Department of Oral Medicine in June 2000, and serves as the Oral Medicine Residency Director. He has a number of clinical interests including the management of mucosal and salivary gland diseases, mucositis, facial pain and medically compromised patients. He and his wife, Joanne, have two children and enjoy numerous outdoor sports.


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    Anita PatelAnita Patel, DMD
    A native of Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, E. Africa, Dr. Patel moved to the United States in 1979. She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. After completing a one year GPR program (with an optional second year) at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Dental School (UMDNJ-NJDS), she completed a 9 month distance learning, with a one month clinical rotation Fellowship program at the University of Washington in Dental Education for Care of the Disabled (DECOD). In 1997, she joined the Division of Oral Medicine at UMDNJ-NJDS, as a part-time faculty member in the GPR program. In the same year, she also joined Jersey Shore Medical Center as a part time attending in the GPR program and staff dentist. Also, in 1997, she joined a private practice part-time for a year. From 2000 to 2007, she served as GPR program and Division of Hospital Dentistry director at UMDNJ-NJDS. Her clinical interests include hospital dentistry, management of special needs patients, dental management of medically compromised patients, and dental management of the head and neck cancer patients. She and her husband, Harish, have two children.

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    Michael Brennan, DDSJoel J. Napeñas, DDS
    A native of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Napeñas graduated from the University of Western Ontario School of Dentistry in 2002 after having attained an Honors B.Sc. in Physiology at the University of Toronto in 1998. Postdoctoral training includes a one-year General Practice Residency (GPR) from the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, OH, and he received a Certificate in Oral Medicine after two years at Carolinas Medical Center. Upon completion of his training, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Houston as Director of the GPR program. He returned to the Department of Oral Medicine in January 2007, and served as Director of the GPR program. Dr. Napeñas is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Diplomate in Special Care Dentistry and Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists. His clinical and research interests in oral medicine include hospital dentistry, dental management of medically compromised patients, oral mucosal diseases, oral oncology, temporomandibular disorders / orofacial pain and salivary gland disorders.

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