UW School of Dentistry


Sara Gordon , DDS, MS

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Oral Medicine


Dr. Sara Gordon is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Oral Medicine at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry.

A 1986 graduate of Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry, she established and ran a successful general dental practice in Nova Scotia for 8 years. During these years she also taught oral diagnosis and oral pathology at Dalhousie University part time, practiced in the university Mouth Clinic, and consulted for the children’s hospital and an Alzheimer facility.  Dr. Gordon was an oral pathology resident at University Hospital, London, Ontario 1993-1997 and completed a Master of Science in Pathology in 1996, with a thesis entitled Foreign Body Gingivitis. Dr. Gordon taught general, systemic, and oral pathology at the University of Detroit Mercy 1997-2006 and practiced in the oral medicine, radiology, oral diagnosis, and screening clinics. She established and directed the UDM Tobacco Dependence Treatment Program. She also practiced at the Oral Pathology Diagnostic Service at St John Hospital in Detroit.  In Chicago from 2006-2014, Dr. Gordon taught general, systemic, and oral pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and practiced in the oral medicine clinic. She established and directed the UIC Oral Pathology Diagnostic Service. She moved to the University of Washington in 2014 to help establish the new curriculum.

Dr. Gordon is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in both Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, and a Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a Fellow, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), Drexel University.

Dr. Gordon is a past president of the Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Medicine. She is a site consultant for oral pathology, for the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, and a national specialty examiner in oral medicine and oral pathology for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. She has served on the executive committees of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Oral Pathology, Council of Michigan Dental Specialties, Nova Scotia Dental Association, and several sections of the American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Gordon has taught more than 120 continuing education courses, and authored or co-authored nearly 100 journal articles, textbook chapters, posters and abstracts. She is currently very active nationally in dental education. Her research interests lie at the convergence of oral health and systemic health.

Recent Publications

Davis JM, Arnett M, Loewen JM, Romito LM, Gordon SC. Tobacco Dependence Education: a survey of US and Canadian dental schools. J Am Dent Assoc. 2016;147(6):405-12.

Gordon SC, Donoff B. Problems and solutions for interprofessional education in North American dental schools. In: Impact of Oral Health on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. Linda Kaste and Leslie Halpern, ed. Dental Clinics of North America. 2016;60(4):811-24.

Gordon SC, MacDonald NE. Dealing with measles in dental practice: a forgotten foe makes a comeback. J Am Dent Assoc. July 2015, 146(7):558-60.

Fitzpatrick S, Hirsch S, Gordon SC. The malignant transformation of oral lichen planus and oral lichenoid lesions: a systematic review. J Am Dent Assoc. 2014;145(1):45-56.

Szylkowska E, Kaste LM, Schreiner J, Gordon SC, Lee DJ. Comparison of systemic health conditions between African American and Caucasian complete denture patients. J Prosthodont. 2014;23(5):341-6.

Halpern LR, Kaste LM, Briggs C, DiPietro LA, Erwin K, Frantsve-Hawley K, Gordon SC, Heaton B, Henshaw MM, Joskow R, Reisine SC, Sinkford JC. Preface: Women’s oral health: growing evidence for enhancing perspectives. In: Gender Disparities in Oral Health and Disease, Leslie Halpern and Linda Kaste, ed. Dental Clinics of North America. 2013;57(2): xv-xxviii.

Russell S, Gordon SC, Kaste LM, Lukacs J. Sex/Gender differences in tooth loss and edentulism: historical perspectives, biological factors, and sociologic reasons. In: Gender Disparities in Oral Health and Disease, Leslie Halpern and Linda Kaste, ed. Dental Clinics of North America. 57(2):317-37.

Epstein JB, Gordon SC. Managing patients with red or red-white oral lesions. J Canadian Dent Assoc. J Can Dent Assoc. 2013;79:d95.

Sun Y, Lu Y, Engeland C, Gordon SC, Sroussi HY. The anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and protective effect of S100A8 in endotoxemic mice. Mol Immunol. 2012;53(4):443-449.

Gordon SC, Kaste LM, Barasch A, Safford MM, Foong WC, ElGeneidy A. Prenuptial dental extractions in Acadian women: first report of a cultural tradition. J Women’s Health (Larchmt). 2011;20(12):1813-8.

Kolokythas A, Schwartz J, Pytynia KB, Panda S, Yao M, Homann B, Sroussi HY. Epstein JB, Gordon SC, Adami GR. Analysis of RNA from brush cytology detects changes in B2M CYP1B1 and KRT levels with oral squamous cell carcinoma in tobacco users. Oral Oncol. 2011;47(6):532-6.