Chairman -Dr. Gordon

Newton C. Gordon, BSc, DDS, MS

In 1973, Dr. Newton Gordon was appointed to the full-time faculty of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of California San Francisco, and is currently Health Sciences Clinical Professor. He has served as Chief of Dentistry/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center since 1979. He specializes in dental implants, dentoalveolar surgery, oral and facial infection, pre-prosthetic surgery, reconstructive surgery and maxillofacial trauma. Gordon’s area of research interest is pain mechanisms and management, which has been continuously funded by NIH-NIDCR and NIH-NINR from 1979. This project generated more than 35 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. His current focus is analgesic synergy and the role of gender and sex hormones in opioid analgesia.

In 1970, Gordon received his dental degree (D.D.S.) from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He completed (1973) his residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. Concurrently, he was enrolled in the Graduate College of the same institution and received a master’s degree (M.S.) for bench research.

Gordon is the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching, leadership and civic awards and honors. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) and holds fellowships in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS), International College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ICOMS), Academy of Dentistry International (ADI), International College of Dentists (ICD), and American College of Dentists (ACD). In addition, in 1999, Gordon was appointed Honorary Consul (Diplomatic Corp) of Jamaica with responsibility for San Francisco, Northern California and Nevada. In 2001, he also was appointed to the Dental Board of California (DBC) for a four-year term by former Governor Gray Davis and was elected president of the DBC for two consecutive one-year terms, 2004 and 2005.

He has been a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA) for twenty-seven years, and has served both as a delegate and member of the reference committee for several years. In 2001 and 2005, the chaired the reference committee.

Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board for a non-profit, charitable corporation [501 © (3)], and as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for three incorporated professional societies [two 501 © (6) and one 501 © (3)]. He also serves as a delegate to the California Dental Association (CDA) and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA).