About the University of Kentucky Orofacial Pain Center
The Orofacial Pain Center at the University of Kentucky was founded in 1977 for the purpose of helping patients suffering with various temporomandibular disorders. Since that time it has expanded into a multi-disciplinary center for the management of complex orofacial pain problems, including temporomandibular disorders. Patients are routinely evaluated by dentists, clinical psychologists and physical therapists. Medical and dental specialists are called upon regularly to assist in the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems.
In 1997 the University of Kentucky Orofacial Pain Master's Degree Program was nationally accredited by the Post-Graduate Education Committee of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. The Kentucky Program was the first to achieve this national accreditation.
Goals of the Orofacial Pain Center
The goals of the Orofacial Pain Center are to provide excellence in patient care, education, and research in the area of orofacial pain.
Philosophy of the Orofacial Pain Center
Members of the Orofacial Pain Center Faculty at the University of Kentucky are dedicated to the diagnosis and management of the full scope of orofacial pain problems within the context of contemporary clinical science. In addition, faculty members are committed to the undergraduate and graduate education of dental students, dentists, and other health care professionals interested in the area of orofacial pain. Of greatest importance, however, is the faculty's dedication to offer ethical, compassionate, comprehensive, and scientifically-based patient care and to recognize that it is a privilege to help our patients improve the quality of their lives.
The Orofacial Pain Center Facility
The Orofacial Pain Center is located on the fifth floor of the College of Dentistry. The College of Dentistry is located in one wing of the A. B. Chandler Medical Center on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky. The facility is made up of a private patient reception and waiting room with an adjacent secretarial office. The treatment area consists of six private dental cubicles and an additional room used for clinical research. There is also a doctor consultation room, a residents' office with multiple computers connected to e-mail and the Internet, and a dental laboratory.
Administrative Structure of the Orofacial Pain Center
Reny de Leeuw, DDS, PhD –Division Chief
Jeffrey P. Okeson, DMD – Program Director
Charles R. Carlson, PhD – Research Director & Director of Behavioral Medicine
Medical Center Library
The holdings of the Medical Center Library are quite extensive. The card catalog can be accessed online via the Library's website. In addition, numerous Journals are accessible online. Computing facilities are available in the library for student use. Several classes are available including but not limited classes in conducting on- and offline literature searches.
W.T. Young Library
Opened on April 3, 1998, the 58 million dollar library stands as a monument to the University of Kentucky's commitment to present and future generations and their education. The building measures 361,000 square feet, seats over 4,000 patrons, and houses 1.2 million volumes. Available to students are over 3,500 computer network ports, 600 personal computers, private study rooms and the latest in state-of-the-art technologies.