Gregory Kent Essick

  • EDUCATION
    • Salk Institute. La Jolla, California. 1985 Postdoctoral. Res. Fellowship (Neurophysiology)
    • University of North Carolina. Department of Physiology
      Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 1983 Physiology
    • University of North Carolina. Department of Physiology. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 1981 Postdoctoral Res. Fellowship
    • University of North Carolina. School of Dentistry. Pain Clinic, Dental Research Center Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 1979 Postdoctoral Clin. Fellowship
      (Orofacial Pain)
    • University of North Carolina. School of Dentistry. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  1979 Dentistry
    • University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  1974 Mathematics
  • Licensure and Certification
    • 2017 Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
    • 1979 North Carolina Dental Practice License (#4635)
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Academic or Professional Appointments
    • 2020-2025 Adjunct Professor, Division of Comprehensive Oral Health – Prosthodontics. UNC Adams School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC
    • 2017-2020 Professor, Division of Comprehensive Oral Health – Prosthodontics. UNC Adams School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC (phased retirement)
    • 2013-2020 Adjunct Professor, Department of Allied Health Sciences
      UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
    • 2001-2017 Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, UNC School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC
    • 1995 Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Prosthodontics,
      UNC School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC
    • 1988 Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, UNC School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC
    • 1987 Affiliation with Curriculum in Neurobiology
    • 1985 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Removable Prosthodontics, UNC School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC
    • 1983 Research Associate, Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology, The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA
    • 1982 Research Associate, Department of Physiology, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
  • HONORS AND AWARDS
    • 2015 Recipient of the Four Corners Study Club Faculty Mentoring Award
    • 2013 Recipient of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Clinical Research Award
    • 2013 Recipient of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Clinical Excellence Award
    • 2008 Recipient of the 2008 William J. Gies Award for Clinical Research
    • 1998 Recipient of the Editors’ Award from Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
    • 1998 Featured in the Dean’s Report ‘Dedication to Research’
    • 1973 Phi Beta Kappa
    • 1973 Johnston Scholarship
    • 1970 Phi Eta Sigma
  • SLEEP MEDICINE RELATED ACTIVITIES
    • Brief Bio sketch
      Dr. Greg Essick is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Oral Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously as a full-time faculty member at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, he oversaw the Dental Sleep Clinic, which provided the school’s venue for patient care, education and research in oral appliance and combination therapy for sleep-disordered breathing. During this period, Dr. Essick provided much of the school’s continuing education in sleep medicine to practicing dentists in North Carolina. He authors/co-authors over 120 journal articles and book chapters, the most recent ones pertaining to sleep medicine. Dr. Essick is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a past chair of the Academy’s Research Committee, and current chair of the Academy’s Academic Dental Sleep Medicine Council. He co-chaired a task force of the North Carolina Dental Society to develop a position statement for the practice of Dental Sleep Medicine in North Carolina, which was adopted in May, 2019. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
  • HONORS AND AWARDS
    • 2013 Recipient of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Clinical Research Award
    • 2013 Recipient of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Clinical Excellence Award