Neil Norton

Neil S. Norton, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
Professor

Neil Norton, Ph.D., is originally from Hampton, Virginia. He joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry in 1996 and currently is a professor of Oral Biology. Dr. Norton is a tenured faculty member with primary responsibility for teaching Gross Anatomy and Head & Neck Anatomy lecture and laboratory to pre-clinical freshman dental students. Additionally, he provides instruction in the pain control course for sophomores. Dr. Norton also serves as a mentor for various graduate and dental student research projects. He has received over 20 teaching awards at Creighton including Outstanding Freshman Instructor, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement by the Creighton Student Union, the highest teaching award given by Creighton University, and the GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Teaching Award in 2007, the highest national award given by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

Scholarship

Dr. Norton’s research activities have included various basic science and dental materials based projects. He has served as PI or co-PI on two NIH student training grants, two Health Futures Foundation grants, local Creighton competitive grants and a collaborative grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Norton has presented work at national and international meetings; edited a textbook; authored over 90 abstracts, a textbook, 4 book chapters; and currently has published, or in press, more than 25 peer reviewed articles. He was an author on Presidential Award presentation by the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) in 2003. In 2006, the 1st edition of his textbook, Netter’s Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, was published. The book has been published in over 10 languages and he is currently working on the 3rd edition.

Service

Prior to being named director of admissions, he had served as a member of the Admissions Committee since 1997. Dr. Norton continues to take numerous recruitment trips on behalf of the School of Dentistry. He is actively involved in the AACA and has served as the treasurer of that international organization for 8 years.  He was recently elected to serve in the Presidential cycle of the AACA. He has served as a guest editor, associate editor, assistant editor, and reviewer for many journals in his area of expertise. An active member of ADEA, Dr. Norton was selected as a member in the ADEA Leadership Institute for the Class of 2007 and recently completed serving as the chair of the Anatomical Sciences section of ADEA. Currently, he enjoys serving as Creighton’s Faculty Athletic Representative to the Big East Conference and is a member of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

  • B.A., Biology - Randolph-Macon College
  • Ph.D., Anatomy, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Head & Neck Anatomy
  • Pain Control
  • Human Neuroscience

Book Written

Norton, NS. 2011 (1st edition published in 2006). Netter’s Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, Elsevier, Inc., Philadelphia, PA (ISBN: 1-9290-0788-4).

Books Edited

  • Norton, NS. 2015. MCQs for Netter’s Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, Elsevier Ltd., (ISBN: 978-0-7020-6642-9).
  • Norton, NS. 2012 (1st edition published in 2007). Netter’s Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy Flash Cards, Elsevier, Inc., Philadelphia, PA (ISBN: 978-1-4160-4631-8).

Book Chapters

  • Norton, NS. 2010. Tongue Piercing and Myocarditis. In Medical Evidence, TH Quinn and JS Morris. James Publishing, Inc. pp. 16.125-16.128.
  • Norton, NS. 2009. Decompression Sickness and Pneumothorax. In Medical Evidence, TH Quinn and JS Morris. James Publishing, Inc. pp. 18.50-18.53.
  • Norton, NS. 2008. Broca’s aphasia. In Medical Evidence, TH Quinn and JS Morris. James Publishing, Inc. pp. 101-103.
  • Norton , NS. 2008. Coup-Contracoup Injury. In Medical Evidence, TH Quinn and JS Morris. James Publishing, Inc. pp. 104-106.

Electronic Media

Norton, NS. 2008. Netter’s Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy Flash Cards for the iPhone/iTouch, Elsevier, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Selected Journal Publications

  • Tubbs, RS, EP Sorenson, A Sharma, B Benninger, N Norton, M Loukas, and BJ Moxham. 2014. The development of a core syllabus for the teaching of head and neck anatomy to medical students. Clin. Anat. 2014 27(3):321-30. doi: 10.1002/ca.22353.
  • Norton, NS, P Kanjirath, P Hita-Iglesias, and PC. Edwards. 2012. Head and neck pathology and radiology 2011. International Journal of Dentistry Volume 2012: Article ID 320319, 1 page doi:10.1155/2012/320319.
  • Smith, KD, PC Edwards, TS Saini, and NS Norton. 2010. The prevalence of concha bullosa and nasal septal deviation and their relationship to maxillary sinusitis by volumetric tomography. International Journal of Dentistry Volume 2010: Article ID 404982, doi:10.1155/2010/404982.
  • Howard-Swirzinski, K, PC Edwards, TS Saini, and NS Norton. 2010. Length and geometric patterns of the greater palatine canal in cone beam computed tomography. International Journal of Dentistry Volume 2010, Article ID 292753, doi:10.1155/2010/292753.
  • Edwards, PC, PP Kanjirath, TS Saini, and  NS Norton. 2010. Contemporary issues in head and neck pathology and radiology. International Journal of Dentistry Volume 2010, Article ID 621043, doi:10.1155/2010/621043.
  • Edwards, PC, T Saini, S Hess, and NS Norton. 2010. A 28-Year-Old Woman with a Recent Onset of Painful Oral Erosions.  J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2010 (68): 1890-1895.
  • Edwards, PC, NS Norton, T McVaney, P Kanjirath, and T Saini. 2010.  Developmental oronasal fistula of the incisive papilla. Gen Dent. Jan-Feb; 58(1):62-7.
  • Donaldson, ME, CC Gadbury-Amyott, SS Khajotia, A Nattestad, NS Norton, S Turner, and LA Zubiaurre. 2008 Dental education in a flat world: Advocating for increased collaboration and standardization globally. J Dental Education 72 (4): 408-421.
  • Saini, TS, A Ogunleye, N Levering, NS Norton, and PC Edwards. 2008. Multiple Enamel Pearls in two siblings detected by volumetric CT.   DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology 37(4): 240-244.
  • Shara, M, AE Kincaid, AL Limpach, R Sandstrom, L Barritt, N Norton, JD Bramble, T Yasmin, J Tran, A Chatterjee, M Bagchi, and D Bagchi. 2007. Long-term safety evaluation of a novel oxygen-coordinated niacin-bound chromium (III) complex. J Inorganic Biochem 101(7):1059-1069.
  • Shaner, JW, TS Saini, NS Norton, NS Kimmes, and PC Edwards. 2007. Transitory paresis of the lateral pterygoid muscle during a posterior superior alveolar nerve block – a case report.  General Dentistry 55(6): 532-536.
  • Jergenson, MA, NS Norton, JM Opack, and LC Barritt. 2005. A Unique Origin of the Inferior Alveolar Artery. Clinical Anatomy 18 (8):597-601.
  • Richards, AT, N Digges, NS Norton, TH Quinn, P Say, C Galer, and K Lydiatt. 2004. The Surgical Anatomy of the Parotid Duct with Emphasis on the Relationship of the Facial Nerve and Major Tributaries Forming the Duct. Clinical Anatomy 17(6) 463-467.

Selected Abstracts

  • RO Weiss, T Miyamoto, and NS Norton. 2014. Pilot study of anatomical complications in mandibular dental implants using fresh tissue cadavers. Clinical Anatomy 27:1328.
  • MA Jergenson, LC Barritt, NS Norton, BJ O’Kane, and MA Latta. 2014. Master in Oral Biology, anatomical science track; A path to addressing the need for dental educators. Clinical Anatomy 27:1313.
  • C Gunnell, T Miyamoto, and NS Norton. 2013. Clinical anatomy of the sublingual artery in dental implant surgery. Clinical Anatomy 26:1043.
  • RJ Casper and NS Norton. 2012. Development of a 3D learning resource of the pterygopalatine fossa using cone beam computed tomography. Clinical Anatomy 25:933.
  • EM Lomas and NS Norton. 2012. A volumetric study of the mandibular canal in dentulous patients using cone beam computed tomography. Clinical Anatomy 25:941.
  • NS Norton, PC Edwards, TS Saini, LC Barritt, and MA Jergenson. 2010. A study on the incidence of atheromas of the internal carotid artery in four anatomical regions of the head and neck using cone beam computed tomography. Clinical Anatomy 23:1027-1028.
  • MA Jergenson, NS Norton, and LC Barritt. 2010. Bilateral anomalies of the internal carotid artery. Clinical Anatomy 23:1017.
  • KD Smith, TF Lanphier, MA Jergenson, PC Edwards, TS Saini, and NS Norton. 2010. Using QuickTime videos of cone beam computed tomography of the mandible in the instruction of first year dental students. The FASEB Journal 24:825.2.
  • NS Norton, MA Jergenson, LC Barritt, and FJ Ayers. 2010. Using Gross anatomy as a predictor of academic success in a post-baccalaureate program. The FASEB Journal 24:828.7.
  • LC Barritt, MA Jergenson, NS Norton, and FJ Ayers. 2010. Using histology as a predictor of academic success in a post-baccalaureate program. The FASEB Journal 24:828.8.
  • NS Norton, and FJ Ayers. 2010. Experiences With a Post Baccalaureate Program: A Five-Year Review. J Dent Educ. 74(2): 201.
  • NS Norton, TF Lanphier, LC Barritt, MA Jergenson, and TS Saini. 2009. An evaluation of dental induced air emphysema by cone beam computed tomography – a review of the fascial spaces. Clinical Anatomy 23:486.
  • KD Smith, PC Edwards, TS Saini, and NS Norton. 2009. Using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging to study the incidence of concha bullosa in the nasal cavity. Clinical Anatomy 23:490-491.
  • LA McMahon, PC Edwards, TS Saini, and NS Norton. 2009. Examining the path of the facial nerve through the temporal bone using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging. Clinical Anatomy 23:484.
  • KA Howard-Swirzinski, PC Edwards, TS Saini, and NS Norton. 2009. Examining the length and geometric patterns of the palatine canal using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging. Clinical Anatomy 23:481.
  • KD Smith, TF Lanphier, TS Saini, MA Jergenson, and N S Norton. 2009. Teaching the clinical anatomy of the paranasal sinuses using 3-dimensional cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging in dentistry. The FASEB Journal 23:480.6

Selected Presentations

  • Unlocking your Potential in Academics: Seizing Opportunities to Succeed. American Dental Education Association, Boston, MA, March 9, 2015
  • Clinical anatomy of mandibular and maxillary implants using cone beam computed tomography and cadaveric anatomy in the placement of dental implants Tokyo Dental College, Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2014
  • The Publication Memorial Lecture of “Netter’s Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry”. Ishiyaku Shuppann Publishers, Tokyo, Japan, July 22, 2012
  • Review of Anatomic Features Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Tokyo, Japan, February 28, 2011

Teaching Awards

  • ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Excellence in Teaching Award, a national teaching award presented at the ADEA Annual Session in New Orleans, LA, March 2007
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education, Creighton University School of Dentistry - a 10 time recipient
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year, Creighton University School of Dentistry - a 10 time recipient
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement, by the Creighton Student Union, Creighton University, May 2003

Honors

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Randolph-Macon College, 2012

Fellowships

ADEA Leadership Institute Fellowship, 2006-2007

Grants

  • Jesuit Dental School Recruitment Collaborative, Principal Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $200,000 (Funded, 2007-2011)
  • Development of Anatomical Instructional Units for iPods Using Dental i-CATTM Cone Beam Computed Tomography, Pipeline, $3,317 (Funded 2007-2008).
    • Predoctoral Student Research Training Grant (T35), Student Sponsor of Grant, NIH, $4,500 (Funded, 2003-2004).
    • Predoctoral Student Research Training Grant (T35), Student Sponsor of Grant, NIH, $4,500 (Funded, 1999-2000).

 

 

Elected Offices (selected)

  • President, American Association of Clinical Anatomists, 2015 - 2017
  • President-Elect, American Association of Clinical Anatomists, 2013 – 2015
  • Treasurer, American Association of Clinical Anatomists, 2006 – 07; 2007 - 2010, 2010 - 2011

National Committees (selected)

  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, 2014-present
  • Executive Committee, American Association of Clinical Anatomists, 2006 - present
  • Council, American Association of Clinical Anatomists, 2006 - present
  • Journal Committee, American Association of Clinical Anatomists, 2010 – 2013, 2013-2015
  • Craig Awards Selection Committee, OKU National Chapter, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010-2011

University Committees (selected)

  • President of the University Faculty, 2006-2008, 2008-2010
  • President, University Faculty Council, 2006-2008, 2008-2010
  • Secretary, University Faculty Council, 2004-2005, 2005-2006
  • University Committee on Rank and Tenure, Dental School Representative, 2005-2008, 2008-2010 (Chair, 2008-2009, 2009-2010)
  • Faculty Athletic Representative. 2010 - present
  • Presidential Search Committee, 2010
  • Search Committee for Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Chair, 2014-2015
  • Strategic Task Force, Graduate and Professional Programs, Chair, 2011
  • University Prioritization Steering Committee, 2010-2011
  • Committee on Committees, 2001 – 2003, 2005 – 2006, 2006-2008 (Chair, ex officio), 2008-2010 (Chair, ex officio)
  • University Athletic Board, 2004-2007, 2007-2010, 2010-present
  • University Athletic Board Compliance Committee, 2004-2007 (Chair, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008), 2007-2010
  • Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility 2003-2006 (Chair, 2004-2005, 2005-2006)

Editorial Positions

  • Lead Guest Editor, Special Issue in 2012 on Contemporary Issues in Head and Neck Pathology and Radiology, International Journal of Dentistry
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue in 2010 on Contemporary Issues in Head and Neck Pathology and Radiology, International Journal of Dentistry
  • Associate Editor, xPharm, 2005  - 2008 (Central Nervous System Disorders, Peripheral Nervous System Disorders, & Otolaryngological Disorders)
  • Assistant Editor, xPharm, 2002 – 2005 (Central Nervous System Disorders, Peripheral Nervous System Disorders, & Otolaryngological Disorders)