Neil S. Norton, BA, PhD
Neil S. Norton, BA, PhD

Neil S. Norton, BA, PhD

Professor
Associate Dean, Admissions
School of Dentistry

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Oral Biology

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Pharmacology

Teaching Activity

  • Head & Neck Anatomy
  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Pain Control

Biography

     Tenured faculty member with primary responsibility as the Associate Dean for Admissions in the School of Dentistry at Creighton University. Significant teaching duties include Gross Anatomy lecture and laboratory, Head & Neck Anatomy lecture and laboratory and Pain Control to Sophomores. Previously, lecture instruction also given for Human Neuroscience to Freshman and had offered a Summer Remedial Anatomy course for Medical and Dental students (one of 10 in the nation). Additional teaching duties include serving as a mentor for various student research projects and former Freshman student advisor (required to resign as an academic advisor upon administrative position). Have received over 25 Teaching awards at Creighton including 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; the highest national award given by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA); and the Stephen H. Leeper Award given by Omicron Kappa Upsilon Supreme Chapter.
     Research activities include various basic science and dental materials based projects. Have successfully applied and received two Health Futures Foundation grants, Pipeline Grant, and served as a student mentor on two NIH student training grants, and PI on Robert Wood Johnson grant for Native American recruitment in Dentistry. Have presented work at national and international meetings, authored numerous Abstracts, book chapters, and peer reviewed articles. In 2003, was an author on Presidential Award presentation by the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Most significant work is my book, Netter’s Head & Neck Anatomy for Dentistry which I wrote and was illustrated using the artwork I selected, had corrected, and added by new medical illustrators, of the late Dr. Frank Netter, the most prolific medical illustrator in my field of expertise. Currently, this text has been translated into 9 languages and is in its 3rd edition. Published Netter’s Advanced Head & Neck Anatomy Flash Cards through Elsevier, a 248 card set designed for advanced health professionals and Netter’s Advanced Head & Neck Anatomy Flash Cards for the iPod/iTouch. Edited the book, MCQs for Netter’s Head & Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, in 2015. Was invited to serve as a Guest Editor for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Dentistry.
     Due to time commitments as President of the University Faculty, I stepped down from my role as an Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal xPharm, a peer-reviewed journal of pharmacology. Previously a founding Assistant Editor, I was primarily responsible for all of the articles in three major areas: Central Nervous System Disorders, Peripheral Nervous System Disorders, and Otolaryngological Disorders. Have served as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals in my area. Significant service work includes a variety of All-University, Dental School, and National committees and offices. Served as the President of the University Faculty (2006-2010). Previously had served two terms as Secretary of the All-University Faculty Council (2004-2006). Other University work includes chair of both the University Committee on Rank & Tenure Committee on Committees and member of the University Athletic Board and University Committee on Faculty Handbook and University Statutes. Serve as Creighton University’s Faculty Athletic Representative to the and BIG EAST Conference (and previously the Missouri Valley Conference). Was selected by the NCAA to serve on the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee and Honors Committee. Served as Chair and Secretary of the FARs of the BIG EAST Conference and am currently the FAR representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). For the Dental School, previously served as the President of the Dental Faculty Council and currently a member of the Admissions Committee for the past 13 years. Served as the chair of the Research Section for the accreditation process of the Dental School. Provide many tours and talks for various community groups. Have taken over 70 recruitment trips on behalf of the School of Dentistry since 2001. On a National level, served as the chair of the Anatomical Sciences section of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Nominated and elected by the Executive Council of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) to serve out the remainder of the term for the Treasurer of the Association and was reelected (twice) by the members of the Association to serve additional 3 year terms (2007-2010, 2010-2013). Most recently elected by peers to the Presidential cycle of the AACA in 2013. In 2015 became the 17th President of the organization.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Netter's Head & Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, 3rd edition (1st edition published in 2006), Elsevier, 2016

Articles

  • Willett, GM, TF Walker, and NS Norton. 2019. Stylohyoid Syndrome., Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 49(8), 621
  • Willett, GM, MA Jergenson, BJ O’Kane, LC Barritt, and NS Norton. 2019. Case Report: An extreme case of alveolar bone resorption in an edentulous mandible. doi:10.31487/j.DOBCR.2019.02.03., Dental Oral Biology and Cranifacial Research
  • Jergenson, MA, LC Barritt, B O’Kane, and NS Norton. 2017. Master in Oral Biology program; A path to addressing the need for future dental educators., Anatomical Sciences Education, 10(6), 607-612
  • Chang, CW, G Atkinson, N Gandhi, ML Farrell, S Labrash, NS Norton, T Matsui, and S Lozanoff. 2016. Cone beam computed tomography of plastinated hearts for instruction of radiological anatomy., Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, 38(7), 843-853
  • 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.
     , Clinical Anatomy, 27(3), 321-330
  • 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, 2010;2010, pii. 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, 2010;2010, pii: 292753. doi:10.1155/2010/621043
  • Edwards, PC, PP Kanjirath, TS Saini, and  NS Norton. 2010. Contemporary issues in head and neck pathology and radiology., International Journal of Dentistry, 2010;2010, 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., Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 68(8), 1890-1895
  • Edwards, PC, NS Norton, T McVaney, P Kanjirath, and T Saini. 2010.  Developmental oronasal fistula of the incisive papilla., General Dentistry, 58(1), 62-67
  • 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., Journal of 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., Dento maxillo facial 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., Journal of inorganic biochemistry, 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
  • Norton, NS & ND Freuen. 2011. Parkinson’s Disease. In S. J. Enna and D. B. Bylund (eds),, xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-008055232-3.60642-7
  • Norton, NS. 2011. Cerebral Edema. In S. J. Enna and D. B. Bylund (eds),, xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-008055232-3.60639-7
  • Norton, NS. 2011. Bell's Palsy. In S. J. Enna and D. B. Bylund (eds),, xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-008055232-3.60672-5
  • 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
  • Norton, NS. 2011. Lesions of the Autonomic Nerves. In S. J. Enna and D. B. Bylund (eds),, xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-008055232-3.60673-7
  • Willett, G and NS Norton. 2011. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. In S. J. Enna and D. B. Bylund (eds),, xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-008055232-3.60661-0
  • Norton, NS and FJ Dowd. 2011. Multiple Sclerosis. In S. J. Enna and D. B. Bylund (eds),, xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-008055232-3.60664-6
  • Norton, NS. 2011. Cerebral Palsy. In S. J. Enna and D. B. Bylund (eds),, xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-008055232-3.60641-5
  • Dowd, FJ and NS Norton. 2007. Migraine and Cluster Headaches. In S. J. Enna and D. B. Bylund (eds), xPharm:The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-008055232-3.60643-9
  • Dowd, FJ and NS Norton. 2014.  Common Headache. Michael Caplan (ed),, Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences, 1(1), doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.04934-5
  • 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

Publications

  • Norton, NS. 2012 (1st edition published in 2007). Netter’s Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy Flash Cards, 2nd edition, Elsevier, Inc., Philadelphia, PA (ISBN: 978-1-4160-4631-8)., Elsevier
  • Norton, NS. 2008. Netter’s Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy Flash Cards for the iPhone/iTouch, Elsevier, Inc., Philadelphia, PA., Elsevier

Editing and Reviews

  • Norton, NS. 2015. MCQs for Netter’s Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, Elsevier Ltd., (ISBN: 978-0-7020-6642-9)., Elsevier

Presentations

  • Clinical anatomy of dental implants using cone beam computed tomography and cadaveric anatomy. Perio Health Professionals Advanced Education Series, Houston, TX., 2015
  • Unlocking your Potential in Academics: Seizing Opportunities to Succeed. American Dental Education Association, Boston, MA.
     , 2015
  • Clinical anatomy of mandibular implants using cone beam computed tomography and cadaveric anatomy in the placement of dental implants. Taniguchi Dental Study Club, Tokyo, Japan., 2014
  • Clinical Anatomy of the Maxilla using Cone Beam Computed Tomography and Cadaveric Anatomy. Metro West Specialty Dental Study Group, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • 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., 2014
  • From Classical Anatomy to Administration – the Anomalous Pathway. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota., 2013
  • Dental Anatomy and 3D Dentistry. Metro West Specialty Dental Study Group, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • The Publication Memorial Lecture of “Netter’s Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry.” Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems & Ishiyaku Shuppann Publishers, Tokyo, Japan., 2012
  • A Comprehensive Review of Head and Neck Anatomy Using Cone Beam CT Imaging. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Sendai, Japan., 2011
  • A Comprehensive Review of Head and Neck Anatomy Using Cone Beam CT Imaging. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Osaka, Japan., 2011
  • A Comprehensive Review of Head and Neck Anatomy Using Cone Beam CT Imaging. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Sapporo, Japan., 2011
  • A Comprehensive Review of Head and Neck Anatomy Using Cone Beam CT Imaging. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Fukuoka, Japan., 2011
  • A Comprehensive Review of Head and Neck Anatomy Using Cone Beam CT Imaging. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Tokyo, Japan., 2011
  • A Comprehensive Review of Head and Neck Anatomy Using Cone Beam CT Imaging. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Nagoya, Japan., 2011
  • Review of Anatomic Features Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Tokyo, Japan.
     , 2011
  • Review of Anatomic Features Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Tokyo, Japan., 2011
  • Review of Anatomic Features Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Nagoya, Japan., 2011
  • Review of Anatomic Features Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Japanese Study Club organized by Sirona Dental Systems, Osaka, Japan., 2011
  • Understanding the Criminal Background Check in the Admissions Process. Academy of General Dentistry, Omaha Section, Omaha Press Club., 2010
  • The connection of cone beam scan to actual anatomy in the dental patient. Implant Study Club, Omaha, NE., 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. American Association of Clinical Anatomists, Honolulu, HI.

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • CBCT, Head & Neck Anatomy, Dental Implants

Current Research Projects

  • CBCT, Head & Neck Anatomy, Dental Implants

Grant Funding Received

  • Dentistry and Oral Healthcare in the State of Nebraska, Co-Principal Investigator, State of Nebraska, $4,000,000 (Funded, 2017-2020).
  • Jesuit Dental School Recruitment Collaborative, Principal Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $200,000 (Funded, 2007-2011).

Awards and Honors

  • Jaybacker of the Year, 2019, Creighton University Department of Athletics
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2019, Creighton University, April 2019
  • Fr. Lukaszewicz, S.J. Staff or Administrator Award, 2018
  • OKU Stephen H. Leeper Award, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Supreme Chapter, March 2018
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2017, Creighton University, April 2017
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2015, Creighton University, April 2015
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2014, Creighton University, April 2014
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2013, Creighton University, April 2013
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Randolph-Macon College, 2012
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2010, Creighton University, April 2010
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2009-2010 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2012, Creighton University, April 2010
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2009, Creighton University, April 2009
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2008-2009 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2011, Creighton University, April 2009
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2007, Creighton University, April 2007
  • ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Excellence in Teaching Award, a national teaching award presented at the ADEA Annual Session in New Orleans, LA, March 2007
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2005-2006 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2009, Creighton University, April 2006
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2006, Creighton University, April 2006
  • ADEA Leadership Institute Fellowship, 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2004-2005 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2008, Creighton University, May 2005
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2004, Creighton University, April 2004
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement, by the Creighton Student Union, Creighton University, May 2003
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2002, Creighton University, April 2002
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2001-2002 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2005, Creighton University, April 2002
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2001, Creighton University, April 2001
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2000-2001 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2004, Creighton University, April 2001
  • Dr. Theodore J. Urban Memorial Award for Pre-clinical Education by the Class of 2000, Creighton University, April 2000
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 1999-2000 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2003, Creighton University, April 2000
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 1998-1999 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2002, Creighton University, April 1999
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 1997-1998 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2001, Creighton University, April 1998
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year 1996-1997 for Teaching by the Freshman Dental Class of 2000, Creighton University, April 1997