Dr. Joel Epstein is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a collaborative member of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Los Angeles. He is also a consulting staff member in the Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. He conducts a private referral practice in Oral Medicine and Oral Oncology.
Dr. Epstein has published in the area of oncology, infectious disease, facial pain and general areas of Oral Medicine, with more than seven hundred contributions to the literature in the form of papers, abstracts, text books, and book chapters.
Dr. Epstein graduated from Dentistry in 1976 from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He received a certificate in Oral Medicine and Masters’ of Science Degree in Dentistry from the University of Washington in 1979. He is a Fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of Canada in Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and was an examiner and President of the Board of Oral Medicine. He is currently a board member of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer.
He was Professor and Head of the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and is currently a Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Oral Cancer Biology, Prevention and Treatment at the Chicago Cancer Center, College of Medicine; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Surgery of the University of Illinois at Chicago; and on staff at Rush Medical Center and Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago.
Prior to relocating to Chicago, he was Professor of Oral Medicine and Director of the Graduate Program in Oral Medicine, and the DECOD (Dental Care for the Disabled) Program, at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was on the medical/dental staff of the British Columbia Cancer Agency; and Head of the Department of Dentistry at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre; as well as on staff at other teaching hospitals in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia.