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Robert James Gorlin

Robert James Gorlin, (11 January, 1923 -- 29 August, 2006), was a world-renowed oral and maxillofacial pathologist.[1] In addition, Gorlin produced scientific advances in the study of hereditary hearing loss[2] and genetic defects and syndromes.[3]

Gorlin was born in Hudson, New York on January 11, 1923.

After graduating from Columbia College (AB) in 1943, Gorlin joined the US Army. Returning from active duty, Gorlin enrolled at the Washinton University School of Dentistry, receiving his DDS in 1947. Research fellowships at the NIH and Columbia University...... Gorlin also completed a master's degree (in oral pathology) from the State University of Iowa in 1956.[4]

Gorlin joined the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry as an assistant professor in 1956, where he would eventually become the chairman of the Department of Oral Pathology and Genetics. His wide-ranging research expertise led to additional appointments in the departments of dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology, otolaryngology and pediatrics.[5][3]

Gorlin was a prolific author. In addition to his role as the lead author of the encyclopedic text Syndromes of the Head and Neck[6], he published over 600 articles over his career.[4]

He was a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.[7]


  • ADA's Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research (2003)
  • Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (1995).
  • Premio Phoenix Anni Verdi Award from the Italian Medical Genetics Society
  • Harvard University's Goldhaber Award.
  • President of American Academy of Oral Pathology (1966-1967)


  1. ^ "Dr. Robert J. Gorlin, world-renowned oral pathologist, dies". ADA News. Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  2. ^ Gorlin RJ, Toriello HV, Cohen MC (editors) (1995). Hereditary Hearing Loss and Its Syndromes. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195065522. 
  3. ^ a b "School of Dentistry Loses a Respected Colleague and Friend". Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  4. ^ a b Hall JG (2005). "Introductory Speech for Robert J. Gorlin". Am J Hum Genet. 76 (2): 215. 
  5. ^ Pearce J (2006-09-14). "Robert Gorlin, 83, Pathologist and Expert on Facial Malformations, Is Dead". New York Times. Retrieved 2006-09-29.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Gorlin RJ, Cohen MM, Hennekam RCM (2001). Syndromes of the Head and Neck (4th ed. ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19511-861-8. 
  7. ^ "Membership directory". Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2006-09-29.