Sean C. Meehan

Sean C. Meehan, DMD

Assistant Dean, Office of Clinical Affairs & Chief Dental Officer, Professor of Clinical Oral Medicine
Department of Oral Medicine
Professional Biography

Dr. Meehan is the Chief Dental Officer and Assistant Dean in the Office of Clinical Affairs and holds an academic appointment as Professor of Clinical Oral Medicine. A retired Navy Captain, he held numerous educational leadership roles in the United States Navy Dental Corps culminating in his service as Dean of the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Fellow, American College of Dentists 2022
  • Fellow, International College of Dentists 2021
  • Exceptional Service Award, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 2020
  • Legion of Merit, United States Navy 2020
  • Meritorious Service Medal, United States Navy 2006
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal 2002
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2000
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal 1999
  • Excellence in Classroom Instruction, University of Mississippi School of Dentistry 1996
  • Lester Burket Award, American Academy of Oral Medicine 1996
  • Henry M. Goldman Award in Pathology, University of Pennsylvania 1992
  • Psi Omega Scholastic Achievement Award 1992
  • Eta Sigma Sigma, Matthew Cryer Chapter 1992
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Eta Chapter 1992
  • Professor of Oral Diagnosis, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 2010-2023
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Care Sciences 2002-2006
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry 1996-1997
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine 1997
Academic Interests
  • Patient safety
  • Healthcare inequity

Full Length
Toscano NJ, Holtzclaw DJ, Shumaker ND, Stokes SM, Meehan SC, Rees TD. Surgical considerations and management of patients with mucocutaneous disorders. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 31(5):344-59, 2010.

Canaan TJ, Meehan SC. Variations of structure and appearance of the oral mucosa. Dent Clin North Am. 49(1):1-14, 2005.

DeNucci DJ, Chen CC, Sobiski C, Meehan S. The use of SPECT bone scans to evaluate patients with idio- pathic jaw pain. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 90:750-7, 2000.

Haddy TB, Adde MA, McCalla J et al. Late effects in longterm survivors of high-grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. J Clin Oncol 16(6):2070-9, 1998.

Meehan S, Wu AJ, Kang EC, Sakai T, Ambudkar IS. Interferon-γ induces a decrease in the intracellular calcium pump in a human salivary gland cell line. Am J Physiol. 273(6pt1):c2030-6, 1997.

Meehan S, Schmidt MC, Mitchell PF. The international normalized ratio: significance for the management of the dental outpatient. Spec Care Dentist 17(3): 91-3, 1997.

Meehan S, Krolls SO, Seago DL. Proliferative periostitis (Garre’s osteomyelitis) arising as a result of a secondarily-infected surgical defect. Miss Dent Assoc J 53(2): 26-7, 1997.

Meehan S, Krolls SO. Major aphthous stomatitis in an HIV positive patient. J Am Student Dent Assoc. 17(1):23-5, 1997.

Meehan S, Abernathy AS, Krolls SO. Allergic stomatitis. Miss Dent Assoc J 53(1): 16-7, 1997.

Meehan S, Guckes AD, DeNucci DJ. Orofacial pain resulting from ill-fitting dentures. Mil Med 160 (7):366-7, 1995.

Meehan S, Davis V, Brahim JS. Embryonal rhabdomyo-sarcoma of the floor of the mouth: a case report. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 78:603-6, 1994.

Meehan S, Schmidt MC, Mitchell PF. Infective endocarditis in a patient with Hodgkin’s lymphoma: a case report. Spec Care Dentist 14(2): 57-60, 1994.

DeNucci DJ, Dionne RA, Chen CC, Meehan SC. SPECT bone scanning in the diagnosis of chronic idiopathic jaw pain. J Dent Res 76( IADR abstracts): 237, 1997.

Wu AJ, Chen ZJ, Kan EC, Meehan S, Ambudkar IS. The effect of 2,5-Di(tert-butyl)hydroquinone (BHQ) on a human salivary gland cell line. J Dent Res. 76 (IADR abstracts): 342, 1997.

Meehan S, Streckfus CF, Nick T, Pratt LH, Dai X, Johnson RB. Salivary IL-6, alveolar bone density and aging in healthy men. J Dent Res 76(IADR abstracts): 336, 1997.

Meehan S, Ambudkar IS. Characterization of agonist-induced Ca2+ responses in a rat submandibular gland epithelial cell line. J Dent Res 75 (IADR abstracts): 251, 1996.


  • Military Fellowship, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 2007
  • Oral Medicine Residency, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 1996
  • General Practice Residency, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford. Connecticut 1993
  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania 1992
  • AB cum laude, Biology, Colgate University 1988