Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS



Office Phone
Office Address

7th floor Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Professor, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences
Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic


MS, University of Minnesota Graduate School (Dentistry), 1983
BA, Gustavus Adolphus College (Chemistry), 1976
Certificate, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (Prosthodontics), 1983; DDS, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (Dentistry), 1980

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Dr. Anderson has been a member of the faculty of the School of Dentistry since 1984. He has directed the undergraduate curriculum in occlusion since that time. Dr. Anderson also has staffed and directed residents in the School's TMJ and Orofacial Pain Clinic since 1984.

Dr. Anderson's research interests include investigation of clinical measurement of occlusion, occlusal wear, clinical diagnosis of temporomandibular disorders and related headaches, clinical trials in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders and clinical measurement of facial cleft and craniofacial anomalies. He has also developed a recent interest in the translation of concepts of evidence-based health care into clinical dental practice.

Dr. Anderson served for three years as Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences and then served as the Senior Associate Dean of the School of Dentistry from 2000-2007. In 2009 he became the Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program replacing Dr. Karlind Moller who had directed the program for over thirty years.

Dr. Anderson was named interim dean of the School of Dentistry by Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson effective November 21, 2016. He was named dean on March 26, 2018. On March 15, 2020, Keith A. Mays became interim dean and Dr. Anderson continues to serve as professor.

Awards & Recognition

  • Fellow, American College of Dentists, 2001 - Present
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Dental Honor Society, 1988 - Present


Research Summary/Interests

Research Interests


Temporomandibular Disorders, Orofacial Pain, Occlusion
Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies
Evidence-Based Dentistry


Temporomandibular Disorders, Orofacial Pain, Occlusion
Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies
Evidence-Based Dentistry


  • Anderson GC, Rindal DB: Making sense of evidence-based dentistry. NW Dent 2006; 85(1):15-22..
  • DeLong R, Knorr S, Anderson GC, Hodges, J, Pintado M: Accuracy of contacts calculated from 3D images of occlusal surfacesJ Dent 2007;35:528-534.
  • Anderson GC:Dissemination tools and resources: assisting colleagues in the implementation and promotion of EBD principles. J Evid Base Dent Pract 2008;8:155-158.
  • Schiffman EL, Truelove EL, Ohrbach R, Anderson GC, John MT, List T, Look JO: The Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders. I:overview and methodology for assessment of validity. J Orofac Pain 2010;24:7-24.
  • Look JO, John MT, Tai F, Huggins KH, Lenton PA, Truelove EL, Ohrbach R, Anderson GC, Schiffman EL: Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders. II: reliability of Axis I diagnoses and selected clinical measures. J Orofac Pain 2010;24:25-34.
  • Schiffman EL, Ohrbach R, Truelove EL, Tai F, Anderson GC, Pan W, Gonzalez YM, John MT, Sommers E, List T, Velly AM, Kang W, Look JO: The Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders. V: methods used to establish and validate revised Axis I diagnostic algorithms. J Orofac Pain 2010;24:63-78.
  • Anderson GC, Gonzalez YM, Ohrbach R, Truelove EL, Sommers E, Look JO, Schiffman EL: The Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders. VI: future directions. J Orofac Pain 2010;24:79-88.
  • Hylton JB, Leon-Salazar V, Anderson GC, De Felippe NL: Dental considerations in Treacher Collins Syndrome. (Accepted J Dent Child Feb 2010)
  • Anderson GC, Schulte JK, Goodkind RJ: A comparative study of two treatment approaches to the internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint. J Prosthet Dent 53:392-396, 1985.
  • Anderson GC, Schulte JK, Arnold TG: An in vitro study of an electronic pantograph. J Prosthet Dent 57:577-580, 1987.
  • Anderson GC, Schiffman EL, Schellhas KP, Fricton JR: Clinical versus arthrographic diagnosis of TMJ internal derangement. J Dent Res 68:826-829, 1989.
  • Schiffman E, Anderson G, Fricton J, Burton K, Schellhas K: Diagnostic criteria for intraarticular TM disorders. Comm Dent Oral Epidemiol 17:252-257, 1989.
  • Schiffman EL, Anderson GC, Fricton JR, Lindgren BR: The relationship between level of mandibular pain and dysfunction and stage of temporomandibular joint internal derangement. J Dent Res 71:1812-1815, 1992.
  • Schulte JK, Anderson GC, Hathaway KM, Will TE: Psychometric profiles and related pain characteristics of temporomandibular disorder patients. J Orofacial Pain 7:247-253, 1993.
  • Anderson GC, Schulte JK, Aeppli DM: Reliability of the evaluation of occlusal contacts in the intercuspal position. J Prosthet Dent 70:320-323, 1993.
  • Arnold TG, Anderson GC, Liljemark WF: Cephalometric norms for craniofacial asymmetry using a submental-vertical radiograph. Am J Orthod Dentofac Orthop 1994;106:250-256.
  • Wright EF, Anderson GC, Schulte JK: A randomized clinical trial of intraoral soft splints and palliative treatment for masticatory muscle pain. J Orofacial Pain 1995;9:192-199.
  • Pintado MR, Anderson GC, DeLong R, Douglas WH: Variation in tooth wear in young adults over a two year period. J Prosthet Dent 1997;77:313-320.
  • Korioth TWP, Bohlig KG, Anderson GC: Digital assessment of occlusal wear patterns on occlusal stabilization splints. J Prosthet Dent 1998;80:209-213.
  • Pesun IJ, Olson AK, Anderson GC, Hodges JS: Measurements of In Vivo Wear of Composite Resin Restorations. J Prosthet Dent 2000;84:353-359.
  • DeLong R, Ko CC, Anderson GC, Hodges JS, Douglas WH: Comparing maximum intercuspal contacts of virtual dental patients and mounted dental casts. J Prosthet Dent 2002;88:622-630.


Board Certifications

Board Certified Orofacial Pain