Rachel Uppgaard, DDS

Clinical Associate Professor



Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


DDS, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, 2012
BA, University of Minnesota, 2007
Graduate Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

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Dr. Rachel Uppgaard is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Minnesota.

Dr. Uppgaard serves as a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. She has previously served in private practice, as well as a staff surgeon at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. She is currently an attending Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Uppgaard is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon whose excellence is documented through her many awards, most recently including the 2018 Community Caregiver Award from Minnesota Physicians Magazine. Dr. Uppgaard is a dedicated educator with a legacy dating back to 2006, serving as a teaching assistant, leading to her current professorship in the division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Her interests include TMJ surgery, trauma surgery, orthognathic surgery, cleft and craniofacial surgery, pathology, dental implants and severe odontogenic infections. 



Uppgaard, R. (2018). Addressing gender discrimination in oral and maxillofacial surgery via the social norms approach. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 76 (8) 1604-1605.

Uppgaard, R. (2017). Case Report: Retention of a Thermoplastic-Lined Dental Sleep Appliance. Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine, 4(1) 19-20.

Uppgaard, R; Templeton, RB. (2015). Maxillomandibular advancement for obstructive sleep apnea. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology, 26 (4) 197-202.

Uppgaard, R; Brown, B; Svoboda, L. (2014) Multiple facial fractures and lacerations in a growing patient, Approaches in Critical Care, 12:6-7.


Hughes, P; Nazmul-Hossain, A; Gopalakrishnan, R; Rohrer, M; Patel, K; Emamian, E; Rhodus, N; Uppgaard, R; Moser, K. Correlation of minor salivary gland biopsy focal score and unstimulated salivary flow rates in patients with primary Sjogren’s Syndrome, taking into consideration steroid use. AAOMS Annual Meeting, October 2009.


Board Certifications

Board certified, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery