Jeffrey M. Karp

Jeffrey M. Karp

Jeffrey M. Karp, D.M.D., M.S.

Academic Title

Director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences


Pediatric Dentistry, The Ohio State University and Columbus Children's Hospital, 2004
Biochemistry, B.S., Muhlenberg College, 1998
Pediatric Dentistry, M.S., The Ohio State University, 2004
Dentistry (D.M.D.), Temple University School of Dentistry, 2002

Contact Info




Office Address

University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic Made Possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota
701 25th Avenue South, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Bio Statement

Jeffrey M. Karp, D.M.D., M.S. is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is the Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program and the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic made possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota. Dr. Karp is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He maintains clinical privileges at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital where he works closely with his pediatric dentistry residents in the care of infants, children, and adolescents in the emergency department, sedation unit and operating suites, and the in-patient units.

Dr. Karp completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the Temple University School of Dentistry in 2002 and was inducted into the Kappa Kappa Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Dr. Karp then pursued his specialty training and Master’s Degree in Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University and Columbus Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. His Master’s thesis project was completed in the laboratory of Dr. Susan Mallery, Professor of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology, at the College of Dentistry. Dr. Karp completed this research work as a 2003-2004 fellow of the American Cancer Society -- Ohio Division Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program. In 2005, he published his research thesis in the journal Toxicology Letters and was selected to present his research findings at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Annual Session as a finalist in the Graduate Student Research Award competition.

Dr. Karp entered full time academics at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health in 2004 and remained active in teaching, clinical care, research, and administration there until he was recruited to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in July 2012. While at the University of Rochester, Dr. Karp served as residency program director for pediatric dentistry (2009-2012), director of ambulatory pediatric dental services for the Eastman Dental Center (2008-2012), dental discipline coordinator for the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Related Disorders (LEND) program (2010-2012), and staff pediatric dentist for the cleft and craniofacial anomalies center at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong (2006-2012).

During his 8 year tenure in Rochester, Dr. Karp maintained a clinic and hospital dentistry practice focused on the care of infants, children, and adolescents with complex medical conditions, physical and developmental disabilities, and cleft and craniofacial differences. He provided nasoalveolar molding therapy (NAM) for babies with cleft lip and palate. Dr. Karp also worked closely with Finger Lakes Community Health in developing and operationalizing a pediatric teledentistry service between rural federally qualified health centers in upstate New York and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health. This work has been listed as a Promising Practice for Clinical Excellence by the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA; 2012)

Dr. Karp, throughout his time in full time academics, has actively participated in scholarly activities including roles as key personnel and principal investigator for research and clinical service grants funded by NIH, HRSA, and the Minnesota Department of Health. He has served as a research advisor for 24 pediatric dentistry residents. Dr. Karp lectures locally and nationally on oral health topics for pediatric healthcare professionals, has authored numerous peer reviewed abstracts, articles, and book chapters, serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several peer reviewed dental journals, and was a member of the editorial board of the journal Pediatric Dentistry for 8 years (2006-2014).

In his spare time, Dr. Karp enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 daughters, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, catching up on technology news, and sleeping.

Research Interests

  • Oral manifestations of systemic disease
  • Teledentistry and mobile technologies
  • Hospital dentistry
  • Interdisciplinary team care for patients with special health care needs


Refereed Journal Publications

Law CS, Karp JM. Behavior guidance symposium workshop B report – training implications. Pediatr Dent. 2014; 36(2): 154-7.

Fantuzzo JJ, Roger JM, Barroner MD, Karp JM. Self-mutilation of the lower lip in a child with dystonia secondary to megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy treated with Botox injections: A Case Report. J Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 2014; e1-e4.

Gill JB, Karp JM, Kopycka-Kedzierawski DT. Oral Piercing Injuries Treated in United States Emergency Departments, 2002-2008. Pediatr Dent 2012; 34(1): 56-60.

Karp JM. Delayed Tooth Emergence. Pediatr Rev. 2011. 32(1): e4-17.

Amin SB, Karp JM, Benzley LP. Unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia and early childhood caries in a diverse group of neonates. Am J Perinatol. 2010; 27(5):393-7.

Berkowitz RJ, Koo H, McDermott MP, Whelehan MT, Ragusa P, Kopycka-Kedzierawski DT, Karp JM, Billings R. Adjunctive chemotherapeutic suppression of mutans streptococci in the setting of severe early childhood caries: an exploratory study. J Public Health Dent. 2009; 69(3):163-7.

Karp JM, Milner LA. Oral eruption cysts in a child with hepatoblastoma. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009; 31(7):509-11.

Karp JM. Dental surgery under general anesthesia for preschool patients with orofacial clefts. Pediatr Dent. 2009; 31(5):426-31.

Karp JM, Berkowitz RJ. Clinical Outcomes for Severe Early Childhood Caries. Current Pediatric Reviews. 2008; 4(3): 169-173.

Coyle S, Karp JM, Shirakura A. Oral rehabilitation of a child with amniotic band syndrome. J Dent Child. 2008; 75(1):74-9.

Karp JM. Index of suspicion. Pediatr Rev. 2008; 29(12):437-44.

Karp JM, Ganoza GG. Dental trauma after cardiac syncope in a patient with long QT syndrome. Pediatr Dent. 2006; 28(6):547-52.

Karp JM, Moss AJ. Dental treatment of patients with long QT syndrome. J Am Dent Assoc. 2006; 137(5):630-7.

Karp J, Bryk J, Menke E, McTigue D. The complete endodontic obturation of an avulsed immature permanent incisor with mineral trioxide aggregate: a case report. Pediatr Dent. 2006; 28(3):273-8.

Karp JM; Rodrigo KA; Pei P; Pavlick MD; Andersen JD; McTigue DJ; Fields HW; Mallery SR. Sanguinarine activates polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon associated metabolic pathways in human oral keratinocytes and tissues. Toxicol Lett. 2005; 158(1):50-60.

Book Chapters

Karp JM, Berkowitz RJ. Chapter 22: Infectious Diseases. Pediatric Dentistry Handbook. Eds. Nowak A, Casamassimo PS. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2011.

Berkowitz RJ, DenBesten PK, Karp JM. Prevention of Dental Caries. AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care. McInerny TK, Adams HM, Campbell D, Kamat DM, Kelleher KJ. Elk Grive Village, 2008.

Karp JM, Berkowitz RJ. Chapter 22 Infectious Diseases. Pediatric Dentistry Handbook. Eds. Nowak A, Casamassimo PS. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2008.

Published Abstracts

Karp J, Howe S, Stull S, Holmgren D, Ogden J. A 10-Step Approach for Exceeding 95% Dental Appointment Attendance in Uninsured Children. American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. San Diego, California. October 2014. 

Karp J, Roettger M. Mouthguard Use During Sports and Recreational Activities: What You Need to Know. American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. San Diego, California. October 2014.

Amin SB, Karp J, Kopycka-Kedzierawski D, Amin R, Wang H. Developmental Defects of Enamel is Influenced by Degree of Prematurity. Abstract #205. American Association of Dental Research, Charlotte, North Carolina. March 2014.

Hanwatkar P, McIntosh S, Karp J, Veazie P, Gajendra. Fluoride Varnish: Knowledge, Preferences, and Practices of General and Pediatric Dentists. Abstract #1190. American Association of Dental Research, Charlotte, North Carolina. March 2014.

Ly-Mapes O, Karp JM, Smith T, Hyman SL. Covariates Associated with Dental Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Meeting for Autism Research. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. May 2012.

Shope E, Karp J. Access to Optimally Fluoridated Community Water Systems by Children Born with Orofacial Clefts in New York State. American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. Abstract #254. San Jose, California. April 2012.

Yonker T, Mendicino A, Karp JM. A Vibrant Approach to Early Childhood Caries in Migrant Children. National Primary Oral Health Conference. Washington, DC. October 2011.

Karp JM, Shope ET. Pediatric Dentistry for Children with Orofacial Clefts: A Bibliometric Analysis of Published Literature Since 2000. American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, #277. San Juan, Puerto Rico. April 2011.

Amin SB, Karp J, Benzley L. Unconjugated Hyperbilirubinemia and Early Childhood Caries in a Diverse Group of Neonates. Pediatric Academic Societies. #2851.350. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. May 2010.

Dahle D, Karp JM, Koltz PF, Emerson CO, Girotto JA. Readability of Craniofacial Team Correspondence Letters. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. #508. Fort Worth, Texas. March 2010.

Karp JM, Amante A, Girotto JA. Prevention of Dental Caries Through Craniofacial Team Fluoride Varnish Programs. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. #43. | March 2010

Karp J, Tuncer A. Airway Management for Dental Surgery under General Anesthesia in Patients with Repaired Oral Clefts. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. #31. Scottsdale, Arizona. April 2009.

Koltz P, Katzel, Hyatt, Karp J, Hauk M, Girotto J. Incidence of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Infants with Oral Clefting. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. #22. Scottsdale, Arizona. April 2009.

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