Division of Oral Medicine and Diagnosis
Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences
Public Health, MPH, University of Minnesota, 1987
Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, 1979 - Biochemistry/Pharmacology, Graduate, Harvard University, 1979 - Biochemistry, Graduate, Oral Roberts University, 1985
7-536 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Nelson L, Rhodus, DMD, MPH, is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology in the Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine, and Director of the Oral Medicine and Xerostomia Clinics. He is an attending member of the Hospital Staff of Fairview-University Medical Center and the Minnesota Cancer Center, and a consultant to the Veteran's Hospital and Hennepin Co. Medical Center.
Dr. Rhodus directs several Physical Evaluation and Introduction to Oral Pathology courses. He has been awarded "Faculty of the Year " for thirteen consecutive years and is a recipient of the School of Dentistry Century Club Professor of the Year. He is active in basic and clinical research with oral manifestations of systemic disease and chronic degenerative autoimmune diseases. He serves on the national medical advisory board of the National Sjogren's Syndrome Association. He has received numerous research grants and is a member of the Minnesota Dental Research Institute and the International Association for Dental Research.
Dr. Rhodus has presented over two hundred lectures and courses throughout the United States and abroad. He has published over one hundred seventy scientific papers and abstracts and has been the recipient of the "Outstanding Clinician Award" five times from three different state dental associations, Kentucky (1979), Oklahoma (1985), and Minnesota (1987, 1988, 1989). He is a recipient of the Morse Distinguished Professor Award, the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award, the American Academy of Oral Medicine's Meritorious Service Award, the University of Kentucky Distinguished Alumnus Award, the American Cancer Society's Meritorious Service Award, and is an inductee into Omicron Kappa Upsilon and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, and Men of Achievement, Cambridge, England.
Dr. Rhodus enjoys running marathons, triathlons, tennis, golf, skiing, fishing and basketball.
Introduction to oral pathology
Oral cancer: early detection and chemoprevention
Oral manifestations of systemic disease
Chronic degenerative autoimmune diseases
Co-Investigator, 1% effort, 9/1/02 ? 8/31/06, Behavior Modification, Dentists and Prevention of Oral Cancer, $1,309,000
Co-Investigator, 8% effort, 12/1/02 ? 5/31/05, Phase IIa Clinical Trial on the Effect of the PP AR gamma Activator, Pioglitazone, on Oral Preneoplasia, $609,000
Co-Investigator, 5% effort, 9/30/03 ? 5/31/06, Gene Expression Profiling in Primary Sjogren's Syndrome $650,000
Co-Investigator, 5% effort, 2/1/04 ? 12/31/07, Genomics and Proteomics in Oral Cancer, $3,309,000
Principal Investigator, 20% effort, 6/1/04 ? 5/31/05, An Open-Label Evaluation of 7.5 mg Tablets of Pilocarpine HCl in Head and Neck Cancer Patients for the Treatment of Xerostomia,$20,000
Co-Investigator, 5% effort, 11/1/04, Pre-Malignancy Detection by Fluorescent Spectroscopy, $17,200
Principal Investigator, 1/15/05 ? 12/31/05, A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial of a Topical Anesthetic Agent Combined with an Anti-Inflammatory Agent on Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers, $77,000
Outstanding Professor Award, Oral Roberts University 1985
Seids Cup Award, Outstanding Clinician, Oklahoma Dental Association 1985
Outstanding Professor Award, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 1986-1999
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America 1987-1988
Outstanding Clinician Award, Minnesota Dental Association Star of the North 1987-88-90
Who's Who in the Midwest 1987-Present
American Academy of Oral Medicine Award of Merit 1988
University of Minnesota Alumni Day 1988
Award of Merit, Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation 1989
American Cancer Society Outstanding Contribution to Professional Education 1991-1992
Overall Most Outstanding Instructor of Dental School Career, by Class of 1995 1995
Distinguished Alumnus, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry 1997
Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Minnesota 2000
Inductee, University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers 2000
Recipient, Bush Fellowship Resource Professor Award 2001,2002
Golden Pen Award, International College of Dentists, Northwest Dentistry 2004
Rhodus NL. Oral Cancer: Leukoplakia and squamous cell carcinoma. Dental Clinics of No. America, 2005, 49 (1):143-156.
Rhodus NL, Michalowicz B. GCF levels, sulcular Candida albicans and periodontal status in patients with Sjogren's syndrome. Quintessence International. 2005:34 (3). Accepted for publication.
Rhodus NL, Cheng B, Myers S, Ho V, Ondrey F. NFkappaB dependent cytokines in different oral fluids from patients with oral lichen planus. J. Clin. Immunology, 2005, 97(2):231-237.
Moser KL, Gaffney P, Grandits ME, Emamian E, Machado DB, Baechler EC, Rhodus NL, Behrens TW. The Use of Microarrays to Study Autoimmunity. J Investig Dermatol Symp Proc. 9:18-22, 2004.
Griffin R, Haws J, Rhodus NL, William B. Detection of apoptotic epithelial cells from brush biopsies and saliva of patients with oral premalignant lesions. Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Path. Oral Radiol. Endo. 2004. Submitted for publication.
Rhodus N, Ho V, Ondrey F. Salivary cytokines in patients with oral lichen planus before and after treatment with dexamethasone. Cytokine, 2004. Submitted for publication.
Rhodus NL, Cheng B, Myers, S, Ho V, Ondrey F. Th-1 and Th-2 cytokines in saliva from patients with oral lichen planus. J. Immunology, 2004, 97(2):231-237.
Rhodus NL, Cheng B, Ho V, Myers S, Ondrey F. The utility of NF B dependent cytokine levels in saliva for monitoring the progression of oral premalignant lesions to squamous cell carcinoma. J. Cancer Immunity, 2004. Submitted for publication.
Cheng B, Rhodus NL, William B, Griffin R. Detection of apoptotic epithelial cells from whole saliva of patients with oral preneoplastic lesions and squamous cell carcinoma. Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Path. Oral Radiol. Endo. 2004, 97(2):231-237.
Kumail S, Collier D, Rhodus N, Myers S. Fetal alcohol syndrome. Northwest Dentistry. 2004. 83(1):13-22.
Rhodus N, Bowles W. Proinflammatory cytokines in saliva of patients with burning mouth syndrome. Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Path. Oral Radiol. Endo. 2004. Submitted for publication.
Eisbruch A, Rhodus NL, Rosenthal D, Murphy B, Rasch C, Sonis S, Scarantino C, and Brizel D. The Prevention and Treatment of Radiotherapy-Induced Xerostomia. Sem. Rad. Oncol. 2003;13(3): 308-315.
Eisbruch A, Rhodus NL, Rosenthal D, Murphy B, Rasch C, Sonis S, Scarantino C, and Brizel D. How should we Measure and Report Radiotherapy-Induced Xerostomia. Sem. Rad. Oncol. 2003;13(3): 226-232
Trotti A, Colevas D, Setser A, Rusach A, Jaques D, Budach V, Langer C, Murphy B, Rhodus N, Cumberlin, Coleman N, Rubin P, et.al. CTCAE v3.0 Development of a Comprehensive grading system for the adverse effects of cancer treatment. Sem. Rad. Oncol. 2003;13(3): 176-181.
Rhodus NL, Ho V, Miller CS, Myers S , Ondrey F. NF B dependent cytokine levels in saliva of patients with oral preneoplasia and oral cancer. J. Cancer Detection and Prevention. Accepted for publication.
Rhodus, NL, Fricton JF, Carlson P, Messner R. Oral symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia , J. Rheumatology. 2003. 30: 1841-44.
Rhodus N, Miller CS, Carlson CS; Burning Mouth Disorder; Quintessence International. 2003, 34: 587-91.
Grandits ME, Machado DB, Meyer C, Baechle EC, Hughes K, Lippert, K, Leiran A, Ortmann JE, Gaffney P, Behrens TW, Rhodus NL, Moser KL. Differential Gene Expression Patterns Identified in Sjogren's Syndrome Patients Using Microarray Analysis. Human Genetics. 2003. Submitted for publication.
Mascaronhas J, Rhodus N. Myositis ossificans progressive: a case report. Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Path. Oral Radiol. Endo, 2003. Submitted for publication.
Grandits ME, Machado DB, Meyer C, Behrens TW, Rhodus NL, Moser KL. Microarray Analysis to determine Gene Expression Patterns Identified in patients with Sjogren's Syndrome. J. Rheumatology 44: 129-133, 2003.
Rhodus N, Little JW, Hamamoto D, Vibeto B. Glycemic control of diabetic patients upon admission to the dental clinic. Quintessence International. 2003. Accepted for publication.
Rhodus N, Little JW. An Update on the management of dental patients with cardiac arrhythmias. Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Path. Oral Radiol. Endo. 2003. 96(6): 659-65.
Rhodus N, Miller CS; Burning Mouth Syndrome: A Neuropathic Disorder? J. Ear Nose Throat. 2003. Accepted for publication.
Rhodus N, Myers S, Kumail S. Diagnosis and management of oral lichen planus. Northwest Dentistry, 2003. 82 (2): 17-26.
Rhodus N. Chewing gum for xerostomia. Tufts Health and Nutriton Newsletter. 2003, 21(9): 5.
Rhodus N. Dry mouth: A hallmark of Sjogren's syndrome. Moisture Seekers. 2003, 21(9): 1-3.
Danhauer SC, Miller CS, Rhodus NL, Carlson CR. Impact of criteria-based diagnosis of Burning Mouth Syndrome on treatment outcome. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 2002. 16: 305-311.
Myers S, Rhodus N, Kumail S, Parsons H, Hodges J. A retrospective survey of oral Icehoid lesions: Revisiting the diagnostic process for oral lichen planus. Oral Surg. Oral Med. Oral Path. Oral Radiol. Endo. 2002, 93(9):973- 977.
Rhodus NL. Falace DA. Oral concerns in Lyme disease. Northwest Dentistry, 2002, 81(2):17-18.
Ship J, Cummins M, Fox P, Rhodus N, et al. Interfereon alfa for the treatment of xerostomia in patients with Sjogren's syndrome. Cytokines. 2002, 6: 345-347
Vivino F, Al-Hashimi I, Khan Z, Rhodus NL, et al. A double-blind, fixed-dose, placebo-controlled study of pilocarpine HCl tablets for Sjogren's syndrome. Archives of Int. Medicine. 1999. Accepted for publication.
Rhodus NL, Bloomquist C, Liljemark WF, Bereuter JE. Oral Candida albicans in patients with Sjogren's syndrome , Journal of Ear, Nose and Throat. 1999. 78: 47-53.
Rhodus N, Young L, Lindemann K, Rudney J, Mathur A, and Bereuter, J. Salivary s-IgA and cytokine levels in Sjogren's patients before and after pilocarpine administration. Journal of Clin Invest. 1999. 2 (2): 1-7.
Rhodus N. A clinical evaluation of Optimoist in relieving the signs and symptoms of xerostomia in post-irradiation therapy and Sjogren's syndrome patients. Journal of Otolaryng, 1999.
Rhodus NL, Bloomquist C. Liljemark WF, Bereuter JE. Oral Candida albicans in patients with Sjogren's syndrome long -term administration of pilocarpine HCL. Quintessence International. 1998; 29(11): 705-
Rhodus NL, Bereuter JE. A clinical evaluation of the local effects of Debacterol versus Kenalog-in-Orabase on recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Quintessence International 1998. 29(12):769-775.
Rhodus NL, Bloomquist C, Liljemark WF, Bereuter JE. A comparison of three different methods of detecting oral Candida albicans in patients with Sjogren's syndrome. Quintessence International 1997; 29 (2): 107- .
Rhodus NL. Oral Pilocarpine HCl stimulates labial (minor) salivary flow in patients with Sjogren's syndrome. Journal of Oral Diseases, 1997; 3(6):116-123.
Rhodus NL, Bloomquist C, Liljemark WF, Bereuter JE. Prevalence, density and manifestations of oral Candida albicans in patients with Sjogren's syndrome. Journal of Otolaryngology, 1997; 26(5):1-9.
Rhodus NL, Colby SA, Moller K, Bereuter JE. Articulatory speech performance in patients with salivary gland dysfunction: a pilot study , Quintessence International, 1995; 26(11):805-812.
Rhodus NL, Colby SA, Moller K, Bereuter, JE. Dysphagia in patients with Sjogren's syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus. Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, 1995;79:305-310.
Rhodus NL, Colby SA, Moller K, Bereuter JE. Dysphagia in patients with salivary gland dysfunction of three different etiologies. Journal of Ear, Nose and Throat, 1995; 74 (1):39-46.
Rhodus NL and Moller K. Dysphagia in post-irradiation therapy head and neck cancer patients , Journal of Cancer Research, Therapy and Control, 1994; 4: 49-55.
Little JW, Rhame F, Melnick S, Decher l, Balfour,H. Rhodus N et al. Prevalence of oral lesions among individuals with symptomatic and asymptomatic Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection. Journal of General Dentistry. 1994; 42 (10): 446-450.
Rhodus NL and Kuba R. Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia and Mandibular Sclerotic Bone Changes , Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, 1993;75 (1):48-.
Little JW, Rhame F, Melnick S, Decher l, Balfour H, Rhodus NL et al. Prevalence of oral lesions among individuals with asymptomatic Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection, Journal of General Dentistry. 1993; 21(2): 281-285.
Rhodus NL and Little JW. Dental management of the renal transplant patient, Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, 1993; 14 (4): 518-532.
Johnson JT, Ferretti GT, Nethery JW, Valdez IH, Fox PC et al. Oral pilocarpine for post- irradiation xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer. New England Journal of Medicine, 1993; 329 (6): 390-395.
Little JW and Rhodus NL, Dental management of the heart transplant patient, Journal of General Dentistry. 1992, 40(2):126-130.
Little JW and Rhodus NL. Dental management of the liver transplant patient, Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, 1992; 73(4):419-426.
Rhodus NL and Little JW. Dental management of the bone marrow transplant patient, Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, 1992; 13 (11): 1040-1050.
Rhodus NL and Schuh MJ. The effects of Pilocarpine on salivary flow in Sjogren's syndrome patients, Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, 72 (11): 545-9. 1991.
Rhodus NL, Little JW, Johnson DK. Electrocardiographic examination of dental patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Special Patient Care in Dentistry, April 1990:46-51.
Tseng CC, Rhodus NL, Wolfe LF, and Aeppli DM. The Periodontal Status of Patients with Sjogren's syndrome,Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 17(6):329-330.1990.
Rhodus NL. Xerostomia, Drugs, Nutritional status and laboratory values in Institutionalized Older Adults,Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, 70:457. 1990
Rhodus NL. Prevalence and significance of maxillary sinus mucous retention cysts in a general clinic population, Journal of Ear, Nose and Throat, 1990. 69 (2): 82-91.
Rhodus NL. Prevalence and significance of maxillary sinus mucous retention cysts in a general clinic population. Journal of Ear, Nose and Throat. Feb 1990, 69: 82-91.
Rhodus NL and Johnson DK. The prevalence of oral manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus. Quintessence International, 1990, 21: 231-235.
Rhodus NL and Brown J. The association of xerostomia and inadequate intake in older adults. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 1990; 90(12): 1688-1693.
Rhodus NL, Bakdash B, Little JW. Dental practice implications of the changing medical profile of dental patients. Journal of the American Dental Association. 1989 (9): 414-417.
Rhodus NL. Xerostomia and glossodynia in patients with autoimmune disorders. Journal of Ear, Nose and Throat. April, 1989, 68: 791-795.
Rhodus NL. Nutritional analysis of older adults with Sjogren's syndrome Gerodontology, 1988. 7 (2): 61-69.
Rhodus NL. Xerostomia and the geriatric patient. Dentistry 88, 1988. 8 (2): 12-16.