Joel Greenspan, PhD, Biography

Dr. Joel GreenspanJoel D. Greenspan, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry.  He is the Co-Director of the recently established University of Maryland Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research, Co-Director of a NIH-funded UM Center for Genomics of Pain, and Director of the Brotman Facial Pain Clinic, UM School of Dentistry.‌

Dr. Greenspan received his Ph.D. from the Neuroscience Program of Florida State University, and conducted postdoctoral work in the Neurobiology Program of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  He holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, and in the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.

Dr. Greenspan has studied the neural mechanisms of pain and somesthesis for over 30 years, and has authored over 100 scientific publications in the field.  He serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Pain, and has served as a reviewer for many other pain and neuroscience journals, as well as NIH study sections. He was co-organizer of two scientific conferences: an international workshop entitled “Sensory Evaluation for Pain and Analgesia Research,” held in St. Petersburg, Russia (2007), and “Consensus Conference to Establish Guidelines for Research on Sex Differences in Pain,” held in Baltimore, MD (2006). Each of these conferences resulted in a consensus paper appearing in the journal Pain.