Marcela Romero-Reyes, D.D.S., Ph.D., Biography

Headshot - M Romero‌‌Dr. Marcela Romero-Reyes is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, and Clinical Director of the Brotman Facial Pain Clinic. Dr. Romero is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the fields of orofacial pain and headache. ‌

Dr. Romero graduated in 1999 from the School of Dentistry at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). In 2006, she obtained her PhD in Oral Biology and her Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction residency program certificate at UCLA, School of Dentistry. Subsequently, she pursued postdoctoral training in neuroscience with a focus in primary headaches at the UCLA Headache Research and Treatment Program now known as the Goldberg Migraine Program in the department of Neurology, David Geffen, School of Medicine at UCLA. 

Dr. Romero is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain as well as Fellow of the American Headache Society. Dr. Romero is the first recipient of the American Headache Society/ Migraine Research Foundation Thomas E. Heftler Migraine Research Award, a first place awardee of the American Association of Dental Research Hatton award, as well as a recipient of the NYU Whitehead Fellowship in Biomedical and Biological Sciences. 

For seven years prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Romero was an Assistant Professor at the New York University College of Dentistry in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine. Dr. Romero was the Director of the NYU Orofacial and Head Pain clinical service and the Director of the Advanced Program for International Dentists in Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain. 

Dr. Romero is an NIH/NIDCR funded researcher and has multiple clinical and basic science publications in the fields of orofacial pain and headache, tumor immunology and inflammation. Her research interests are pain neuro-immune and nitro-oxidative mechanisms, the discovery of new targets for the management of chronic orofacial pain and headache disorders, the co-morbidity between Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and headache as well as the discovery of new biomarkers for the prevention of chronic pain outcomes.With Dr. Romero’s arrival, the Brotman Clinic is now offering the highest quality services for diagnosis and management of a wide spectrum of orofacial pain disorders that includes TMD, cranial neuralgias, peripheral and central neuropathies, as well as primary headache disorders. We welcome referrals and patient inquiries at the following number: 410-706-7961.