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Neil S. Norton, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
Professor of Oral Biology





  Address:  Creighton University
                    School of Dentistry
                    2500 California Plaza
                    Omaha, Nebraska 68178  USA
  Phone:  800-544-5072
  Fax:  402-280-5094







Dr. Norton is originally from Hampton, Virginia. He received a B.A. degree in Biology from Randolph-Macon College and a Ph.D. degree in Anatomy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry in 1996 and currently is a Professor of Oral Biology.



Dr. Norton is a tenured faculty member with primary responsibility for teaching Gross Anatomy and Head & Neck Anatomy lecture and laboratory to pre-clinical Freshman dental students. Additionally, he provides instruction in the Pain Control course for Sophomores. Dr. Norton also serves as a mentor for various graduate and dental student research projects. He has received over 20 Teaching awards at Creighton including Outstanding Freshman Instructor, Preclinical Instruction by Senior classes, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement by the Creighton Student Union; the highest teaching award given by Creighton University, and the GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Teaching Award in 2007; the highest national award given by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


Dr. Nortonís research activities have included various basic science and dental materials based projects. He has served as PI or Co-PI on two NIH student training grants, two Health Futures Foundation grants, local Creighton competitive grants and a collaborative grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Norton has presented work at national and international meetings, authored over 90 Abstracts, 4 book chapters, and currently has published, or in press, over 25 peer reviewed articles. He was an author on Presidential Award presentation by the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) along with Drs. Alan Richards and Thomas H. Quinn. Dr. Nortonís most significant work is the book, Netterís Head & Neck Anatomy for Dentistry. Currently, this text has been translated into 9 languages and is in its 2nd edition. He also wrote Netterís Advanced Head & Neck Anatomy Flash Cards through Elsevier, a 248 card set designed for advanced health professionals and Netterís Advanced Head & Neck Anatomy Flash Cards for the iPod/iTouch. Dr. Norton's major area of interest is in Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) and he has given over 20 international presentations on the topic.


Dr. Norton has served on a series of All-University and Dental School committees. From 2006-2010, he served two terms as the President of the University Faculty and has previously served terms as Secretary of the All-University Faculty Council. Dr. Norton has served as Chair on the University Committee on Rank & Tenure, Academic Freedom & Responsibility Committee, and Committee on Committees. Prior to being named Director of Admissions, he had served as a member of the Admissions Committee since 1997. Dr. Noton continues to take numerous recruitment trips on behalf of the School of Dentistry. He is actively involved in the AACA and has served as the Treasurer of that international organization for 8 years.  He was recently elected to serve in the Presidential cycle of the AACA. He has served as a Guest Editor, Associate Editor, Assistant Editor, and Reviewer for many journals in his area of expertise. An active member of ADEA, Dr. Norton was selected as a member in the ADEA Leadership Institute for the Class of 2007 and recently completed serving as the chair of the Anatomical Sciences section of ADEA. Currently, he enjoys serving as Creighton's Faculty Athletic Representative to the Big East Conference.


Patti Churchill and Diane Travis


Patti Churchill (seated), Director of Student Services, and Diane Travis, Administrative Assistant, are Dr. Norton's team for admissions. Patti and Diane do an outstanding job with our prospective students, who find them to be friendly, outgoing, and helpful.