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  • Robert Gatewood, DMD

    Robert GatewoodInterim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Chair, Endodontics

    Professor, Endodontics
    Phone: (601) 984-6125
    Fax: (601) 984-6124
    E-mail: rgatewood@umc.edu


    • Certificate in Endodontics - Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, 1988  
    • DMD - University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, 1984  
    • BS - Mississippi College, 1980

    Board certificates

    • American Board of Endodontics, 1994

    Society memberships

    • American Dental Association
    • Mississippi Dental Association
    • American Dental Education Association
    • American College of Dentists
    • University of Mississippi Dental Alumni Association
    • Americcan Association of Endodontists
    • Mississippi Association of Endodontists
    • Omicron Kappa Upsilon
    • Mississippi College National M Club

    Teaching areas

    • Pulpal Disorders I- 630-1
    • Pulpal Disorders II- 630-2
    • Clinical Practice 675
    • Lectures in several other dental school courses as well as in the departments of Dental Hygiene and Anatomy

    Research areas

    • Endodontic restorative materials
    • Leakage of endodontic filling materials
    • Endodontic radiography

    Clinical interests

    • Rotary canal instrumentation
    • Endodontic quality assurance

    Biographical information

    Dr. Gatewood grew up in Raymond, Miss., and graduated with special distinction from Mississippi College in 1980. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in 1984. After graduation, Dr. Gatewood served on the faculty at the School of Dentistry for two years before leaving for his residency in endodontics at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He received a certificate in endodontics in 1988 and returned to Jackson to enter private practice.

    While in practice, Dr. Gatewood was a part-time faculty member in the Department. of Endodontics. In 1993, Dr. Gatewood joined the faculty on a full-time basis. In 1994, he became board certified by the American Board of Endodontics. In July, 2005 Dr. Gatewood was appointed chair of the Department of Endodontics.

    Dr. Gatewood serves on numerous School of Dentistry and Medical Center committees and has been president of the Mississippi Association of Endodontists for 10 years. He was practice administrator for University Dentists, PLLC from 2000-05. Dr. Gatewood is a two-time recipient of the Nelson Order at UMMC, an honor society recognizing teaching excellence. In 2012, he was named interim associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Dentistry while remaining chair of the Department of Endodontics.

    A member of the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1994 to 2016, Dr. Gatewood was promoted in 2008 to the rank of colonel. He was the 2012 Distinguished Biology Alumnus at Mississippi College. Dr. Gatewood and his wife Cathy reside in Clinton, Miss.