Faculty Information

Alexander R. Kerr, DDS, MSD

Clinical Professor
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine
Floor 8W Weissman, 421 First Avenue
E-mail: ark3@nyu.edu


1985 BS, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada, Hons (Life Sciences) (1st Class)
1989 DDS, McGill University, Canada
1990 General Practice Residency, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
1996 MSD, Certificate in Oral Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle

Research Interests / Professional Overview

Oral Cancer & Premalignant DisordersOral Mucosal DiseasesDry Mouth/XerostomiaTobacco Cessation

Current Funding

Principal Investigator (NYU Site)

Characterization of Suspicious Oral Lesions Using a Novel Lab-On Chip Ensembles: NIH-NIDCR (RC2)

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

Search PubMed for articles.

Kerr AR. Life-Saving Oral Cancer Screening. New York State Dental Journal 2000;66(7):26-30

Kerr AR. Update on Renal Disease for the Dental Practitioner. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2001;92:9-16

Kerr AR. Early Detection and Prevention of Oral Cancer: The Role of The Oral Health Care Provider: The American Dental Institute for Continuing Education 2001;75:15-26

Ship JA, Kerr AR. Extrinsic and Intrinsic Causes of Tooth Discoloration. eMedicine Journal [serial online], March 19 2002, Volume 3, Number 3 Available at eMedicine

Kerr AR, Cruz GD. Oral Cancer: Practical Prevention and Early Detection for the Dental Team. New York State Dental Journal 2002;68(7):44-54

Kerr AR, Ship JA Management Strategies for HIV-Associated Aphthous Stomatitis. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2003; 4(10): 669-680

Kerr AR, Drexel C, Spielman A. The Efficacy and Safety of 50 mg Penicillin G Potassium Troches for Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers, Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod, 2003; 96:685-94

Kerr AR, Changrani JG, Gany FN, Cruz GD. An Academic Dental Center Grapples with Oral Cancer Disparities. Journal of Dental Education 2004; 68(4): 531-541

Spivakovsky S, Kerr AR, Ship JA. Diagnosis and Management of Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis and Recurrent Oral Herpes. Journal of Practical Hygiene 2005;14(6):8-12

Morse DE, Kerr AR. Disparities in oral and pharyngeal cancer incidence, mortality, and survival among black and white Americans. J Am Dent Assoc 2006;137:203-212

Changrani J. Cruz GD, Kerr AR, Katz RV, Gany FM. Paan and Gutka use in the United States: A Pilot Study in Bangladeshi and Indian-Gujarati Immigrants in New York City. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies 2006;4(1):99-109

Di Fede O, Belfiore P, Cabibi D, De Canti S, Maresi E, Kerr AR, Campisi G. Unexpected High Frequency of Genital Involvement in Women with Clinical and Histological Features of Oral Lichen Planus. Acta Derm Venereol 2006;86(5):443-8

Kerr AR, Epstein JE, Sirois DA. Clinical Evaluation of Chemiluminescent Lighting, an Adjunct for Oral Mucosal Examination. Journal of Clinical Dentistry 2006;17(3): 59-63

Lo Muzio L, Lo Russo L, Massaccesi C, Rapelli G, Panzarella V, Di Fede O, Kerr AR, Campisi G. Eating Disorders: A Threat for Women’s Health. Oral Manifestations in a Comprehensive Overview. Minerva Stomatologia 2007; 56(5):281-92

Kerr AR, Katz RW, Ship JA. A Comparison of the Effects of Two Commercially Available Non-Prescription Mouthrinses on Salivary Flow Rates and Xerostomia- A Pilot Study. Quintessence International 2007; 38(2):e440-7

Ship JA, McCutcheon JA, Spivakovsky S, A. Kerr AR. Safety and Effectiveness of Topical Dry Mouth Products Containing Olive Oil, Betaine, and Xylitol in Reducing Xerostomia for Polypharmacy-Induced Dry Mouth. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation 2007; 34:724-32

Clemmens D, Kerr AR. Improving Oral Health in Women: Nurses’ Call to Action. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing 2008; 33(1): 10-16

Patton LL, Epstein JB, Kerr AR. Adjuncts for Oral Cancer Examination and Lesion Diagnosis: A Systematic Review of Literature. J Am Dent Assoc 2008; 139(7):896-905

Dadlani C, Mengden S, Kerr AR. White Sponge Nevus. Dermatology Online Journal 2008;14(5)16

Compilato D, Cirillo N, Kerr AR, Termine N, Paderni C, Ciavarella D, Campisi G. Long- standing oral ulcers: proposal of a novel classification “S-C-D system” J Oral Path Med 2009

Kerr AR, Corby PM, Shah SS, Epler M, Fisch GS, Norman RG. Use of a mucoadhesive disk for relief of dry mouth. A randomized, double-masked, controlled crossover study. JADA 2010;141(10):1250-6

Pattani KM, Zhang Z, Demokan S, Glazer C, Loyo M, Goodman S, Sidransky D, Bermudez F, Jean-Charles G, McCaffrey T, Padhya T, Phelan J, Spivakovsky S, Yoo Bowne H, Goldberg JD, Rolnitzky L, Robbins M, Kerr AR, Sirois D, and Califano JA. Endothelin Receptor Type B Gene Promoter Hypermethylation in Salivary Rinses Is Independently Associated with Risk of Oral Cavity Cancer and Premalignancy. Cancer Prev Res 2010;3:1093-1103

Silverman S. Jr, Kerr AR, Epstein JB. Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Control and Early Detection. J Cancer Educ 2010;25:279-281

Greenberg MS, Hodgson T, Jontell M, Kerr AR, Lockhart PB, Peterson D, Wray D. World Workshop on Oral Medicine. Oral Diseases 2011;17(Suppl 1):1-

Kerr AR, Warnakulasuriya S, Mighell AJ, Dietrich T, Nasser M, Rimal J, Jalil A, Bornstein MM, Nagao T, Fortune F, Hazarey VH, Reichart PA, Silverman S, Johnson NW. A Systematic Review of Medical Interventions for Oral Submucous Fibrosis and Future Research Opportunities. Oral Diseases 2011;17(Suppl 1):42-57

Sankar V, Hearnden V, Hull K, Juras DV, Greenberg M, Kerr AR, Lockhart P, Patton LL, Porter S, Thornhill M. Local Drug Delivery for Oral Mucosal Diseases: Challenges and Opportunities. Oral Diseases 2011;17(Suppl 1):95-98

Rogers H, Sollecito TP, Yepes JF, Williams M, D’Ambrosio JA, Hodgson TA, Prescott-Clements L, Wray D, Kerr AR. An International Survey in Postgraduate Training in Oral Medicine. Oral Diseases 2011;17(Suppl 1):73-84

Hearnden V, Sankar V, Hull K, Vidovic D, Greenberg M, Kerr AR, Lockhart PB, Patton LL, Porter S, Thornhill MH. Developments & Opportunities in Mucosal Drug Delivery for Local and Systemic Disease. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews (epub March 1, in press)

Irwin J, Thyvalikakath T, Spallek H, Wali T, Kerr AR, Schleyer T. English and Spanish oral cancer information on the Internet: a pilot surface quality and content evaluation of oral cancer websites. J Public Health Dent 2011;71(2):106-16

Kurago ZB, Kerr AR, Narayana N. Clinical Pathologic Conference Case 5: Agranulocytosis. Head Neck Pathol 2011;5(3):286-91

Jahangiri L, Pigliacelli S, Kerr AR. Severe and Rapid Erosion of Dental Enamel from Swimming: Clinical Report. J. Prosthetic Dentistry. 2011;106(4):219-23