Faculty Information

Lorel E. Burns, DDS, MS

Assistant Professor
345 E. 24th Street, Suite 4W, New York, NY 10010
E-mail: lorel.burns@nyu.edu
Phone: 212-998-9332


  • MS, Clinical Investigation, Concentration in Comparative Effectiveness Research, NYU School of Medicine
  • Certificate, Endodontics, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • DDS, NYU College of Dentistry
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania

Honors / Credentials

  • Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
  • Associate, New York University Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management
  • Member, Omega Chapter, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Honor Dental Society
  • District II Director, American Association of Endodontists, 2023- 2026
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/ American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Foundation Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute, 2023-2024
  • Junior Faculty Award, American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/ ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows/ Colgate- Palmolive Co., 2022
  • Harold Amos Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2021-2024
  • Making a Difference Award, New York University, 2020
  • Endodontic Educator Fellowship Award, American Association of Endodontists, 2019
  • President’s Service Award, New York University, 2013

Research Interests / Professional Overview

Dr. Lorel Burns is a clinician-investigator. Her research interests include topics relevant to access to oral health care:

  • Endodontic treatment outcomes
    • Disparities in the provision and outcomes of endodontic treatment
  • Clinician decision-making
  • Dental care affordability
  • Dental education
    • Development of a diverse dental workforce
    • YouTube as a learning resource

Additionally, Dr. Burns is the co-founder and co-director of NYU Dentistry Saturday Academy, a pathway program for high school students from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds, established in 2012. Saturday Academy has the two-fold mission of introducing students to the dental profession as well as helping them navigate the college application process. She is also the faculty mentor of the NYU Dentistry chapter of the Student National Dental Association. Dr. Burns maintains part-time private practice, limited to endodontics.

Current Funding

  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 2022-2027: R25 DE032528 Research Education in Oral Health Sciences (REOHS) Summer Program
  • NYU Center for Faculty Advancement, 2022-2023: Teaching Advancement Grant, Reducing Perceived Barriers to Achieving Competency in Clinical Endodontics
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harold Amos Faculty Development Program 2021-2024: Access to and Utilization of Regenerative Endodontics Procedures and Pulp Therapy in a Pediatric Population
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 2019-2024: K01 DE028591 Root Canal Therapy in Children: Analysis of Disparities and Value

Previous Funding

American Dental Education Association, ADEAGies Foundation (2020-2022): New York University College of Dentistry, Saturday Academy: Lengthening the Pipeline for Program Alumni

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.