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Stephen Thaddeus Connelly DDS,MD,PhD,FACS

Staff Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, SFVAMC
Email: Stephen.connelly2@va.gov

Temporomandibular joint disorder, Pain, PTSD

Dr. S. Thaddeus Connelly received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Columbia University in New York, completed an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency, obtained a Medical Degree and Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Connelly is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an actively practicing, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with a clinical subspecialty in treating temporomandibular disorders. He has been involved in pain research throughout his clinical training, however, his doctoral studies focused on investigating how the stromal tumor microenvironment contributes to the development and aggressiveness of human oral squamous cell carcinoma. This is work that evolved from his interest in oral cancer related pain.

Research Focus

Dr. Connelly is currently taking a clinical approach to investigating the mechanisms that generate and maintain chronic pain conditions such as temporomandibular disorder and their relationship to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The long-term goal of this research is to develop clinical protocols that can successfully intervene and lessen the impact of these often co-morbid conditions.

 

To see Dr. Connelly on Pub Med, click here.