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Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry & Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh

Matthew Cooke, DDS, MD, MPH is an associate professor in the Departments of Dental Anesthesiology and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dental Medicine. Cooke is board-certified by The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and The National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He received his dental and medical degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia, and he completed residencies in pediatric dentistry and anesthesiology. He also earned a Master’s in Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Cooke’s overall goals are to improve access to care and to be an advocate for sedation and anesthesia in pediatric dentistry. He oversees the local anesthesia curriculum at the School of Dental Medicine, and he serves as the director of the Healthy Athletes Program for Special Olympics of Virginia and Pennsylvania. His research interests include local anesthetics in dentistry, sedation and anesthesia in pediatric dentistry, post-operative pain management for oral and maxillofacial surgery, management of patients with intellectual and development disorders, early childhood caries, delivery of oral health services in medical setting, and utilization of dental services in public programs.


  • –present
    Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh