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Faculty

Dr. Ana Mercado
• Clinical Assistant Professor, DDS, MS, PhD

• Craniofacial Program Coordinator
 

Dr. Ana Mercado joined the OSU Section of Orthodontics in April 2002. She is a 1992 graduate from the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry. After receiving her DMD degree, she came to OSU and completed a General Practice Residency in June 1993.

Dr. Mercado continued her career at The Ohio State University earning a Masters degree in Oral Biology in 1995. Her research project was titled "Effect of psychosocial stress on whole blood Interleukin-1 beta mRNA expression." This work was published in the Lancet journal.

In 1995, Dr. Mercado received the NIDCR Dentist Scientist Award for the development of her research career and clinical training in the fields of Orthodontics. In 1998, she completed the Orthodontic residency. In 2001, Dr. Mercado completed her PhD in Oral Biology with a dissertation titled "Altered gene expression of Interleukin-1 alpha, Interleukin-1 beta, and Keratinocyte growth factor-1 in early cutaneous wounds of restrained mice." This work has been published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity and the Journal of Neuroimmunology.

Dr. Mercado is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Orthodontics. She is also part of the medical staff of Children's Hospital Dental Clinic, where she supervises and coordinates orthodontic care to patients with craniofacial anomalies.

Dr. Mercado's current research interests involve the development of clinical outcome measures in the dental care of patients with cleft lip and palate. email mercado-cruz.30@osu.edu