Eric Schiffman is a professor in the Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain at the University of Minnesota. He has over 30 years of experience treating Orofacial Pain patients with extensive expertise in the treatment of patients with TMD. He has received over $15 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has over 50 publications. He has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on topics pertaining to the prevalence, etiology, diagnosis, and management of patients with TMD. Past research includes developing and publishing validated Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (DC/TMD) for the most common TMD - for use in both the clinical and research settings. Past research in TMD management includes assessing the long-term effectiveness, in symptomatic closed lock patients, of medical management compared to comprehensive rehabilitation with and without TMJ surgery. His recent research assessed the longitudinal impact of TMJ intra-articular disorders on jaw pain, function and disability. He is currently the principal investigator in a National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) study that is assessing the management of TMD patients by dentists in their practices. He is the inventor and co-owner of the Restful Jaw Company maker of the Restful Jaw device (restfuljaw.com) used to support the jaw during dental treatments. Finally, he is a co-owner of the inter-disciplinary Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic where he manages TMD and Orofacial Pain patients.