Cory Pickens, MD, attended and graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2000. He accepted an anesthesia residency training position
with a fellowship position in neuro – anesthesia from the University
of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington and graduated in 2004. Doctor Pickens hospital based work included a 6-year Neuro Anesthesia Chairmanship at SVH and 15 years of Trauma and Emergency Anesthesia coverage at level 1 and 2 trauma centers. As an associate professor for RMC Dr. Pickens began actively sedating for
dental offices while studying dental sedation outpatient protocols. He created office based double jaw advancement anesthesia protocols with Dr. Clark Taylor. During his dental sedation studies and practice, he developed new oral conscious sedation combination protocols and improved pediatric sedation protocols that are now used nationwide. As Dr. Pickens identified large gaps in the dental and medical sedation
communities, he formed the Academy of Dental and Medical Anesthesia to improve dental sedation nationwide. His ultimate goal is to protect the autonomy of a dentist to sedate while advancing dental sedation training.