Sudha Gudhimella, BDS, MS, MBA

Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitative & Reconstructive Dentistry | Director of Predoctoral Clinical Orthodontics | Faculty, University of Louisville Graduate School

School of Dentistry, 501 S. Preston St., Room 362 502-852-5282


To make an appointment with Dr. Gudhimella, call 502-852-3544
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  • Master of Business Administration (Concentration: Healthcare Management) - The University of Findlay, 2018
  • MS/Orthodontics Residency - University of Kentucky, 2017
  • Fellowship in Craniofacial Biology - University of Kentucky, 2013
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery - Government Dental College & Hospital (Hyderabad, India), 2010                                                                        

Teaching Areas

  • Orthodontics

Honors and Awards

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists Foundation Scholarship for  ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching & Learning in Health Professions, 2022
  • Robert E. Binder Teaching Fellowship Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, 2019
  • Harry Sicher Award, 2018
  • Willie and Earl Shepard Fellowship Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, 2018
  • Research Aid Award (RAA) from American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, 2017
  • Resident Research Funding from Southern Association of Orthodontists, 2017
  • Charley Schultz Award, 2017
  • Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics Research Award, 2017

Professional Activities

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair, ADEA Section on Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • The International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • Kentucky Association of Orthodontists


  • ULSD Diversity Committee
  • ULSD DMD Curriculum Committee
  • ULSD COPC Committee
  • ULSD Student Grievance Committee

Research Interests and Current Projects

  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Bone Biology
  • Sleep Apnea                                                                               


Journal Articles
  • McDonald A, Warden C, Tan J, Piell KM, Steinbach-Rankins JM, Janakiraman N, Scott DA, Cole MP,  Gudhimella S. Synthesis and Characterization of a Sustained Nitric Oxide-Releasing Orthodontic Elastomeric Chain for Antimicrobial Action. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2024 25:13. 
  • Gudhimella, S., Gandhi, V., Schiro, N.L. and Janakiraman, N., 2022. Management of Anterior Open Bite and Skeletal Class II Hyperdivergent Patient with Clear Aligner Therapy. Turkish Journal of Orthodontics, 35(2), pp.139-149.
  • Gudhimella, S., Gandhi, V., Glatt, B., Wong, A., Wood, C., Janakiraman, N., Spiller, R. and Chandiramani, S., 2022. Racial and gender differences of cervical vertebral maturation staging between African Americans versus Caucasian patients of various age groups: A retrospective study. International Orthodontics, p.100606
  • Renaud, L., Gandhi, V., West, C., Gudhimella, S. and Janakiraman, N., 2021. Comparison of anterior maxillary and mandibular alveolar parameters in African American and Caucasian women: A retrospective pilot study. Imaging Science in Dentistry51(2), p.175.
  • Warden, Carly, Warden, C., Tan, J., Piell, K.M., Janakiraman, N., Meyerhoff, M.E., Steinbach-Rankins, J.M., Cole, M.P. and Gudhimella, S., 2021. A novel, nitric oxide-releasing elastomeric chain for antimicrobial action: proof of concept. Materials Research Express, 8(9), p.095309.
  • Gudhimella, S., Ibrahim, A.Y., Karanth, D., Kluemper, A.M., Westgate, P.M., Puleo, D.A. and Huja, S.S., 2019. A rodent model using skeletal anchorage and low forces for orthodontic tooth movement. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 155(2), pp.254-263.
  • Ibrahim, A.Y., Gudhimella, S., Pandruvada, S.N. and Huja, S.S., 2017. Resolving differences between animal models for expeited orthodontic tooth movement. Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research20, pp.72-76.
  • Pandruvada, S.N., Gonzalez, O.A., Kirakodu, S., Gudhimella, S., Stromberg, A.J., Ebersole, J.L., Orraca, L., Gonzalez‐Martinez, J., Novak, M.J. and Huja, S.S., 2016. Bone biology‐related gingival transcriptome in aging and periodontitis in non‐human primates. Journal of clinical periodontology43(5), pp.408-417.