Prof. Ilana Eli

Prof. Ilana Eli
Phone: 03-6405572
Fax: 03-6409250


Professor, Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Head, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University




1970 – 1976 D.M.D., Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University
1986 Certificate to practice Hypnosis
1989 Specialization Certificate in Prosthodontics
1991 Certificate in Teaching of Scientific and Clinical Hypnosis



Membership in Professional Societies 

  • Israel Dental Association
  • Israel Association for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • International Association for Dental Research
  • Alpha Omega Fraternity
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • European Academy of Craniomandiblar Disorders



Behavioral Sciences in Dentistry

Our group specializes particularly in the field of behavioral sciences in dentistry including clinical hypnosis, oro-related behavioral dysfunctions, psycho-physiological aspects of acute and chronic pain, and stress in clinical and other settings.


Research topics:

  1. Stress, pain and behavior in dental care
  2. Oro-related behavioral dysfunctions (dental fear, anxiety and phobia, excessive gagging reflex)
  3. Chronic orofacial pain and TMD
  4. Psychosocial factors in pain
  5. Sexual and oral functioning


Patents and Publications


  1. M. Rosenberg and I. Eli .Method of separating or purifying proteins and other biopolymers U.S. Patent No. 4,873,317 Israel Patent No. 78130
  2. M. Rosenberg, I. Eli and E. Weiss. Dental caries diagnostic and localization technique U.S. Patent No. 4,976,951 European Patent Application No. 86630135.1
  3. E. Rosenberg, A. Manor, I. Eli, M. Varon and H. Judes. Treatment of gingivitis by adherent antibiotics Israel Patent Application No. 90139



Recent Publications

E. Elran, G. Bronner , N. Uziel, I. Eli , ND Kitrey, G. Raviv. Impact of vaginal penetration difficulties on sexual function of women and their male partners. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 2014 (in press)


I. Eli. Clinical Decision Making – the Danger of Confirmation Bias (Editorial). Journal of Orofacial Pain, 26, 265-266, 2012


N. Uziel, G. Bronner, E. Elran, I. Eli. Sexual correlates of gagging and dental anxiety. Community Dental Health, 29, 243-247, 2012


A. Emodi-Perlman, I. Eli, P. Friedman-Rubin, C. Goldsmith, S. Reiter, E.Winocur. Bruxism, oral parafunctions, anamnestic and clinical findings of temporomandibular disorders in children. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 39, 126-135, 2012


R. Defrin, I. Eli, D. Pud. The interactions between sex, ethnicity and religion on gender role expectations of pain. Gender Medicine 8, 172-183, 2011


E. Winocur , N. Uziel , T. Lisha, C. Goldsmith, I. Eli.. Self-reported bruxism – associations with perceived stress, motivation for control, dental anxiety and gagging .Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 38, 3-11, 2011


M. Ashkenazi, S. Blumer, I. Eli. Effect of computerized delivery intraligamental injection in primary molars on corresponding permanent tooth buds. International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, 20, 270-275, 2010


I. Eli. Placebo/Nocebo: The “Biochemical” Power of Words and Suggestions (Editorial). Journal of Orofacial Pain, 24, 333-334, 2010


S. Reiter, I. Eli, A. Gavish, E. Winocur Ethnic Differences in Orofacial Pain among Jewish and Arabic Populations in Israel Journal of Orofacial Pain, Vol: 20(1) (pp: 36-42), 2006 


L. S. Behar-Horenstein, G.S. Mitchell, N. Notzer, R. Penfield, I. Eli Teaching Style Beliefs Among US and Israeli Faculty Journal of Dental Education, Vol: 70(8) (pp: 851-856), 2006


T. Komabayashi, M. Kawamura, K-J. Kim, F. A.C. Wright, D. Declerck D-Y. Hu, E. Honkala, G. Lévy, M. Kalwitzki, A. Polychronopoulou, I. Eli, S. Petti, P. Srisilapanan, S. Y. L. Kwan, L. S. Centore The hierarchical cluster analysis of oral health attitudes and behaviour using the Hiroshima University - Dental Behavioral Inventory (HU-DBI) among final year dental students in 17 countries International Dental Journal, Vol: 56 (pp. 310-316), 2006


M. Ashkenazi, S. Blumer, I. Eli Effectiveness of various modes of computerized delivery anesthesia in maxillary primary molars Pediatric Dentistry, Vol: 28(1), (pp. 29-38), 2006


D. Swartz-Arad, Y. Bartal, I. Eli The effect of stress on information processing in the dental implant surgery setting Clinical Oral Implants Research, Vol:18 (pp. 9-12), 2007


E. Winocur, L. Peleg, H. Hermesh, D. Littner, I. Eli Signs of bruxism and temporomandibular disorders among psychiatric patients Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology & Endodontology, Vol: 103 (pp.60-63), 2007


M. Ashkenazi, S. Blumer, I. Eli Post-operative pain and use of analgesic agents in children following intrasulcular anesthesia and various operative procedures British Dental Journal, Vol:202, E13 (pp.1-4), 2007


M. Shapiro, R. Nordau Melmed, H.D. Sgan-Cohen, I. Eli, S. Parush The Behavioral and Physiological Effect of Dental Environment Sensory Adaptation on Children's Dental Anxiety European Journal of Oral Sciences, Vol: 115, (pp. 479-483), 2007 


I. Eli, D. Schwartz-Arad, Y. Bartal Anxiety and Ability to Recognize Clinical Information in Dentistry Journal of Dental Research, Vol: 87(1), (pp. 65-68), 2008


A. Emodi-Perlman, T. Yoffe, N. Rosenberg, I. Eli, Z. Alter, E. Winocur Prevalence of psychological, dental and temporomandibular signs and symptoms among chronic eating disorders patients: a comparative control study Journal of Orofacial Pain, Vol 22(3), (pp.201-208), 2008


E. Winocur, M. Shteinkeller-Dekel, S. Reiter, I. Eli A retrospective analysis of temporomandibular findings among Israeli-born patients based of the RDC/TMD Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, Vol: 36, (pp.11-17), 2009


R. Defrin, L. Shramm, I. Eli Gender role expectations of pain are associated with pain tolerance limit but not with pain threshold Pain, Vol: 145, (pp.230-236), 2009 


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