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The Oral Pathology Symposium focuses on maxillofacial pathology covering a variety of conditions encountered in general and specialty dental practices. This symposium will be broken into four unique topics detailed below:



Ulcerative Conditions

Presented by Ashley Clark, DDS



During this section, Ashley Clark, DDS will discuss ulcerations; including single ulcerations and syndromes and autoimmune diseases, which cause numerous ulcerations. Through this course, participants will become comfortable with recognizing oral ulcerations, determining the etiology, and identifying a proper treatment plan for patients suffering from these ulcerations.



Upon completion of the course, you will be able to: 

  •       Recognize ulcerative conditions of the oral cavity
  •       Explore the proper mechanisms for treating patients with ulcerative conditions
  •       Learn when to treat and when to refer patients with ulcerative conditions



'Must Know' Oral Mucosal Lesions for the General Dentist - White Lesions

Presented by Ngozi N. Nwizu, BDS, MMSc, PhD



This course discusses the range of white lesions that commonly present in general dental practice. It also includes a few not-so-common but important oral conditions dentists should be aware of. You will re-familiarize yourself on how to correctly identify between varying oral presentations of white/yellow-white patches encountered in clinical practice. You will also learn the appropriate steps to take in reaching a definitive diagnosis in each clinical scenario. 



Upon completion of the course, you will be able to: 


  • Identify and distinguish between common/important white and yellow/white oral lesions 



Principle of Intraoral Biopsy, Including the “Dos and Don'ts” of Paperwork

Presented by Kalu U. E. Ogbureke, BDS, DMSc, JD, MSc



During this section, Kalu U. E. Ogbureke, BDS, DMSc, JD, MSc will discuss biopsy specimens deemed “inadequate” for histopathologic diagnosis. Issues are commonly found in the size and nature of submitted materials as well as in Request Forms. Pathologists are responsible for assembling the history, radiographic, and clinical and histopathologic findings in order to determine a definitive diagnosis. When clinicians fail to provide requisite/critical information pertaining to a particular case, significant pieces of this puzzle may be missing. In consequence, the pathologist may be led down the wrong path, which ultimately may lead to erroneous diagnoses, an inconclusive diagnosis, or far-reaching clinical implications. This presentation will be a remind the dental professional involved in the biopsy of orofacial lesions, what the basic procedures are for obtaining optimal biopsy specimens and providing/completing pertinent information on the request form. We will sensitize clinicians to potential diagnostic pitfalls (some with legal ramifications) that may occur as a result of suboptimal biopsy request through clinical case demonstrations and mini workshops.



Upon completion of the course, you will be able to: 

  • Participate in a comprehensive refresher course on the basic procedures for obtaining optimal biopsy specimens
  • Understand the various issues related to improper tissue sampling and specimen collection then address how these may interfere with the histopathologic interpretation
  • Identify the appropriate biopsy sites, proper methods of specimen collection, preservation, and transport
  • Illustrate how to providing/complete pertinent information on a biopsy request form
  • Sensitize clinicians to potential diagnostic pitfalls (some with legal ramifications) that may occur as a result of suboptimal biopsy request. 




Potential Malignant Oral Lesions (PMOL)

Presented by Nadarajah Vigneswaran, BDS, DMD, DrMedDent



Potentially malignant oral lesions (PMOL)are a group of clinically suspicious conditions, of which a small percentage will undergo malignant transformation. Dysplasia is the most well-established marker to distinguish high-risk PPOELs from low-risk PPOELs, and taking a biopsy to establish dysplasia is the diagnostic gold standard. However, biopsies are limited by high morbidity, resource requirements, and the potential for under diagnosis. 



Upon completion of the course, you will be able to: 

  • Discuss the utility and limitations of current diagnostic adjuncts such as tissue autofluorescence imaging and oral brush biopsy 
  • Discuss the emerging technologies for assessment OPML at the point-of-care.



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As a courtesy, please register for all courses at least two weeks in advance. For your convenience however, you may register up to 72 hour prior to the day of the course with no additional charge.

Note: an additional non-refundable fee of $35 per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received 72 hours or less prior to the start of the course, including any walk-in registrations.

This course meets the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners CE Requirements as Live Interactive Webinars (you can ask and answer questions) are considered as in-classroom setting for CE hours.

Tuition | Course Fee

As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 this course will only be offered as a Live Interactive Webinar presentation.

$195 Live Webinar | Dentist or Allied Dental Personnel

$345 Dentist + 1* Allied Dental Personnel
$225 Allied Dental Personnel

*Information for allied dental personnel is required upon registration.
Unregistered allied dental personnel attended with dentist will be assessed the $225 course fee plus the $35 walk-in fee.

Course fee is due at time of registration.

We aim to accommodate walk-in registrations for all programs; although lecture room and hands-on training space is limited. Pre-registration is suggested to guarantee your space.

About Our Speakers


Ashley Clark, DDS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston. She earned a DDS from Indiana University and a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from The University of Florida. Dr. Clark was an oral pathologist and lab director at West Virginia University before joining UTHealth. While at WVU, she opened an inter-professional, free clinic for oral cancer screening, which let to her nomination for an Early Career Innovator Award. At UTHealth, she is course director for all undergraduate oral pathology classes, has served as the president for the Faculty Senate and has earned the 2019 John H. Freeman Award for Faculty Teaching as well as the Dean’s Excellence Award in the Scholarship of Teaching. Dr. Clark has published over 35 papers and abstracts, authored the oral pathology sections of both Dental Decks and Dental Hygiene Decks (2014 editions), and currently consults for a new national study guide designed for the integrated format of dental board examinations. She is also active in the faculty group practice, UT Dentists, and the biopsy service at UTHealth School of Dentistry.



Ngozi N. Nwizu, BDS, MMSc, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Nwizu earned a dental degree from the University of Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria, and a Master of Medical Science degree in oral pathology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. She also completed her residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology, earned a specialty certification, and a doctorate degree in pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y.

Dr. Nwizu teaches pathobiology, oral diseases, and oral mucosal diseases at the School of Dentistry, where she also provides oral pathology consults. Dr. Nwizu is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a fellow of both the American Academy of Oral Medicine and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 




Kalu U. E. Ogbureke, BDS, DMSc, JD, MSc, is a tenured professor of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Department and is the chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Ogbureke holds several visiting professorships at institutions in the U.S. and abroad. His clinical practice is in the specialty of diagnostic oral and maxillofacial histopathology, head and neck pathology, and clinical oral medicine. He has received several awards including the inaugural Neal W. Chilton Fellowship in Clinical Research by the American Association for Dental Research and the Emerging Scientist Award from Augusta University Research Institute. He has also authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed scientific articles in high-impact journals and is the editor and co-author of the book “Oral Cancer.”



Nadarajah Vigneswaran, BDS, DMD, DrMedDent, is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston and is a clinical professor at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and his DMD from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry at Birmingham, Alabama. He obtained his DrMedDent degree in Immunopathology from the University of Erlangen. He completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Vigneswaran is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Additionally, Dr. Vigneswaran provides clinical oral and maxillofacial pathology consultation services for adults, adolescents and children through UT Dentists. He directs the UTHealth Houston Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Biopsy Service and is actively involved in both clinical and laboratory-based research related to oral cancer and its precursors. He has contributed more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications in high-impact journals and four chapters in medical text books. He has been invited to present at national and international research conferences and received over $6.2 million in grant funding from federal (NIH), state (CPRIT) and local (UTHealth CTSA Consortium) levels as a principal and co-investigator.


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Credit Hours

730 Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Lecture: Hours - 8




Time and Location


Online Log In:
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Live Webinar Presentation:

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Virtual CDE | Live Interactive Webinar

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