ACDE Webinar Series


 A 'St. Louis-Style' Oral Pathology Safari


Friday, April 28, 2023

11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET


A joint live webinar series

Course Details


Guided by Dr. Vargo, participants will journey through the 'St. Louis' oral pathology landscape to encounter several exotic oral pathologies. Participants will experience how these cases were diagnosed and managed.



At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:


  1. Discuss several rare oral pathologies ranging from oral mucosal diseases to dental abnormalities.
  2. Discuss differences between lichen planus and lichenoid mucositis.
  3. Discuss the importance of considering alternative diagnoses when first-line therapy is ineffective.
  4. Discuss nonsurgical approaches to diagnosis and management.


Audience: All dental professionals


 Richard J. Vargo, DMD, MBA, DABOMP, FAAOM is an assistant professor and the director of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at A.T. Still University – Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) and at the St. Louis Dental Center in St. Louis, MO. For his clinical and didactic teaching at ATSU-MOSDOH, he has received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the class of 2020, the Outstanding Teaching Award from the class of 2022, and the Outstanding Specialty Care Unit Director Award from the class of 2022. Dr. Vargo is an oral pathologist with the SSM Health SLUCare Physician Group, where he has a clinical practice in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and a surgical oral pathology practice in the Department of Pathology; an adjunct assistant professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine; and on the expert panel of the Missouri Telehealth Network’s Oral Health ECHO.


Dr. Vargo received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, graduating early in 2010. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2015, where he received numerous awards and honors, including the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence. Subsequently, he completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and earned diplomate status with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in 2018. He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Vargo completed his MBA with a Healthcare Administration Specialization at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business in 2022.


Dr. Vargo’s research interests include oral ulcers, dental abnormalities, oral manifestations of HIV and syphilis, and oral effects of cannabis use. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. He also serves as a peer reviewer for several national and international journals.


In his spare time, he enjoys running, riding his exercise bike, eating baked goods, reviewing restaurants, posting educational oral pathology cases on his Instagram, and cheering on the Virginia Cavaliers, Pitt Panthers, and St. Louis Cardinals.


Conflict of Interest: In accordance with ADA CERP Standard V, everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. This information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

About this Series

Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE)


The ACDE, of which the University of Louisville School of Dentistry's Office of Continuing Education (ULSD CE) is a member, brings together individuals who represent university-based continuing dental education programs associated with accredited dental schools in Canada and the United States.


The ACDE and 35 of its member schools are jointly providing this series of live webinars featuring university-based key opinion leaders.


Each lecture will be presented by a different member school's faculty member. By registering through this page, ULSD CE will provide your verification of attendance document. Similar to our other CE offerings, we will maintain a record of your attendance in our database, which you may always access through your personal ULSD CE account.


CE staff of participating schools declare that neither they nor any member of their family have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program, nor do they have a financial interest in any commercial product(s) or service(s) the speaker will discuss in the presentation, within the last 12 months that are relevant to this educational activity.


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Registration open through 4/28/2023 10:30 AM ET

Continuing Education

Lecture: CEU(s) - 2

Education Method: Online, Live Interactive Presentation

Course Tuition

Webinar Fee: $69.00


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Please note there are no discounts for the ACDE webinar series.



Cancellation Policy:
We reserve the right to cancel, modify course date, revise course content, and revise program faculty and activities. Registered participants will be notified if a course is revised or cancelled, as warranted. In the event a course is cancelled, tuition will be refunded.

All registrations are subject to the ULSD Cancellation Policy. This is a 'non-limited' attendance course.

ULSD must receive your written request for cancellation not later than two-weeks prior to course start date to process a refund. A 30% processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Course Registrants who are a 'NO-SHOW' forfeit course tuition.


Live Interactive Webinar: Zoom


Technical assistance: Please be in touch with the ULSD CE office at 502-852-5077 or



This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the schools listed here.

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.


The University of Louisville School of Dentistry designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.