Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (OMMDS)

Welcome to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. We are a comprehensive unit encompassing all diagnostic disciplines of Dental Medicine. Our faculty direct several courses in our undergraduate and graduate curriculum that highlight the importance of a strong foundational knowledge of basic sciences to the practice of Dental Medicine. Our full-time members are board certified in their respective disciplines and offer comprehensive exposure to our students to routine patient screening and evaluation as well as diagnostic work-up of challenging cases. Our clinical services cover the School of Dental Medicine, the University Hospitals system (in collaboration with the Departments of Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, and the AEGD program) and local practicing dentists and physicians.

Mission: To provide education for the competent management of disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region to dental students and graduate dental practitioners. We also provide excellent interdisciplinary care to patients in search of relief of head and neck pain, oral mucosal complications, osseous disease, sleep breathing disorders, salivary complications, and effects of cancer treatment.

Vision: We will be a world-class center in oral and maxillofacial medicine, radiology, and pathology.  We will accomplish this through innovative education, research, and patient-centered care.

Interprofessional education and practice lie in the core of this mission, and we actively participate in several joint projects with the Schools of Nursing and Medicine. Our research involves orofacial pain, oral premalignant disorders, pediatric oral medicine, and interprofesional education outcomes. I appreciate your interest in our department and invite you to explore the additional pages that contain relevant information about who we are.

Dr. Syed Nominated to Coronavirus Technology & Pedagogy Faculty Leaders Team

Dr. Ali Zakir Syed

Assistant Professor Ali Syed, BDS, MHA, MS, was nominated to the Coronavirus Technology and Pedagogy Faculty Leaders Team (CTPFL), which carries a stipend of $5000 sponsored and administered by the Provost's Office. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the traditional teaching environment and faculty must quickly adapt, so the office of the Provost charged a group of faculty to develop strategies for online teaching, nominated by their respective deans.

The helpful resource page the team created is designed to help faculty navigate the nuance associated with the online teaching environment, such as blended learning and fully online learning. Dr. Syed spent extensive time researching and helping his team members, and his contributions, along with the other faculty, will have an intangible impact on the online learning this fall semester.

After nomination, Dr. Syed said, “Serving and helping people in general has always been an important part and parcel of me. It is a great honor to serve in this capacity and help the faculty at large who are adapting to constantly changing conditions because of COVID-19”. He would like to thank Dean Chance for providing this excellent opportunity.


Dr. Syed Appointed to Editorial Board

Dr. Ali Zakir Syed

Dr. Ali Syed, assistant professor and director of the oral and maxillofacial radiology clinic, was invited to be a member of the editorial board for an esteemed journal--“Imaging Sciences in Dentistry”--effective January 1, 2020. Being on the editorial board is an honor and the position is valued as a “gate keeper” of future knowledge in the profession. This honor was conferred in recognition of his extensive past contributions to the journal.


Dr. Syed Presents to the AEGD Program at Fort Benning, GA

Dr. Syed Invited to Present at US Army Base

Dr. Ali Syed, BDS, MHA, MS, assistant professor and director of admitting clinic and radiology clinic, was invited to present at the US Army base in Fort Benning, GA. This is Dr. Syed’s first invitation from the US Army and resulted in new collaborations with the organization. Dr. Syed made a two-day presentation to the AEGD residents, faculty and staff and his topics included “Changing Landscapes: Diagnostic Radiology in Dentistry”, “Hands-on Experience Using Invivo Software”, and "Interpretation of CBCT Scans". In recognition of Dr. Syed's presentation, the Commander in Chief COL Dr. Grant Perrine Honored him with a “Commander’s Coin” -- a way for senior leadership to show their appreciation for a phenomenal job on the spot. More than a thank you or a pat on the back, it is something tangible by which to remember the moment.


New Appointments for Dr. Stojanov

Dr. Ivan Stojanov

Dr. Ivan Stojanov, Assistant Professor of Oral Pathology in the department, was invited to be part of the editorial board of Head and Neck Pathology, one of the most important journal publications in the field. In addition, he has also been invited as Visiting Professor at the Cleveland Clinic, department of Pathology, this academic year. This honor is bestowed in recognition of his contribution to resident and fellow education.


Dr.Pinto Appointed to the Commission on Dental Accreditation Review Committee

Dr. Andres Pinto

Dr. Pinto was selected to join CODA’s postdoctoral program Review Committee. Already a CODA site visitor for Oral Medicine training programs, he will participate in the evaluation and formulation of policy and accreditation standards evaluating the quality and delivery of dental education in these settings. He will attend training sessions in Chicago in December.

View the announcement here.