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.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.

ODA Winning Streak Continues

Caitlin Wright, DMD Class of 2019

Caitlin Wright, a senior dental student, was selected for the pre-doctoral award in the dental student research awards category at the 2018 annual Ohio Dental Association (ODA) meeting in Columbus. The award carries a monetary value of $250 and a certificate. The meeting is an excellent opportunity to showcase research work led by pre-doctoral dental student, residents, fellows and dental auxiliaries. Wright's project was titled “Radiographic features of Downs Syndrome: A Case Series” and discussed in depth various common radiographic features noted in Down’s syndrome.

“Presenting my poster at the 2018 ODA Annual Session was a wonderful experience! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting colleagues and speaking with them about my research. It was an honor to present the work I’ve completed with my mentor, Dr. Syed, and to have his support at the event,” said Wright.

This is the fourth year in a row the students mentored under Dr. Syed won the awards at the ODA annual meeting.

OMMDS Faculty Members Featured at Ohio Dental Association Annual Session

Dr. Ivan Stojanov
Dr. Ali Zakir Syed

Two OMMDS faculty members will be featured at the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Annual Session's EDTalks! Faculty Luncheon event on Friday, September 14th, 2018. Dr. Ivan Stojanov will discuss the diagnosis and management of leukoplakia and Dr. Ali Syed will focus on technological advancements in imaging, including the use of augmented reality to aid in diagnosis. Download the flyer here.

OMMDS Faculty Member Dr. Chmieliauskaite Achieves Board Certification

Dr. Milda Chmieliauskaite

Dr. Milda Chmieliauskaite, Assistant Professor, achieved Board Certification in the specialty of Oral Medicine in April 2018. She successfully challenged the Board at the American Academy of Oral Medicine annual meeting in San Antonio. The American Board of Oral Medicine is a member of the American Board of Dental Specialties (ABDS), and is the only certifying entity for Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine in the United States. All full-time clinical faculty in the department are now Board-certified in at least one specialty.

For additional information, visit https://www.abomed.org/ or http://dentalspecialties.org/member-boards/

Student Research Work Presents at Michigan Dental Association

DMD Student Monica Torres

Third year DMD student Monica Torres presented her research at the Michigan Dental Association’s Annual Session in Lansing, Michigan on April 27, 2018. Ms. Torres presented a poster on her project titled “Radiographic Diagnosis of Osteoma Cutis of the face: Case Series” that was guided under the mentorship of OMMDS faculty member Dr. Ali Syed. “Being able to recognize this condition in a patient of mine while working on this research project was an illuminating moment for me,” said Torres. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to be here and share that experience.” Furthermore, Ms. Torres said working with Dr. Syed is a great privilege and honor; they continue to work together on other projects.