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. Andres Pinto Completes Board Certification in Orofacial Pain

Andres Pinto headshot

Dr. Andres Pinto, professor and chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and assistant dean of Graduate Studies, successfully completed board certification in orofacial pain by the American Board of Orofacial Pain in November 2020. 

With this achievement, Dr. Pinto is certified in two specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. He is also the only dentist in Ohio with training and board certification in orofacial pain and oral medicine. 

Dr. Mendes Participates in International Initiatives on Education in Oral Oncology

Dr. Rui Amaral Mendes

Dr. Rui Mendes, adjunct professor for Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, has been invited to participate in several international initiatives spotlighting education in oral oncology. The virtual conferences include the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran Virtual Winter School event on Feb. 13-17, the Sixth Annual Conference of the Saudi Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 24-25, and the Global Healthcare Research Conference in Bengaluru, India on March 22-24.

These opportunities showcase the department's commitment to international collaboration and engagement, supporting the overall global relations efforts of the School of Dental Medicine. 

Interprofessional Education and Care

Headshots of Dr. Pinto and Dr. Stojanov

Dr. Andres Pinto, chair, professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and assistant dean of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Ivan J. Stojanov, assistant professor, co-authored the editorial piece "Oral and Maxillofacial Disease: A Model for Interprofessional Education and Care" with medical professionals from Cleveland Clinic. 

The article, featured in the November 2020 issue of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology Journal, highlights the importance of oral and maxillofacial disease in the education of all health care providers and clinical service to patients.


Dr. Syed Nominated to Interdisciplinary Committee

Dr. Ali Zakir Syed

Dr. Ali Syed, BDS, MHA, MS, assistant professor and director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Clinic, was nominated to the interdisciplinary Ohio Department of Health Radiation Advisory Council's Radiation-Generating Equipment Committee effective immediately.

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.

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.