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.

New Department Chair Orientation

New Chair Orientation Event

On Aug. 23, OMMDS Department Chair Andres Pinto was invited to participate in the New Department Chair Orientation welcoming them to the university. Organized by the Provost’s office, the event held a Chair's Panel Discussion, on which Pinto sat, to discuss "Things I Would Have Liked to Know When I Started as Department Chair".

ADEA Emerging Leadership Program

Ali Syed

Assistant Professor Ali Syed recently attended the Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) from July 20-23, 2022, hosted by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Washington, D.C.
The program is designed for early and mid-level faculty aspiring to be academic dentistry leaders. This three-day intensive program provides the guidance, insight and skills needed to be academic leaders. Moreover, ADEA provides a platform and avenue to interact with senior leaders. 
In addition, this ELP provides professional networking and mentoring across the country from various dental schools. "I am honored to be part of the 2022 cohort and represented Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine," said Dr. Syed. "Faculty who want to grow as leaders in academic dentistry should consider the ADEA ELP program because it is highly structured, interactive and geared to a highly engaged learning environment."

Dr. Ali Syed invited to ADA Give Veterans A Smile (GVAS) Summit

Dr. Ali Syed

Assistant Professor Ali Syed was recently invited to the American Dental Association's Give Veterans A Smile Summit on May 5 and 6. GVAS is a new initiative by the ADA to support the oral health of veterans. As Dr. Syed has championed the dental school's veteran-outreach efforts, his perspective at the summit was very welcomed. 

Ali Syed Invited To Speak at Prestigious Lecture Event

Ali Sayed

Ali Syed, OMMD faculty member was invited to present his lecture, "A Spatial Based Approach: Practical Tips in Diagnosing H&N Lesions" at the Prestigious Chalmers J Lyons Academy- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Conference on March 2, 2022 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Pinto Speaking at High Level Authorities Forum

Andres Pinto

Dr. Andres Pinto, chair and professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, will be speaking on Feb. 16 2022 at the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) High Level Authorities Forum. The OAS strives to facilitate and promote the integral and sustainable development of interoperable, innovative, and reliable telecommunications/ICTs in the Americas, under the principles of universality, equity, and affordability.

Dr. Pinto Invited to Speak on Sjogren's Foundation Panel

Andres Pinto Headshot

Dr. Andres Pinto, chair and professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, was honored as the sole US dentist invited to speak at the first annual State of Sjögren's event on Jan. 28, 2022. The Sjögren's Foundation works on behalf of all Sjögren’s patients and is dedicated to conquering the complexities of this life-altering and debilitating disease.