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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 full 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 and the AEGD program) and local practicing dentists and physicians.

Our vision is to become a world-class center for oral medicine education and research and the diagnosis and non-surgical management of disorders occurring in the oral and maxillofacial complex. 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, interprofesional education outcomes, and markers for response to treatment of mucosal disorders. I appreciate your interest in our Department and invite you to explore the additional pages that contain relevant information about who we are.

Frontiers in Oral Medicine 2014

Frontiers in Oral Medicine LogoDr. Pinto, Chair of the Department, is the Scientific Session Committee Chair of the 2014 Frontiers in Oral Medicine meeting to occur in Orlando, Florida from April 9 to 12. This is the largest meeting in the field of oral medicine ever held, and will include more than 500 participants from all over the world. Plenary sessions will discuss cutting edge research and clinical practice in oral medicine and the program will be supplemented by innovative CPC and table clinic sessions. Dr. Pinto will also serve as speaker and moderator of several sessions throughout the event.

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Drs. Jhamb and Fitzpatrick Key Presenters at AAOMP Meeting

AAOMP LogoDr. Tania Jhamb, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and Dr. Sarah Fitzpatrick, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, will play significant roles at the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology annual meeting from April 25 to 30 in St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Jhamb was selected to discuss one of a handful of cases in the Clinical Pathology Conference section, and Dr. Fitzpatrick will participate in a CE program discussing challenging surgical pathology cases.

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Collaborative Home for Oral Health, Medical Review, and Health Promotion (CHOMP) Project Receives Media Attention

Dr. Iannadrea on Fox 8The CHOMP project, headed by Carol Savrin (Nursing), Kristin Victoroff and Jean Iannadrea (Dental Medicine), and several faculty members from both schools, has been the recipient of local media interest. This innovative program places students from nursing and dental medicine in a combined learning environment that fosters mutual learning. CHOMP is supported by a $750,000 Health Resources and Service Administration grant to the nursing school. Launched last February, student dentist-nurse teams have been working together in the admitting and pediatric dental clinics two days a week. Patients receive oral exams and health screenings for cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, red and white blood cell counts, and, if desired, HIV. Nurse practitioner students may treat and prescribe medications for patients with issues as flu, strep throat and other non-chronic illnesses, and administer immunizations for flu, tetanus and pneumonia. Patients who need follow-up medical care are referred to local health providers.

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New Chair Researches Difficult-to-Diagnose Syndrome

Dr. PintoOral pain that feels like a scalded mouth and can last for months has baffled dental researchers since the 1970s, when burning oral sensations were linked to mucosal, periodontal and restorative disorders, and mental or emotional causes. It’s called burning mouth syndrome (BMS), and it’s gaining the attention of such dental researchers as oral pain expert Andres Pinto, chair of the Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Services. What’s frustrates patients and doctors alike, said Pinto, is that the mouth and gums appear normal, so diagnosis is difficult. Although the exact cause of BMS is unknown, the suspected origin is deterioration of the nerves beneath the oral lining. The deterioration isn’t visible, which explains why the mouth appears normal when examined and can delay diagnosis. Patients can receive relief with special mouthwashes, analgesics and other topical and systemic treatments. Pinto’s research has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and he has participated in pain research and education initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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Andres Pinto, PhD 

Dr. Andres Pinto, DMD, MPH, FDSRCSEd, Chair

Dr. Pinto is Chairman and Associate Professor of Oral Medicine in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. He is also an attending physician in the Department of Surgery, Divisions of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pediatric Dentistry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. He received his DMD, MPH, certificate in Clinical Research, and certificate in Oral Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine. Dr. Pinto is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and holds an FDS from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). His clinical interests are the management of oral mucosal disease, oral oncology, orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, and pediatric oral medicine. He has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HRSA, and is a co-investigator in several NIH and industry funded trials.