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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 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.

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, 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 Achieves Diplomate Status from European Association of Oral Medicine (EAOM)

Dr. Andres Pinto

During the Association meeting in Antalya, Turkey, in September, the EAOM granted Diplomate status to Dr. Andres Pinto, Chair of the Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (OMMDS) Department. The EAOM represents the largest Oral Medicine professional group in the world. Founded in 1998, it groups members from more than 30 countries and actively engages in promoting the practice and science of Oral Medicine. Learn more about the society at

Welcome New Fellows!

Dr. RafiqOur department welcomes Drs. Turki Alnakhli and Sahar Rafiq, who joined the Oral Medicine Fellowship program in July. Dr. Rafiq completed her Bachelor's in Dental Surgery from de'Montmorency College of Dentistry in Pakistan in 2008. Later, she completed a one-year General Practice Residency from 2008-2009. She also enrolled in a fellowship in Operative Dentistry from 2010-2012 in Pakistan. She is hard-working, dedicated, and wants to work for the community. In the future, her goal is to pursue a career as a general dentist. In her free time, Sahar enjoys spending time with her family. Dr. Alnakhli earned his dental degree from College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and worked as an oral surgery resident at the Military Hospital in Riyadh, KSA. His other major educational qualifications include a certificate of advanced training from the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia in oral medicine. His special research interests are related to facial pain and TMJ disorders.

Department to Host 2015 ESTOP Meeting

The 2015 meeting for the Eastern Society of Teachers of Oral Pathology (ESTOP) will be hosted by Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. ESTOP is a society composed of US oral pathologists practicing east of the Mississippi River. The society held its first meeting in 1970. It invites notable speakers in the field of pathology and provides an opportunity for members to exchange teaching cases. It is also open to nonmembers who are interested in oral pathology. The 2015 ESTOP meeting will be held in September 2015.

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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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.