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Oral Pathology

Oral and maxillofacial pathology is a recognized specialty of dentistry and pathology which deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research; diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations; and management of patients. 

The practice of pathology is essential to patient care. The oral pathologist provides services including, but not limited to, the examination of patient-related oral and maxillofacial hard and soft tissue specimens, clinical interpretation and consultation, scientific investigation, and education to be effective in prevention, recognition, diagnosis, management, and prognosis of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.


Oral Pathology Laboratory

Oral Pathology LabThe laboratory is the center of service to the dentist and their patients. The surgical pathology report provided by the oral pathologist is often the critical element for proper diagnosis, and therefore, appropriate treatment. 

In almost all cases, the pathologist is able to determine a definitive diagnosis, or histopathologic diagnosis, as a sound basis for patient care. The School maintains a laboratory that meets the standards for ongoing CLIA certification by the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services and is inspected biannually by the Ohio Department of Health for compliance.

Dr. Stanley Hirsch

Dr. Stanley A. Hirsch, Chair

Dr. Stanley Hirsch is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral Pathology, Director of the Case Western Dental Clinic Laboratory, and member of the medical staff of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the Loius Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Hirsch is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, a fellow in the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and maintains an independent oral pathology practice at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, UHDA Dermatopathogy Laboratory. He has more than 38 years of practice, teaching, and research experience. His special research interests are related to biomarkers in premalignant and malignant oral disease, in collaboration with the Department of Biological Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine.