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Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (OMMDS)

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.


Student Presents at AAOMR Meeting

Stephanie Weng

Stephanie Weng, a third year dental student, presented a poster titled “Detection of Monckeberg Medial Arteriosclerosis on Conventional Dental Imaging” at the 67th annual meeting of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR), held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The poster presentation is about the unique presentation of calcification (Monckeberg Medial Calcification) in the facial vasculature. This type of calcification is noted in diabetic patients and chronic kidney failure patients. To date, few studies have reported on this type of calcification in the head and neck region. As dentists, we should recognize these abnormalities and appropriately refer them to physicians.

Stephanie said after her presentation that she “would like to thank Dr. Syed for this amazing opportunity. This is my first time presenting a poster and the experience at the AAOMR annual session was very rewarding. The lectures offered at the conference really opened up your eyes to different fields of dentistry, exchanging ideas, and establishing guidelines among different specialties; things that you wouldn’t be learning in dental school. Many innovative ideas and revolutionary findings were also presented during poster sessions. This is a unique experience that I would highly recommend dental students to participate in when opportunities come around."


Student Wins Prestigious ODA Award

Funmi Abosede

Funmi Abosede, a predoctoral dental student in the class of 2017, won an award in the predoctoral category of the ODA awards, held at the 150th annual conference in Columbus, OH. The project highlights the importance of the usage of innovative technology to enhance understanding of impacted teeth and their important relationship with the inferior alveolar canal. The project is based on the Aurasma app that helps to enhance to education for both students and patients alike.

Funmi was so delighted after getting an award, saying, "I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the table clinic at the ODA. This was my first research poster presentation and it was an exciting experience to present along with my peers from other disciplines."

This project was mentored by Dr. Ali Syed, assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. This is the second consecutive year that the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences presented a poster and won an award.

Research Update from SOURCE

Mrija Rowane‌Marija Rowane, a pre-health student researcher from the Department of Biology, presented 'Florid osseous dysplasia: a pictorial review' and 'Oro-antral communication incidence in oral & maxillofacial imaging: a cone-beam computed tomography study' at the summer 2016 Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) Intersections Undergraduate Poster Session on Thursday, August 4th. Marija researched under the mentorship of Ali Z. Syed, BDS, MHA, MS in oral maxillofacial radiology.

Students Present at AAOMR

Students Raquel Rios and Laurel CookRaquel Rios and Laurel Cook, third year dental students, made poster presentations at the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR)'s 66th annual meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the end of September. The poster presentations were titled, “A Review of Unusually Large Mastoid Foramen as Noted on CBCT” and, “Thyroid Papillary Microcarcinoma: An Incidental Finding in a Patient with Coronoid Hyperplasia”.

Raquel and Laurel said that it was an honor to attend the AAOMR conference this year. It was their first time presenting their scholarly work at a national conference and they learned so much throughout the process. They also learned a lot about Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology--a specialty within dentistry that is relatively new, but growing rapidly. As dental students, they often focus on treatment and procedures, but this experience provided an important reminder that diagnosis of disease is the cornerstone of dentistry and fortunately, there is a wealth of resources available to us to provide optimal diagnostic services.

Dr. Ali Z. Syed, Assistant Professor and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, has mentored these projects. In addition to mentoring, he presented several posters and also made an oral presentation titled, “Instruction Methods and Technology in Radiology Teaching & Engaging the Millennial Classroom” at the annual meeting. Dr. Syed said he is delighted to see students presenting their scholarly work at national conferences.

DMD Student Cleo Sin Wins ODA Award

Cleo Sin‌Second year dental student Cleo Sin presented her summer research project at the recently concluded Ohio Dental Association (ODA) meeting in Columbus. The summer research project was funded by the Interprofessional Scholars Collaboration in Teaching and Learning (iSCTL) grant. This funding provided a platform for collaborative scholarly work between faculty and students with different backgrounds (medical, dental, and nursing). Ms. Sin's project, “Web Based Interactive Radiographic Anatomy”, won the Best Show award among several presentations.

“I had not presented research at a conference before, so aside from being new to the environment, it was exciting and more fun than expected; though I was standing for a couple of hours talking about the same topic, it did not feel monotonous and time went by really fast. Every conversation after the presentation was different and it was enjoyable,” said Ms. Sin.

Her mentor on the project was Dr. Ali Z. Syed, Assistant Professor and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences.

Andres Pinto, PhD 

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

Dr. Pinto is Chairman and 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 Cleveland 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.