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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 Receives National Dental Association Foundation Award

Dr. Andres PintoDr. Andres Pinto has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF) and Colgate-Palmolive Co. Award for Outstanding Minority Faculty in the category of research. The NDAF, in collaboration with the National Dental Association (NDA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) have awarded these annual honors for the past 18 years. They recognize excellence in the categories of teaching, research, and service within dental education. The award was presented to Dr. Pinto at the National Dental Association’s 102th Annual Convention in Chicago in July. Dr. Pinto has been a tenured faculty member at CWRU since 2013 and led the creation of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. He is an active member of the staff of CWRU and University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Dr. Ali Syed Earns Diplomate Status from American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR)

Dr. Ali SyedDr. Syed, an assistant professor in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, recently achieved Diplomate status from American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR). The title Diplomate is the academic hallmark of professionalism and commitment to the highest standards of patient care in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Dr. Syed will be officially recognized as a Diplomate during the American Academy of Oral Radiology’s annual meeting to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana in September of 2015. The ABOMR is the only certifying board for the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and is one of the nine specialty boards recognized by the American Dental Association. To learn more please visit:

‌‌‌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

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.

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.