Oral Diagnostic Sciences

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The mission of the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences is to teach, conduct research, and provide service in the differential diagnosis and treatment of orofacial diseases and disorders.

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About Our Mission

Inherent in our mission is the teaching and application of the principles, scientific bases and techniques that underlie the diagnostic disciplines and the advancement of knowledge in the areas of orofacial diseases and disorders. This implies that emphasis will be given to the use and integration of those biological, behavioral and clinical sciences that are relevant to the differential diagnosis of pathological conditions in the orofacial region — and to the utilization of critical thinking skills in that process.

Comprehensive Educational Programs

We offer both predoctoral and graduate / postgraduate educational opportunities.

Predoctoral Programs

The teaching of The Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences in the predoctoral dental school curriculum encompasses the fields of:

  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology
  • TMD and orofacial pain
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology
  • Oral medicine

Graduate and Postgraduate Programs

Our department offers:

In addition, the Department has a strong teaching and research mentoring presence in the University’s Master of Science program in Oral Sciences.

A History of Achievement

Among our current and past members, the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences includes:

  • SUNY Distinguished Professors
  • UB Distinguished Professors
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Dental Medicine
  • Former deans
  • Winners of NSF or NIH grants

Our department was formed in 1994 by merging two full departments (Oral Medicine and Stomatology & Interdisciplinary Sciences) and some faculty from three other departments (Behavioral Sciences, Oral Biology, and Dental Materials).  

Our Faculty and Staff

Full-Time Faculty

355 Squire Hall

Alfredo Aguirre

Professor, Program Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Phone: (716) 829-3553

Email: aguirr@buffalo.edu

Patrick Anders

Clinical Professor, Director, Oral Medicine

Phone: (716) 829-3557

Email: planders@buffalo.edu

Maureen Donley

Clinical Associate Professor, Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Clinic

Phone: (716) 829-3558

Email: mpdonley@buffalo.edu

Alfonse Gambacorta

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Admissions

Phone: (716) 829-2051

Email: ajg1@buffalo.edu

Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker

Interim Department Chair & Associate Professor, Program Director, TMD & Orofacial Pain

Phone: (716) 829-3551

Email: ymg@buffalo.edu

Anne Meyer

Research Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Research, Office of the Dean

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6244

Email: aemeyer@buffalo.edu

Part-Time Faculty

355 Squire Hall, (716) 829-2241

Volunteer

355 Squire Hall, (716) 829-2241

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Michael Hess

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Laura Iwasaki

Research Professor

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Michael Licata

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Sunita Manuballa

Director, RPCCC/GPR

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Jeffrey Nickel

Research Professor

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Linda Paine Hughes

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Nicolas Saikali

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Mukund Seshadri

Research Assistant Professor

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Sonia Sharma

Research Assistant Professor

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Lakshmanan Suresh

Clinical Professor

Emeritus

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Stuart Fischman

Professor Emeritus

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Louis Goldberg

Professor Emeritus

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Michael Hatton

Professor Emeritus

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Joseph Natiella

Professor Emeritus

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Lawrence Wolfgang

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus

Staff

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Alan Aguirre

Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: aaguirre@buffalo.edu

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Pamela Fuhrman

Dental Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: pamelafu@buffalo.edu

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Leslie Gaines

Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2164

Email: lggaines@buffalo.edu

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Virginia Gebauer

Administrative Assistant 1

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: vgebauer@buffalo.edu

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Nicole Kruse

Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: nmkruse@buffalo.edu

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Theresa Kruse

Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-3720

Email: tkruse@buffalo.edu

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Kimberly McCluskey

Senior Radiologic Technologist

Phone: (716) 829-3930

Email: kbm2@bufalo.edu

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Nancy Merkle

Dental Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2164

Email: nbmerkle@buffalo.edu

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Kimberly Trunzo

Radiologic Technologist

Phone: (716) 829-3930

Email: krsmith8@buffalo.edu