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Oral Diagnostic Sciences

Primary Mission

The primary mission of the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences is to teach, conduct research and related scholarship, and provide service in the differential diagnosis of orofacial diseases and disorders. Inherent in this mission is the teaching and application of the principles, scientific bases and techniques that underlie the diagnostic disciplines and the advancement of knowledge in these areas. 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. Although priority will be given to didactic, laboratory, seminar and clinical teaching to predoctoral dental students, particularly in required courses, the department maintains a strong commitment to graduate education, research mentoring, and the creation of new knowledge and insights through scientific research and related scholarship.

Teaching 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, and Oral Medicine.  In the graduate and post-graduate areas ODS has two ADA accredited post-graduate programs (Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the General Practice Residency), a TMD and Orofacial Pain Program, the Master of Science Program in Biomaterials, and participants strongly in the school-wide Master of Science program in the Oral Sciences. 

A Brief History

The Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences 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).  The founding chair was Norman Mohl, who insisted rightly that to avoid factions the new department would have no conjunctions in the name.

Since its founding, retirements have been celebrated [1] , deaths have been mourned [2] , and bright, energetic, new faculty have been recruited and hired [3].

The dozen or more changes in faculty have made us accustomed to change. We are also accustomed to competence, experience, and high quality.  The Department includes among its current and past members three of the seven SUNY Distinguished Professors [4], one of the two UB Distinguished Professors [5], four of the five SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Dental Medicine [6], seven former deans and department chairs [7], and eleven current or past winners of NSF or NIH grants [8].

[1]   Alan Drinnan, Stuart Fischman, Elliot Gale, Joseph Gong, Michael Meenaghan, William Miller, Norman Mohl, Mirdza Neiders, Ahmed Uthman, and Larry Wolfgang.
[2]   Alan Drinnan, Elliot Gale, Joseph Gong, Michael Meenaghan, and Ahmed Uthman.
[3]   Pat Anders, Heidi Crow, Yoly Gonzalez, Richard Ohrbach, Lida Radfar, Lynn Solomon, Jose Luis Tapia, and Mine Tezal.
[4]  Alan Drinnan, Norman Mohl, and Mirdza Neiders.
[5]  Robert Baier.
[6]   Alfredo Aguirre, William Miller, Joseph Natiella, and Mirdza Neiders.
[7]   Richard Buchanan, Alan Drinnan, Louis Goldberg, Michael Meenaghan, Norman Mohl, Joseph Natiella, and Ahmed Uthman.
[8]  Robert Baier, Elliot Gale, Louis Goldberg, Yoly Gonzalez, Scott McCall, Anne Meyer, Normal Mohl, Micheal Meenaghan, Joseph Natiella, Richard Ohrbach, and Mine Tezal.