Oral Diagnostic Sciences

"Students looking at x-rays".

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's 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

Elaine Davis, PhD

Director of Faculty Affairs; Professor

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3726

Email: eldavis@buffalo.edu

Alfonse Gambacorta

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Admissions

Phone: (716) 829-2051

Email: ajg1@buffalo.edu

Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker

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

Phone: (716) 829-3551

Email: ymg@buffalo.edu

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Amrit Mir


Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: amritmir@buffalo.edu

Part-Time Faculty

355 Squire Hall, (716) 829-2241


355 Squire Hall, (716) 829-2241

Peter Elkin

SUNY Distinguished Professor

Phone: (716) 816-7292

Email: elkinp@buffalo.edu

Adrianna Roser

Research Assistant

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences

355 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: anroser@buffalo.edu


355 Squire Hall, (716) 829-2241


Stuart Fischman

Professor Emeritus


Louis Goldberg

Professor Emeritus


Joseph Natiella

Professor Emeritus


Lawrence Wolfgang

Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus


355 Squire Hall


Alan Aguirre

Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: aaguirre@buffalo.edu


Sharlynn Daun-Barnett

CARES Program Coordinator

345 Squire Hall

Phone: 716-829-3524

Email: sd62@buffalo.edu


Pamela Fuhrman

Dental Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: pamelafu@buffalo.edu


Leslie Gaines

Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2164

Email: lggaines@buffalo.edu


Virginia Gebauer

Administrative Assistant 1

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: vgebauer@buffalo.edu


Nicole Kruse

Senior Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2241

Email: nmkruse@buffalo.edu


Theresa Kruse

Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-3720

Email: tkruse@buffalo.edu


Kimberly McCluskey

Licensed Radiologic Technologist

Phone: (716) 829-3930

Email: kbm2@buffalo.edu


Nancy Merkle

Dental Assistant

Phone: (716) 829-2164

Email: nbmerkle@buffalo.edu


Kimberly Trunzo

Licensed Radiologic Technologist

Phone: (716) 829-3930

Email: krsmith8@buffalo.edu