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Oral Medicine: The Unstoppable Dedication to the Mission

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About the Speakers

Tarik Alkasab, MD, PhD

Dr. Tarik Alkasab works as a board-certified diagnostic radiologist in the Division of Emergency Imaging in the Department of Radiology of the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also serves as Service Chief for Informatics/IT and Operations. He is Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He is also chair of the Assisted Reporting committee of the Informatics Commission at the American College of Radiology as well as Senior Scientist for Framework at the American College of Radiology’s Data Sciences Institute. His research focuses on applying information systems to improve workflow and quality in medical imaging. Dr. Alkasab completed his residency as well as fellowships in Imaging Informatics and Abdominal Imaging and Intervention at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his MD and PhD in Neuroscience from Tufts University School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Consultant: Radiology Consulting Group

Medical Advisory Boards (travel only): Siemens, Nuance Communications 

Indraneel Bhattacharyya, BDS, DDS, MS

Dr. Neel Bhattacharyya obtained oral and maxillofacial pathology training and received a masters degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis. He received his DDS from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. He is currently a tenured Full Professor and the Director of the Division of Oral Pathology at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He has been at UF for over 15 years and has won numerous teaching awards throughout his career including six at UF. He was also the Director of the UF Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology residency program from 2006–2017.

Srikar Chamala, PhD

Srikar Chamala, Ph.D., is the Director of Biomedical Informatics and Assistant Professor who leads the bioinformatics, genomics, and pathology informatics efforts at the University of Florida Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine. The current focus of his research is in global health equity, specifically understanding the genetic basis for human cancers using bioinformatics and genomics technologies. Additionally, his work involves machine learning and other data analytic techniques to discover and improve clinical outcomes and diagnosis.

Jorge Frias-Lopez, PhD

Dr. Frias-Lopez’s interest in studying interactions in complex microbial communities began years ago when working on a polymicrobial disease caused by a complex bacterial community that destroys corals all over the world, which resulted on a paper that studied gene expression of the bacterial mat during infection. However, at that time the technology did not allow for a deep coverage of the genes being expressed by the community. It was not until he was working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that he was able to develop a methodology to study microbial community gene expression in situ, which resulted on the first comprehensive report on the expression profile of bacterial communities in open ocean waters. At the Forsyth Institute he established a research program on the study of the function of the components of the oral biofilm both in vivo and using a multispecies biofilm model. Dr. Frias-Lopez joined the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Florida in 2016 where he is continuing his work on the contribution of the oral microbiome in health and disease as well as to expand it to the host response under different conditions.

Allison Grow, MD, PhD

Dr. Allison Grow has medical school and residency training at Stanford School of Medicine & Cancer Center, is the medical director of CyberKnife radiosurgery at a busy community radiation oncology practice, and is a radiosurgery specialist with interest in hypofractionation and combining radiotherapy with new systemic therapies.

Ronald Kulich, PhD

Dr. Kulich is a Full Professor and clinical psychologist at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and holds a Lecturer appointment at Harvard-MGH, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. He has published multiple peer reviewed papers on pain assessment and management. His responsibilities include development and management of opioid risk assessment protocols for the Massachusetts General Hospital Pain Center and Facial Pain/Headache Center at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Other academic responsibilities include treatment guideline development for work injury with Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, training committee for the MA Prescription Monitoring Program, multiple opioid risk guideline committees, and he has been co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Committee for the Curriculum on Substance Abuse assessment for dentistry. Fellowship training responsibilities include supervision of Anesthesia/Pain Medicine and Orofacial Pain Medicine Fellows (Mass General Hospital), as well as contributing to the behavioral sciences curriculum for Tufts School of Dental Medicine and supervision of psychology graduate interns.

Cesar Migliorati, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Cesar Migliorati is the Associate Dean of Clinical Administration and Quality Assurance at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is involved in the American Academy of Oral Medicine as a member, and is a Diplomate and President of the American Board of Oral Medicine.


Noted Disclosure:

Consultant and Adjudicator: Amgen Inc., UCB Inc., Syneos Health

Craig Miller, DMD

Dr. Craig Miller is a Professor of Oral Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, at the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, University Research Professor and Chief, Division of Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology College of Dentistry. He has served as President of the American Academy of Oral Medicine and the Oral Medicine & Pathology Group in the American Association of Dental Research, and served 8 years as Editor of the Oral Medicine Section of the journal “OOOO”, as well as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health.


 Noted Disclosure:

Relationship with: Elsevier, Ascend Learning Company, NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Expert Witness and Legal Consultant

Rose Nierman, RDH

In 1988 Rose founded Nierman Practice Management to help dental practices successfully bill medical insurance. She is the author of the very first cross-coding manual “Successful Medical Insurance in Dentistry” and electronic systems and processes. She is a frequent speaker at dental meetings including the Greater New York Dental Meeting, American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Rose is the author of numerous practice management articles and is published in The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, Dental Economics, Sleep Review Magazine and Dental Sleep Practice Magazine, to name a few. Rose’s mission to increase access to care for medically necessary services continues to this day. 

Michael Passineau PhD

Dr. Passineau earned his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Miami in 2001. He completed postdoctoral training as a Kirchstein fellow in cancer gene therapy at the UAB Gene Therapy Center before being appointed as an Instructor at the UAB School of Dentistry under March J MacDougall. In 2008, he joined the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh as Director of the Gene Therapy Program. He is appointed as Associate Professor of Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine, the academic affiliate of AHN. Dr. Passineau’s primary interest is in salivary gland gene therapy. His laboratory pioneered the use of sonoporation in the salivary gland to accomplish non-viral gene therapy and is currently developing an IND for non-viral gene therapy to reverse radiation-induced xerostomia. Other interests of his research group include epigenetic editing, robotic injectors for optimizing gene therapy and salivary gland regeneration through cell and tissue engineering.

Lori Reisner, PharmD, FCSHP

Dr. Reisner is a clinical pharmacist specializing in neurosurgery. She was a research pharmacist for the UCSF Pain Clinical Research Center and a consultant to the UCSF Center for TMD and Orofacial Pain. Dr. Reisner has served on the Board of Directors, Scientific Program Committee and Task Force for Centers of Excellence in Pain Management for the American Pain Society and developed a pain traineeship with the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists. She has also served on the ACCP Membership Committee. She received the Long Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988 and 2003. Dr. Reisner has publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Neurology, Dental Clinics of North America and Annals of Pharmacotherapy. She is a peer reviewer for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Journal of Pain and has authored chapters on pain management for three textbooks and the ACCP Reviews for Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy.

Dania Tamimi, BDS, DMSc

Dr. Dania Tamimi graduated with a dental degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She trained at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and earned a doctorate of medical science (DMSc) and certificate of fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 2005. She is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR).
She is a reviewer and an Editorial Board member for Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology (OOOO), as well as a reviewer for DMFR, Oral Radiology, Head and Neck, Angle Orthodontist and AJO-DO. She is the lead author on two textbooks: “Specialty Imaging: Dental Implants” (which has been translated to Portuguese and Russian) and “Specialty Imaging: Temporomandibular Joint” (translated to Spanish) and a co-lead author on “Diagnostic Imaging, Oral and Maxillofacial” (translated to Spanish). She lectures nationally and internationally.

She currently runs her oral and maxillofacial radiology private practice in Orlando, Florida.

Nathaniel Treister, DMD, DMSc

Dr. Treister is Chief of the Divisions of Oral Medicine and Dentistry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Treister earned his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and subsequently completed his Oral Medicine certificate and Oral Biology doctoral training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he is an Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine in the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity. He is board certified in Oral Medicine and practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with special interest in oral mucosal diseases, salivary gland diseases, and oral complications in cancer patients.

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