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AAOM Member Highlight: Iquebal Hasan

Iquebal Hasan
Assistant Professor Oral Medicine
ECU School of Dental Medicine

I started my dental career in India, where I worked in private practice as a general dentist and taught in a dental school.  Family ties brought me here to North America, and on completing the National Dental Board Examination, I joined Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry as a general practice resident. After that, I joined Carolinas Medical Center as a GPR co-chief resident and stayed two more years to complete the oral medicine residency training. Upon completing the residency, I joined the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry (UKCD) as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Diagnosis/Oral Medicine/Oral Radiology. I established a robust oral medicine practice at UKCD, and the Dean appointed me as Division Chief after a year.  I received the ASDA Outstanding Faculty Award for my service to the students of UKCD and the Best Faculty Acknowledgement by UKCD Class of 2018.

My wife, who is also a dentist, completed her orofacial pain residency at UKCD. In 2016, both of us received an offer to join the East Carolina University (ECU) School of Dental Medicine.  We took this offer and relocated to Greenville, North Carolina, where we established very busy oral medicine and orofacial pain practices. The oral medicine curriculum at ECU runs for two years, with one year focusing on released cases of my actual patients. 

The Interprofessional Oral Medicine Study Club, which I started at ECU, involves dental, medical, nursing, and allied health students. It is among the busiest and fastest growing student organizations on the ECU Health Science Campus. I mentor the group for monthly study club meetings and/or presentations and cancer fund raisers. I have also volunteered as a mentor for educating Health Science Campus students on oral cancer screening, and I have been invited for medical grand rounds by several departments at Brody School of Medicine.

I am a faculty mentor for two Schweitzer Fellowship Project Awards. One of the projects is focused on the quality of life in females with autoimmune diseases, and the other is geared towards accelerating dental clearance for head and neck cancer patients.

I currently serve on the American Academy of Oral Medicine Graduate Awards Committee and I intend to continue serving AAOM to increase awareness of our specialty. To that end, I was interviewed by North Carolina Health News on the oral and systemic connection, and I was an invited Keynote Speaker by Blue Cross Blue Shield for a conference on “Integrating Medical & Dental Insurance.” Every year at least one student from ECU joins an oral medicine residency program. I am currently mentoring a medical student for the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) Affiliate Fellowship.

I am proud of my elder son, who is now applying to dental schools. My younger son, a high school senior, is still undecided about his future career path.

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