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News from Schools

The University of California (UCSF)

Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH

New Oral Oncology Clinic at UCSF

As part of the Oral Medicine expansion at The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Dr. Alessandro Villa, Chief of the Sol Silverman Oral Medicine Clinic recently opened the Oral Oncology Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Oral Oncology Clinic offers cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment options for oral complications from cancer therapy. 

Oral Medicine Faculty position at USCF

The Department of Orofacial Sciences invites applications for a position at the Clinical Instructor, or Assistant Professor in the Clinical X or HS Clinical series, in the Division of Oral Medicine, Pathology and Radiology. The successful candidate will be expected to provide patient care in the Oral Medicine clinics, to contribute to the education of students and residents in the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine and contribute to research in an area of oral disease. The applicant must have completed advanced training in oral medicine by time of appointment start date, be certified or be eligible for certification by the American Board of Oral Medicine, and be eligible for licensure in the State of California by examination, credentials or by Special Permit.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research, statement of teaching, statement of contributions to diversity, and the names of three references electronically, via AP Recruit at:

Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine (NSU-CDM)

Michael A. Siegel, DDS, MS, FDS, RCSEd
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

We just concluded our annual case report competition.  As D3 students, they are advised that they have both clinical years to find a patient with an intraoral or cutaneous lesion (and preferably a medically complex patient) on which to perform a complete workup to include history, clinical exam, photos, histopathology when indicated, differential diagnosis, final diagnosis and treatment.  The student can document any indicated biopsy as well as surgery with our oral and maxillofacial surgeons and to scrub into the case when applicable.  During the winter semester of the D4 year, students present their case to their assigned departmental faculty mentor.  A rubric is used for grading.  This represents their capstone oral medicine experience.

The members of the department then choose the best eight presentations, which are, presented by the student to their class (the entire faculty is invited).  Following their respective presentations, they are presented with a plaque from the department.

The photo below was taken following all the best eight presentations.  

The faculty in the photo are (L to R):  Dr. Sajish Kuriacose, Dr. Michael A Siegel, Dr. Lina M. Mejia and Dr. Steven Mescher.   Missing from the photo are Dr, Jennie Ison and Dr. Lynn Solomon.

University of Washington School of Dentistry


Upcoming events

  • Dr. Linda LeResche - who will be retiring this year after decades in our department - was recognized as the 2021 Arcora Distinguished Professor
  • She will be hosting the 2021 Arcora Foundation Distinguished Professor  in Dentistry Symposium: The Changing Face of Dentistry on Saturday, June 19: 9-11:30 am PDT and Saturday, June 26: 9-11:30 am PDT

Outgoing/incoming residents

  • Outgoing graduate students: Dr. Fawaz Hatem will graduate in June 2020. Dr. Gale Sebastian will graduate in August 2020
  • Incoming graduate students: Dr. Surbhi Chugh, Dr. Kevin Chung, Dr. Mobolaji Moore, and Dr. Jocelyn Vivas Castillo

Awards of any member of your Department/School

  • Dr. Rania Abasaeed and Dr. Nick Sotak become Diplomates of the ABOM
  • Dr. Bea Gandara (AAOM member) and Dr. Kim Espinoza (Special Care Dentistry) were both named Fellows in the American College of Dentists
  • Dr. David Dean was selected to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Medical Leadership Developments High Potentials Program
  • Dr. Stuart Taylor continues as a director on the ABOM board


  • Dr. Rashmi Mishra joined our faculty as an acting assistant professor
  • Dr. Sumeia Werfalli and Dr. Eyad Nusayr joined as affiliate assistant professors.

Legislative/policy updates of AAOM or of other institution (that may have some impact on the practice of oral medicine)

  • Dentists and dental students have been authorized to administer COVID vaccines in Washington state

West Virginia University School of Dentistry

Steven B. Whitaker, DDS
Interim Chair, Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Greetings from West Virginia!

By the grace of God, it appears we have made it through the eye of the pandemic. Housed in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, our Urgent Care Clinic has remained open since the beginning of the crisis. Along with our colleagues in Endodontics and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we were able to relieve the pain and suffering of hundreds of patients from West Virginia and surrounding states. Of those who have come through the doors, to our knowledge not a single infection was transmitted from patient to clinician, clinician to patient or any other combination.

Under the leadership of our COVID-19 Task Force leader, Dr. Juan Bugueno and Interim Dean, Dr. Fotinos Panagakos, we were given the information and resources necessary to continue to operate in an environment that was made as safe as possible. The majority of department staff, faculty and a handful of cheerful volunteers contributed mightily to the effort and continue to do so to this day! In closing, I would like to acknowledge a group of former D3 students whose professionalism shone during that critical period when offices were being forced to close. The “COVID-4” would not give up their posts without a fight. Now recent graduates; Dr. Sarah Civitillo, Dr. Lawson Hoover, Dr. Abdul Kaou and Dr. Mark Yohe’s dedication to our patients and school are great examples of why we are all proud Mountaineers!

Recent graduates, from left to right: Drs. Abdul Kaou, Lawson Hoover, Sarah Civitillo, and Mark Yohe

Awards of any member of your Department/School

Dr. Juan M Bugueno, DDS, MS, ABOM

  • Has been accepted as a 2021-22 American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute Fellow.
  • Has been selected as a “WVU Shining Star” for the extraordinary support and service provided to members of the WVU family and for making a difference at the university.
  • Has been appointed as a site visitor by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for the oral medicine specialty.