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About this Site

This web page is sponsored by the Maxillofacial Center for Education & Research, a small, private nonprofit U.S. research center based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. The MFCenter maintains the site for easy access to other oral pathology and oral medicine sites and services. Information on the site is gleaned from interested parties worldwide, and at least one oral pathologist from each continent, excluding Antarctica, has agreed to be a special International Advisor for the site (see listing of International Advisors). Several non-pathologists have also agreed to provide pathology-related information from other specialties (see listing of International Advisors). 

Informational material is updated and maintained by a US oral pathologist, Dr. J. E. Bouquot, Director of Research for the MFCenter. This site was first opened in November, 2000 and as of February, 2004 was averaging 830,000 hits and 70,000 visitors per year.

If you or your organization have a suggestion or wish to be linked to this page, please contact us at MFCenter@aol.com. The MFCenter's website is www.maxillofacialcenter.comThe new webmaster for this site is James Bouquot, a graphic artist from Morgantown, West Virginia, USA (www.Bouquot.org). He is continually improving the graphics, but many of the graphics remain from the older version of this site.

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Definition of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
(Oral Pathology, Oral Path.)

Oral pathology is the specialty of dentistry and pathology which deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research, diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic,  biochemical or other examinations, and management of patients. In the United States oral pathology is one of nine specialties officially recognized by the American Dental Association and the federal government, and because of this it has its own national certifying board, the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology.  Oral pathologists operate biopsy services for dental and medical professionals, and many also operate clinical diagnosis and management clinics (clinical oral pathology) as well as radiograph consultation services. Several national organizations of oral pathologists exist.  In the U.S. the main national association is the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, and the above definition is that of the AAOMP and has also been adopted by the American Dental Association.

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Definition of Oral Medicine
(Stomatology)

Oral Medicine is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the oral health care of medically compromised patients and with the diagnosis and non-surgical management of medically related disorders or conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region.  Oral Medicine specialists are concerned with the non-surgical medical aspects of dentistry. These specialists are involved in the primary diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases that do not respond to conventional dental or maxillofacial surgical procedures. (Note: This definition is derived from the American Academy of Oral Medicine)


Typically, oral medicine specialists may deal with:

  • Chronic orofacial disorders and complications resulting from systemic diseases, aging, immunosuppression and medical therapies
  • Salivary gland and functional disorders of the head and neck region
  • Chemo-sensory and neurological impairment of the oral and maxillofacial complex


Sponsors
 
Sponsors of oralpath.com

Country Sponsor Address/Contact Information

U.S.A.

Head & Neck
Diagnostics
of America

165 Scott Avenue, Suite 101, Morgantown, West Virginia 26508. Director: J. E. Bouquot, D.D.S., M.S.D., Diplomate ABOMP. Phone: 304-292-4429. This is one of the largest biopsy services for the dental profession in the US.

U.S.A.

The Maxillofacial
Center for
Education & Research

165 Scott Avenue, Suite 100, Morgantown, West Virginia 26508. Director: J. S. Beggs, M.D., M.H.A.; Director of Research: J. E. Bouquot, D.D.S., M.S.D., F.I.C.D. A private research center.

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Advisors

International Advisors to oralpath.com

Continent Advisor/Country Institution

Africa

Dr. Eric Raubenheimer
South Africa

Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa), Pretoria, Transvaal

Asia

Dr. Takashi Takata
Japan

Faculty of Dentistry, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima

Australia

Dr. William Young
Australia

Dept. of Dentistry, University of Queensland, Brisbane

Australia

Dr. Neil Savage
Australia

Dept. of Dentistry, University of Queensland, Brisbane

Europe

Dr. Peter Morgan
England

School of Dentistry, Guy's Hospital, London

Europe

Dr. Karsten Gundlach
Germany

Chairman, Dept. of Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Medicine, Universitat Rostock, Rostock

North
America

Dr. Beatrice Aldophe
Mexico

Chairperson, Dept of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, University of Mexico, Mexico City

North
America

Dr. Jerry Bouquot
U.S.A.

Director of Resesarch, The Maxillofacial Center, Morgantown, West Virginia; Adjunct Professor, Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

North
America

Dr. Michael Kahn
U.S.A.

Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, School of Dental Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

North
America

Dr. Valerie Murrah
U.S.A.

Chairperson, Dept. of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

North
America

Dr. Michael Rohrer
U.S.A.

Director, Division of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Central America

Dr. Roman Carlos
Guatemala

Servicio de DiagnosticoClinico y Patologico, Guatemala City

Associate Advisors to oralpath.com
Continent Advisor/Country Institution
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Robert McMahon
U.S.A.

The Oral Surgery Group,  Merriville, Indiana; Clinical Investigator, The Maxillofacial Center for Diagnostics & Research, Morgantown, West Virginia

Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology Dr. Thomas Razmus
U.S.A.

Chairman, Dept. of Diagnostic Services, School of Dentistry, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Head & Neck Pathology Dr. Douglas Gnepp
U.S.A.

School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Orofacial Pain/TMD Dr. Wesley Shankland II
U.S.A.

The Craniofacial Pain and TMD Clinic, Columbus, Ohio; Clinical Investigator, The Maxillofacial Center for Diagnostics & Research, Morgantown, West Virginia

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