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Oral Pathology Potpourri

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Date/Time :
Saturday, 02/29/20 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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This course for dental professionals addresses a variety of important and interesting topics including, HPV & Oropharyngeal Cancer, The Dry Mouth Patient, Commonly Confused Oral Pathological Entities, and Gingival Pathology.

 Dr. Solomon will update participants on oropharyngeal cancers caused by infection with human papilloma virus (HPV). The etiology, diagnosis, incidence, demographics, prognosis and management of oropharyngeal cancer will be discussed. Clinical signs and symptoms will be reviewed with an emphasis on new standards for extraoral and intraoral examination.

Dr. Zunt will discuss the patient with dry mouth or salivary gland hypofunction, which can lead to significant oral and dental challenges including discomfort, ulcers, candidiasis and dental caries.  By recognizing the clinical signs and symptoms, the dentist / dental hygienist / dental assistant can perform objective measurement tests to determine the unstimulated salivary flow rate and use them to recommend treatment. Lifelong care is needed to compensate for low salivary flow.

Dr. Ison will present a streamlined approach for assessing oral lesions to arrive at a clinical diagnosis. Similar appearing benign and malignant lesions will be highlighted. Selected commonly confused oral pathological entities will be discussed along with their mimickers with tips on how to differentiate between lesions. Techniques to perform simple soft tissue biopsies of the oral cavity will be presented.

Dr. Stern will discuss the range of diseases that can affect the gingiva including those that present clinically as gingival masses and desquamative gingivitis. Differential diagnosis and management will be addressed.


8:30 a.m.             Registration &  Breakfast

9:00 a.m.             Lecture

10:55a.m. – 11:05a.m.    Break

1:00 p.m.             Adjorn



Dr. Lynn Solomon is a Clinical Professor at Nova Southeastern University in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. In addition, she is the Director of the Nova Oral Pathology Biopsy Service and the course director for two pre-doctoral courses and one post-doctoral course in Oral Pathology. Dr. Solomon obtained her Florida dental license in 2012 and practices clinical oral pathology in the Nova Faculty Practice group. Dr. Solomon is a fellow in the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Science (DDS), Master’s degree in Oral Sciences, and a Certificate in Oral Pathology, all from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. She also completed a Fellowship in Head and Neck Pathology at Emory University School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Solomon was a faculty member at SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and at Tufts University, where she was an associate professor in the School of Dental Medicine Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Solomon has numerous publications on various topics in pathology in peer-reviewed journals.


Susan Zunt, DDS, MS is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Chair of the Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology at Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, Indiana, and member of the Oral Pathology Group Laboratory diagnostic biopsy service. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. She received a master’s degree from Indiana University in Oral Pathology with a minor in Oral Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and past President (2009-2010).  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and is a Director of the ABOMP.  She is a member of the American Dental Association.  Dr. Zunt is a member of the American Dental Education Association and has served as Chair of the ADEA Council of Faculties and Chair of the Section on Pathology. Dr. Zunt maintains an active practice in diagnostic surgical oral and maxillofacial pathology and clinical oral pathology. Her research and practice interests include oral manifestations of disease, oral cancer and precancer and diagnosis and management of salivary gland dysfunction. Dr. Zunt accepts clinical patients on referral for oral problems including oral burning, burning mouth syndrome, aphthous stomatitis, lichen planus and lichenoid mucositis/reactions, non-healing ulcers, mucous membrane pemphigoid and other vesiculobullous diseases, viral infections, candidiasis (thrush),

 white and red lesions, precancer and cancer, oral ulcers, dry mouth/ xerostomia, and Sjogren’s syndrome and other autoimmune diseases with oral manifestations. 


Dr. Jennie Ison is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, and Diagnostic Sciences at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine.  She also participates in the Nova Oral Pathology Biopsy Service and is course director for pre-doctoral Oral Histology and Embryology. Dr. Ison is a fellow in the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.  She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, after which she practiced general dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky for several years. Dr. Ison completed an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York, where she was named Chief Resident and received the Resident of the Year award. Dr. Ison was also awarded the appointment of Teaching Associate in Dental Medicine by the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell for her educational efforts in other post-graduate medical and dental programs at Northwell Health and lectures to pre-doctoral dental students at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and Touro College of Dental Medicine.


Dr. Stern is a Professor in the Department of Oral Diagnostic Science, Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine, a Voluntary Professor of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a Consultant at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, West Palm Beach. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Stern has been a practicing oral and maxillofacial pathologist in both the private and academic sectors for more than 50 years. A magna cum lauda graduate of Hunter College, she received her D.D.S. from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. She interned at Long Island Jewish Hospital and received her training in oral pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She has lectured widely within the United States as well as throughout the world. In addition to numerous other publications, Dr. Stern co-authored “Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: A Rationale for Diagnosis and Treatment” which received the American Medical Writers Association Book of the Year Award in 2002.


At the end of the presentation the participant will know how to:

  • Recognize clinical findings that are suspicious for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma
  • Describe the mechanism of carcinogenesis driven by human papilloma virus
  • Understand treatment and prognosis for patients with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Recognize clinical signs and symptoms of dry mouth / salivary gland hypofunction
  • Monitor subjective findings of dry mouth
  • Objectively measure salivary flow and treat dry mouth/ salivary gland hypofunction
  • Describe oral lesions for effective communication with other providers
  • Categorize lesions according to tissue of origin in order to facilitate appropriate biopsy technique
  • Recognize common oral pathological entities and differentiate these from clinical mimickers
  • Appreciate the broad range of lesions that affect the gingiva
  • Be able to formulate a differential diagnosis
  • Understand the management of various gingival lesions


Course Location

Nova South Eastern University-Main Davie campus
3200 S. University Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
Room: Assembly BLDG 2, Auditorium 2-D, 2nd Floor


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