Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

Chair: Denise Trochesset, DDS
Clinical Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine


The educational program of the department comprises a broad range of activities that includes didactic and clinical courses to undergraduate dental students, two didactic courses (Pathology and Radiology) to dental hygiene students, and both didactic courses and microscopic experience for postgraduate students. Many faculty members have advanced graduate and clinical specialty training, providing a core of clinician-scientists whose leadership in research and education position them at the cutting edge of clinical dentistry and research.

The department’s undergraduate dental curriculum includes courses in all four years. The goal is to develop the dental student’s knowledge and skill in comprehensive patient evaluation and diagnosis in preparation for treatment planning so that they develop treatment plans that address existing problems as well as disease prevention and health promotion. The department’s curriculum is integrated with those of other departments in the College of Dentistry and emphasizes the responsibility of the dentist to see problems affecting the oral region in the context of overall health status. The department’s curriculum includes assessment of patients’ overall health status and its impact on oral health care, identifying problems affecting the teeth and supporting structures, understanding and identifying oral mucosal and salivary gland disorders, orofacial neurological and chronic pain disorders, oral manifestations of systemic diseases and dental management of patients with complex medical problems and disabilities.

The Oral Diagnostic Pathology Laboratory, NYU Dentistry’s oral biopsy service, is part of the department. The laboratory provides histopathology examination and diagnosis of cases submitted from the dental center clinics and by private dentists in the community. The laboratory also serves as a resource for research projects developed by the faculty of the College.

The department’s research programs are vibrant and represent the keen interest of the department faculty in the generation of new knowledge that expands the breadth and depth of dentistry. Departmental faculty are investigators in a broad range of research that includes topics such as diagnostic technologies for early detection of oral cancer or precancer, access of dental care to patients with special needs, trials to develop new medications for oral mucosal disorders, oral manifestations of HIV infection, epidemiology and new treatments for chronic pain disorders.