Department of Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Diagnostic Sciences provides a critical link between basic science and clinical dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine. The application of diagnostic sciences in dentistry combines oral radiology and oral pathology to diagnose oral diseases and to develop treatment plans accordingly.

The department educates graduate, predoctoral and dental hygiene students and provides services to patients and clinicians in the fields of oral radiology, oral pathology/oral medicine, and dental emergencies. Faculty members within the department provide didactic and clinical instruction to predoctoral students in general and systemic pathology, oral pathology, oral radiology, and management of dental emergencies. Clinically, students learn appropriate techniques for extraoral and intraoral examination, medical history review, assessment and diagnosis of dental pain, treatment planning of dental emergencies, and radiographic techniques and interpretation. Faculty also provide clinical consultation throughout the School of Dental Medicine.

Additionally, the department’s biopsy service provides timely diagnoses to oral health care providers in the tri-state area. Outside practitioners frequently consult departmental faculty regarding the diagnosis and management of difficult cases.

The department supports a three-year Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency Program through the UPMC Department of Dental Medicine. The program prepares graduates to efficiently address both diagnosis and treatment of oral disease, as well as establish the critical connection between oral disease and systemic disease. Residents also receive extensive training in surgical pathology and are eligible for the examination offered by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology upon graduation from the program.

Chair
Dr. L. G. Schneider
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: (412) 648-8652
Email: lgs1@dental.pitt.edu