Dr. Joanne L. Prasad joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences. She earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1995. Dr. Prasad subsequently completed a General Practice Residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT (1996), an Internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University/Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA (1997), and a 3-year residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in Flushing, NY (1999-2002).
Dr. Prasad is actively involved in teaching predoctoral students, dental hygiene students, as well as graduate residents at the School of Dental Medicine. She is director of courses in histology, oral and maxillofacial pathology, and biological sciences, and a frequent guest lecturer in several other courses, such as General and Systemic Pathology.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Prasad is actively involved in service to the School of Dental Medicine. She is currently the Director of the School’s Quality Management and Improvement program. She also serves on the Accreditation Steering Committee and the Curriculum Committee. She is the School of Dental Medicine’s liaison for the Year of the Humanities events in the University for the current academic year. Additionally, as a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist, Dr. Prasad is a staff surgical pathologist and consultant for the University Dental Health Services, Inc. Biopsy Service.
Her research interests vary broadly from the clinical, pathologic and immunohistochemical profile of oral lesions to topics related to health disparity. Dr. Prasad has served as a reviewer for several scientific journals. She has been published in Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology, Head and Neck Pathology, Journal of the American Dental Association, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and others.
In addition to her SDM responsibilities, Dr. Prasad is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health, along with a Certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management, both from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.