The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Department of Diagnostic Sciences educates students to provide oral radiology, oral pathology/oral medicine, and dental emergency services to patients and clinicians. Oral radiology and oral pathology combine basic science and general dentistry to help dentists diagnose oral diseases and develop treatment plans. The department offers oral pathology biopsy services, oral and maxillofacial radiology referrals and consultations, emergency services, and supports an oral and maxillofacial pathology residency program.

Graduate, predoctoral, and dental hygiene students learn clinical techniques for extra-oral and intraoral examination, medical history review and assessment, diagnosis of dental pain, dental emergency treatment planning, and radiographic procedures.  Faculty use didactic teaching methods and provide students with clinical experiences to instruct general and systemic pathology, oral pathology and radiology, and management of dental emergencies.

Faculty also serve as consults to outside practitioners to aide in the diagnosis and management of difficult cases.

The University of Pittsburgh Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Biopsy Service provides timely diagnoses to oral health care providers in the tri-state area. Pathology services include standard tissue processing, staining, molecular diagnostics, immunofluorescence, and immunocytochemistry.

University Dental Health Services Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Imaging Service provides digital 2-D imaging and Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) 3-D imaging, performed by the department’s board-certified oral and maxillofacial radiologists.

The department supports a three-year Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency Program through the UPMC Department of Dental Medicine. The program prepares graduates to diagnose and treat oral disease, and 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.


Dr. Anitha Potluri
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine 
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261