13th Annual Head and Neck Cancer Symposium (Online Course)

This is an online, self-study course. This course uses filmed live presentations from June 15, 2018.


Individuals who register for this course will receive an email with video links to the 6 presentations. Individuals who view all 6 presentation videos and pass the course quiz will receive 6 self-study CDE credits.


Please register for this course through this page.


SCOTT D. BENJAMIN, D.D.S. Full-time private practice, Sidney, NY; Visiting professor, SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Research Associate NYU College of Dentistry

ALESSANDRO VILLA, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., Instructor of Oral Medicine, Infection, and Immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

MARK LERMAN, D.M.D. is the Division Director of Oral Pathology and Interim Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He is appointed as an Associate Professor and divides his time between teaching, clinical practice, and the school's biopsy service.


Dr. Lerman earned both his B.A. in history and D.M.D from Tufts University. After completing a general practice residency in dentistry at Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital, he trained in oral and maxillofacial pathology at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in New York City. He was on the faculty for eight years at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he was appointed as an Assistant Clinical Professor, before returning to his alma mater in 2014. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and he has authored multiple articles in the peer-reviewed oral pathology literature. 

JOHN R. KALMAR, D.M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology, The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry

SUJEY MORGAN, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Professor of Maxiollofacial Prosthodontist, Dental Oncologist, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

MIRIAM O’LEARY, M.D., FACS Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Course Details

Oral cancer remains the most common disfiguring and deadly disease that oral health care providers, including general dentists, specialists, physicians and staff, are likely to encounter in practice. This course provides clinicians with the knowledge to understand the various etiologic factors of oral cancer, and enhances their ability to recognize early potentially malignant and malignant changes within the oral cavity. Course attendees will learn to effectively communicate with their patients regarding appropriate management. This course also discusses the complex nature of such treatment and the complications that may ensue, as well as their potential to affect dental treatment.


This course is suitable for both dentists and dental staff members.


This course was held filmed live on June 15, 2018 at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.


Video Topics


Understanding the True Value of Adjunctive Oral Mucosal Screening Technologies By Scott Benjamin, D.D.S.


Oral Leukoplakia and Early Detection of Oral Cancer by Alessandro Villa, D.D.S., Ph. D., M.P.H.


Radiographic Oral Pathology: Distinguishing Significant from Innocuous Findings By Mark A. Lerman, D.M.D.


Oral Cancer 2018: Has the Epidemiology Changed? By John R. Kalmar, D.M.D., Ph. D.


3D Technology to Restore Form and Function for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer By Sujey Morgan, D.D.S., M.S.


Management of Advanced Oral Cavity Cancer By Miriam O'Leary, M.D., FACS


Individuals wishing to learn about this topic and view these presentations are asked to register for this course. An email will be sent to you containing the video links and further instructions.


After viewing the videos, individuals who would like to receive 6 CDE credits must take and pass a short quiz located in the email.


Participants who successfully complete both steps will have their CDE credit letter arrive in their inbox within 48 hours.


For questions about this process, please contact us at DentalCE@tufts.edu, or at 617-636-6629.

Learning Objectives
  • Name conventional and newly-recognized factors for oropharyngeal and oral cancer, including human papillomavirus infection
  • Describe radiographic findings that suggest when a biopsy is appropriate or when a lesion may be monitored instead
  • List the oral complications of oral cancer therapy and their implications for the dentist
  • Outline a management strategy for patients with stage IV oral cancer
  • Define the complications associated with the surgical and medical management of head and neck cancer

CE Credits

Self Study: Credit Hours - 6

AGD Code: 730

Course Fee




This is an online course.

About Us


Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date 11/15-12/19.


We may be reached by email at DentalCE@Tufts.edu, and by phone at 617-636-6629.

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