Diagnosis and Interpretation of Soft and Hard Tissue Abnormalities: When, Why, and How to Help Your Patients
  • Friday, October 12, 2018 
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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MARK LERMAN, D.M.D. Dr. Mark Lerman is a full-time Professor and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at TUSDM. As a “Double-Jumbo,” he graduated from Tufts both with a B.A. in history and a D.M.D. before completing his general practice residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his oral and maxillofacial pathology training at New York Presbyterian Queens.  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 (AAOMP). He currently serves on the AAOMP Executive Council and previously completed a term as commissioner with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). He divides his time at TUSDM between teaching, clinical practice, and diagnostic histopathology at Tufts Oral Pathology Services, the school’s biopsy service.

ARUNA RAMESH, BDS, MS, DMD, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at TUSDM. She has served in this role since February 2020. The office of academic affairs has oversight of all predoctoral and postdoctoral residency programs along with developing and implementing faculty development programs (with the office of the Dean) and faculty calibration programs. Prior to this she served as the chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the School from 2015-2020. From 2003 -2015, she served as the division director for oral and maxillofacial radiology. She has been a faculty member at TUSDM since 2001. She received her M.S. in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMFR) from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry in 2000 and D.M.D. from TUSDM in 2004. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. She has a part-time private practice in OMFR. Her work spans administrative responsibilities, teaching and scholarly activities.

RUMPA GANGULY, D.M.D., Assistant Professor and Division Head, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

Course Details

Distinguishing benign pathologies and variants of the normal anatomy from clinically significant diseases can be challenging for even experienced clinicians. Providers must determine whether further evaluation or a biopsy is needed and how to strike the right balance between alarming patients unnecessarily with the risk of delaying a diagnosis of malignancy.


In this full-day course, the instructors will help clinicians learn to identify soft-tissue mucosal disease and hard tissue radiographich pathology, including atypical presentations that vary from classic textbook pictures. Participants will have the opportunity to partake in case-based discussions to enhance their familiarity and understanding of the subject matter.


The hands-on portion of the program is designed to allow general dentists, specialists, residents, and students comfortable performing uncomplicated soft-tissue biopsies under local anesthesia in out-patient settings. Attendees will also have the opportunity to use their smartphones, laptops, tablets, or other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to participate in differential diagnosis exercises.

Learning Objectives
  • Prepare differential diagnoses of the most commonly encountered oral infections, immune-mediated diseases, and tumors
  • Develop management strategies including pharmacologic treatment
  • Compare and practice punch and scalpel biopsy techniques
  • Participate in systematic analysis of radiographic pathologies, including atypical findings and abnormalities
  • Prepare differential diagnoses for radiographic presentations

CE Credits

Participation: Credit Hours - 6

AGD Code: 740

Course Fee

$495 (Dentist)

$195 (Staff)



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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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