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. is the Division Director of Oral Pathology and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He is appointed as a 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. 

ARUNA RAMESH, BDS, DMD, MS, Dr. Aruna Ramesh is a full-time Professor and Associate Dean for Academic affairs at TUSDM. She has been a faculty member at TUSDM since 2001. She received her MS in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry in 2000 and DMD from TUSDM in 2004. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR) and a fellow of the American College of Dentists. She has served as the elected Councilor of Scientific Affairs and Public Policy for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR).  She currently serves as the OMFR Commissioner with the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards and a site visitor for OMFR programs. She is involved with educational, research, patient care and administrative responsibilities. She has a private practice limited to Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

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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