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Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologists

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Biopsies save lives. The Surgical Oral Pathology Laboratory at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry diagnoses malignant, pre-malignant, benign and inflammatory lesions.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists identify and manage diseases affecting the oral (teeth and mouth)and maxillofacial (jaws and face) regions and investigate the causes, identification, effects, and management of these diseases. At the College of Dentistry these clinical and research specialists, along with a team of microscopic diagnosticians, collaborate with other dental and medical practitioners to advance oral health care for patients.


Dr. Nidhi Handoo Nidhi Handoo, B.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

Dr. Handoo joined the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry in 2010 as a visiting assistant professor and was also an associate clinical fellow in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine (OPRM). In 2014, Dr. Handoo was appointed as a clinical assistant professor in OPRM and director of the Oral Diagnosis Clinic.

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John W. Hellstein John W. Hellstein, D.D.S.
Interim Head, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine

After serving 20 years in the army, Dr. Hellstein joined the faculty of the College of Dentistry in 2002. He is director of the Surgical Oral Pathology Laboratory and has a special interest in bisphosphonate (Bis-phossy jaw) osteonecrosis of the jaw.

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Sherry Timmons Sherry Timmons, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

Dr. Timmons became a faculty member in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology & Medicine in 2002 following completion of a Ph.D. in oral science from Iowa in 2001 and a general practice residency in 2002.

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Steven D. Vincent Steven D. Vincent, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

Dr. Vincent joined the faculty of the College of Dentistry in 1984 as the director of the Oral Diagnosis Clinic. He became the director of Advanced Education Programs in Stomatology in 1987.

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