Dr. Vincent joined the College of Dentistry in 1984 as director of the Oral Diagnosis Clinic. He became the director of Advanced Education Programs in Stomatology in 1987. In 1996, he was made director of the electronic Oral Health Information System, development and implementation, for the College of Dentistry. In 2000, Dr. Vincent was appointed head of the department. Dr. Vincent retired in 2015.
His teaching responsibilities included predoctoral and postdoctoral lectures concerning oral histopathology, clinical differential diagnosis, head and neck pain, and therapeutic management.
Dr. Vincent was actively involved in the management of referred patients, primarily in the areas of oral mucosal disease and head and neck pain.
His research activities included clinical studies concerning the diagnosis and management of oral candidosis, oral cancer, papilloma and herpes simplex virus infections and radiation mucositis.
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Dr. Vincent has been a member of the U.S. and Canadian Academies of Pathology; the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology; the University of Iowa Cancer Center; the American Dental Education Association; the Academy of Sports Dentistry; the National Council Against Health Fraud; the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; the AADR Experimental Pathology Group; the Iowa Association of Dental Research; the American Dental Association; the Iowa Dental Association; the University District Dental Society of Iowa; and the Johnson County Dental Society. Since 1996, Dr. Vincent has been a consultant to the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. Since 1995, Dr. Vincent has been a member of the Test Construction Committee, Oral Pathology and Radiology of the American Dental Association's Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations. He has been a board examiner, Oral Pathology, Royal College of Dentists, Canada, since 1994 and a board examiner, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Royal College of Dentists, Canada, since 1993. Dr. Vincent is an advisor on Dental Materials, Instruments and Equipment, American Dental Association; and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Dental Association.