Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Oral Pathology is the speciality of dentistry and discipline of pathology that deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical or other examinations.

Towards this end, the aspiring dentist is first introduced to the normal anatomy, histology and embryology of the oral tissues together with the physiological and biochemical basis of functioning of these tissues. This is followed by the exposition of the essential nature, cause, development, structural and functional changes wrought by disease in its various forms.

Undergraduate students acquire competence in the recognition of the normal and abnormal features of the oral and allied tissues by a comprehensive series of lectures, practicals and interactive seminars, slide reviews and projects.

The department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology provides investigative clinical and histopathological services for referred patients, while maintaining a database of the various oral pathoses reported for research.

The department also conducts research studies in an attempt to contribute towards the diagnosis and prognosis of various pathologies related to the oral cavity.

The department is reasonably well equipped with a well ventilated, bright central students laboratory, binocular microscopes, an extensive slide collection comprising 90 percent of oral pathoses, museum, and a departmental library with a cross section of the latest editions of reference titles.

The clinical pathology section has two fully loaded dental chairs, automated hematology and biochemical analysers.

The histopathological laboratory has an automated tissue processor, rotary microtome, cryostat, research microscope with prescribed attachments, imaging and facilities for immunohistochemical investigations.

  • Dr. Anita Spadigam, Professor & Head
  • Dr. Anita Dhupar, Professor
  • Dr. Shaheen Syed, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Karla Carvalho, Lecturer
  • Dr. Shruti Nagvekar, Lecturer
  • Dr. Poonam R. Sawant, Lecturer
  • Dr. Anupama Mukherjee, Lecturer
  • Dr. Jochima Cota, Senior Resident

Non-teaching staff:

  • Mrs. Vaishali Tandel, Lab Technician
  • Mrs. Darshana Shirodkar, Lab Technician
  • Ms. Kumud Naik, Attendant
  • Mrs. Rekha Chari, Attendant

The department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology amalgamates the macroscopic and microscopic evidence of oral disease for arriving at a definitive diagnosis thus contributing towards patient management.

The tests carried out in the department include:

  • Complete blood count
  • Bleeding & Clotting time
  • Oral cytology
  • Vital staining
  • Histopathological analysis of tissue specimen/Histochemistry
  • Cryotomy
  • Immunohistochemistry

Intake of Undergraduate students: 50 per year

Intake of Postgraduate students: 2 per year

Passing percentage in the last 5 years: 100%

Placement of Postgraduate students (Last 5 Years):

  • Teaching Positions- 6
  • Practice- 3

Number of scientific publications (2017-2018): 13

* The Hits & Misses: an Evidence Based Review – Presented by Dr. Karla Carvalho

 AWARDED BEST PAPER at 1st International & 16th National IAFO Conference 2018.

* The World Cancer Day was observed on 4th February 2019

To commemorate the day, book marks & stickers were distributed among the staff & students. Posters were displayed to create awareness among patients. Staff and students participated in the caption writing competition, themed “IamANDIWill”. The award winning caption was “Educate to Eradicate”

* A screening programme for early detection of oral potentially malignant disorders/ Oral cancer among the inmates of Colvale Jail has been initiated in 2019.