Continuing Dental Education

CE1761 Law/Lewis Lecture in Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Pathology: Most Common Oral Diseases in Children

Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS and Elizabeth Kutcipal, DDS

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Course Description

This course is collaboratively taught by two experienced clinicians: an oral surgeon and an oral pathologist. Their combined experience results in a well-rounded, complete course that discusses the full arc of diagnosis and treatment of pediatric oral diseases: identification of these diseases from the early stages, treatment and post-treatment management of patients.

This course will cover the most important and most common pediatric oral diseases, as well as some uncommon but problematic cases, especially those of bone origin. Pediatric patients include infants through young adults. The course emphasis will be on the clinical presentation, ideal management, and treatment of each disease. Each disease will be presented through clinical photographs and/or radiographs with an applied clinical differential diagnosis, followed by a complete discussion of the clinical presentation, etiology, treatment, prognosis, and complications when applicable. Broadly, this course will cover five topics: infectious diseases, oral single and multiple swellings, odontogenic cysts, odontogenic neoplasms and non-tooth related jaw bone lesions. The conditions discussed range from reactive to benign to malignant. The course will also cover non-tooth related jaw pathology, including benign fibro-osseous lesions, benign and malignant neoplasms. The goal of this course is to cover the most common diseases in children while giving dental practitioners the tools to recognize the full range of presentations, including the challenging unusual clinical presentations, of such conditions. In this course, the audience will see diseases that look benign but are, in reality, not so benign. They will also see cases that look aggressive but are benign. The spectrum of clinical presentation is wide but the approach to diagnosis is logical and consistent. Clinicians will leave this program with ample applicable knowledge necessary to improving the everyday practice of diagnosing oral diseases in children.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and treat the most common oral infections in children.
  • Determine which lesions need to be biopsied and which do not.
  • Exercise clinical judgment in assessing lesions.
  • Discuss the latest technology oral cancer treatment in children.
  • Formulate an applied differential diagnosis specific to each disease.
  • Recognize common odontogenic and bone pathology in children.


Dolphine Oda is Professor of Oral Pathology at the School of Dentistry, University of Washington, and the director of the UW’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Dr. Oda is on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In 2013, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Oral Cancer Foundation for over 30 years of service to oral cancer patients. In 2009, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the UW’s highest honor for outstanding teaching, and has been awarded an additional 30 teaching awards within the School of Dentistry. Dr. Oda’s research interests include molecular changes in oral carcinogenesis and HPV and oral cancer. She has 78 papers published in refereed journals and publishes a popular monthly column called Case of the Month. Dr. Oda is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and holds a Washington State dental license.

Libby Kutcipal is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice in Seattle. She was trained in oral surgery through the University of Washington and had additional training in pediatric oral surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was employed by Seattle Children’s Hospital for eight years and entered full time private practice in 2016. She has presented at the AAOMS meeting, the AAPD meeting and various study clubs. Dr Kutcipal enjoys the outdoors in Seattle and can often be found on her floating home or on hiking trails with her two dogs.


  • Drs. Oda and Kutcipal have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Mountaineers Club
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

This course is designed for specialists, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until the Wednesday before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Friday – Until February 28, 2018 (after, $25 more)
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

CREDITS: 7 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.