Continuing Dental Education

CE1912: Oral Pathology Bootcamp with Surgical Considerations

Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS and Libby Kutcipal, DDS

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Course Description

This course is taught by two experienced clinicians. One, an oral surgeon who is an expert on treatment and patient management; the second, an oral pathologist who is an expert on diagnosis of oral diseases. Their combined experience results in a course that discusses the full spectrum of the diagnoses, treatment and post-treatment of oral diseases afflicting the adult population.

This course will cover the most important and common oral diseases, as well as some uncommon but problematic conditions, of soft tissue and bone. The main topics of the course include: diseases of the surface epithelium, focusing on early detection of oral cancer; single oral swellings such as gingival and palatal swellings, focusing on salivary gland pathology; pigmented lesions of the mouth; and infections such as candidiasis, and HPV. Immune-mediated diseases will also be covered, as well as other conditions that may cause generalized oral ulceration and sloughing. This category includes lichen planus, mucous membrane pemphigoid, erythema multiforme, drug-induced oral ulceration, and oral manifestations of systemic diseases. Part of this course will be dedicated to bone pathology. We will discuss both unilocular radiolucencies, such as oral cysts and cancer metastasis, and multilocular radiolucencies especially odontogenic neoplasms. We will also cover completely radiopaque lesions (single and multiple), and the latter’s association with Gardner’s syndrome.

Every topic will start with a clinical case with a differential diagnosis to be discussed interactively, seeking the most likely diagnosis from the audience. Each case will serve as the basis for an in-depth discussion of the differential diagnosis, clinical presentation, and final diagnosis based on the histology. Treatment will be discussed as well as post-treatment concerns such as recurrence rate and overall prognosis. The audience will be provided with tools to base their judgment on facts and up-to-date standard of care. This is an enthusiastic, energetic course. It will provide necessary information directly applicable to improving the everyday practice of diagnosing oral diseases.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify which lesions need to be biopsied and which do not
  • Recognize oral SCC at its earliest stages
  • Formulate an applied differential diagnosis for each specific disease
  • Discuss oral manifestation of certain systemic diseases
  • Describe HPV in general including immunization
  • Diagnose aggressive odontogenic cysts and neoplasms
  • Pinpoint radiolucent and radiopaque lesions of the jaw


Dr. Elizabeth KutcipalLibby Kutcipal is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Ballard. She went to dental school at the University of Michigan and completed her oral and maxillofacial surgery training at the University of Washington. She went on to spend a year at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital for a Pediatric and Craniofacial Fellowship. Dr Kutcipal worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital for eight years, before moving on to a private practice in Seattle. She has always had an interest in oral pathology, and is amazed at what oral pathology walks into her office on a daily basis. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and is heavily involved in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Seattle-King County Dental Society. Outside of work, she enjoys backcountry skiing and walking her two large dogs.

Dr. Dolphine OdaDolphine Oda is Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 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. She is also a member of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and USCAP.

Course Logistics

Friday, October 18, 2019

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

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

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

TUITION – price includes lunch
Until October 16, 2019 – after, $25 more
$189/Team Member (dental hygienist, dental assistant, office staff)
$260/Current Dues Paying UW Dental Alumni Member

7 hours

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


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