UW School of Dentistry

Oral Pathology Biopsy Service welcomes Dr. Yeshwant Rawal

Dr. Yeshwant Rawal, a board-certified oral pathologist with more than 25 years of experience, has joined the University of Washington Oral Pathology Biopsy Service (OPBS), Dr. Dolphine Oda, the service’s director, has announced.

Dr. Yeshwant Rawal
Dr. Yeshwant Rawal

“I am delighted to have Dr. Rawal join our team,” said Dr. Oda, Professor in the Department  of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the UW School of Dentistry. She said that Dr. Rawal was selected after a nationwide search and noted that his experience encompasses diagnostic clinical pathology and histopathology. He joins the OPBS as Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The OPBS, established in 1948, is Washington state’s only service specializing exclusively in oral and maxillofacial pathology, offering diagnostic and slide consultation to doctors and dentists. It serves nearly 900 practitioners as well as hospitals and surgical pathology laboratories throughout the Pacific Northwest. Its services include standard tissue processing and staining, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, immunocytochemistry and genetic testing.

The OPBS has been averaging 6,000 new cases a year and in most instances issues reports within 24 hours after receipt of a specimen. Dr. Oda said that she anticipates that the OPBS could handle as many as 9,000 new cases a year with the addition of Dr. Rawal.

Along with his work for the OPBS, Dr. Rawal will also teach pre-doctoral and post-doctoral UW dental students and will also teach continuing education courses for dental professionals, Dr. Oda said.

“In addition to receiving clinical consults and biopsies for histopathological interpretation, Dr. Rawal welcomes requests for consultation on clinical and biopsy-related issues,” Dr. Oda said.  Clinicians who have not used the service before are also welcome to contact Dr. Rawal to learn about the submission process.  He can be reached at ybrawal@uw.edu or (206) 221-3960.

Dr. Rawal holds advanced degrees in oral pathology from Gujarat University in India and oral biology from The Ohio State University, where he also served a residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology. He also holds appointments at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

He is chair of the American Dental Education Association’s Oral Pathology Section and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Dr. Rawal is co-author of Diagnosis and Management of Oral Lesions and Conditions: A Resource Handbook for the Clinician and has authored or co-authored more than three dozen peer-viewed journal articles, along with several book chapters.

“Dr. Rawal and I continue the School of Dentistry’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service’s commitment to providing excellent oral pathology educational experiences for all of our students and colleagues, along with the highest-quality, most up-to-date diagnostic services possible for our patients,” Dr. Oda said.