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Dolphine Oda, BDS, MSc

Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery



Dolphine Oda is Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the director of the UW’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Dr. Oda is also on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In 2009, she became the second faculty member in the history of the School of Dentistry to be inducted into the UW’s prestigious Teaching Academy.

Dr. Oda’s research interests have spanned various topics over the years. They have included epithelial (oral, pancreatic, and gallbladder) cell carcinogenesis, cell culture, human papillomavirus and oral cancer, and chemical carcinogenesis. She has over 70 peer-reviewed publications. For the last ten years, she has authored the popular online series Case of the Month, an interactive monthly publication that aims to provide dental practitioners with up-to-date information about various forms of oral pathology that they are likely to encounter in their practices. Her research has been funded through grants from several agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and CHIRON. In 2013, Dr. Oda will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Oda also has an extensive and highly distinguished record in teaching and public scholarship. She was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the UW’s highest honor for outstanding teaching, in 2009. She received her first School of Dentistry teaching award in 1987 and has since been awarded 27 annual teaching awards within the School as of 2013. She was also the recipient of the School of Dentistry’s Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002. Dr. Oda has designed and taught 14 predoctoral and postdoctoral courses on a regular basis for the School of Dentistry since 1986, including the standard two-quarter second-year survey of oral pathology for dental students taught annually. In addition, she has taught over 130 separate courses and over 120 lectures to public dental practitioners throughout Washington State and beyond, including Alaska, Utah, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Chile, and Venezuela. She has also frequently taught lessons to elementary and middle-school students on a volunteer basis.

Dr. Oda received her BDS from the University of Baghdad in 1975 and her MSc in Surgical Pathology from the University of Manitoba, School of Medicine in 1981. She has also trained in oral pathology at Indiana University School of Dentistry. She brings over thirty years of experience in reading biopsies to the UW’s Biopsy Service in addition to her exceptional history of service to the regional dental community.

Clinical Interests

  • Oral Cancer
  • Bone Pathology
  • Vesiculobullous Diseases

Research Interests

  • Oral cancer molecular and genetic alterations and treatment
  • Tobacco carcinogenesis and antioxidant role in prevention of oral carcinogenesis in vitro tissue engineering