Who we are

WVU Dental diagnostic sciences team.Oral diagnosticians are specialists in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology who utilize clinical, microscopic, radiographic skills and apply their diagnostic expertise to render diagnosis of diseases in the oral and maxillofacial region.

Why we’re here

Oral cancer is one of the top 10 cancers affecting men and women worldwide. Each year, pathologists diagnose 27,000 new cases of oral cancer. Annually, 5,500 people die from oral cancer.

What we do

As oral diagnosticians (oral pathologists and oral radiologists), we use our respective skills to diagnose oral and maxillofacial diseases, including head and neck cancer, and advocate measures to prevent conditions that affect oral cavity. Our expertise also includes evaluating, understanding, diagnosing, and exploring the oral effects of systemic conditions.

The West Virginia School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences reviews and provides results for dentists and patients, eliminating the need for samples to be sent out-of-state and added to a lengthy waiting list for diagnosis.

LOCATION: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences
1 Medical Center Drive (Health Science Center North)
Morgantown, WV 26506

Ashok Balasundaram, DDS

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Interim Chair; Radiologist
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Michael Hnat, DMD, DABDSM, DABCDSM

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Clinical Assistant Professor
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