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A Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Overview of Head and Neck Cancer: Oral and Oropharyngeal Diagnosis and Treatment

November 01, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

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This full-day, multi-disciplinary program reviews the histopathologic and clinical features of head and neck cancer with relevance to practicing general dentists and dental specialists. The course will discuss key diagnostic features of premalignant and malignant lesions of the oral and maxillofacial region. It will also review surgical procedures and radiation therapy in management of early and advanced head and neck cancer.

You Will Learn

  • Review of head and neck anatomy
  • Anatomical boundaries of the head and neck, and role of lymphatic pathways in relationship to cancer of the head and neck
  • Surgical options in treatment of various types of head and neck cancer
  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Identify the etiopathogenesis of oral, head and neck cancer
  • Identify various management modalities including surgical, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or combination of these in treatment of head and neck cancer
  • Discuss available dental treatment plan options for head and neck cancer patients

Who Should Attend

Dentists and allied dental professionals are encouraged to attend this informative program.

Tuition: $245 Dentists; $185 Allied Dental Professionals (includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning)
Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Check-in: 8:30 am
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF
Credits: This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.


Homer Asadi, DDS, is associate professor and serves as course director of the advanced head and neck anatomy course at Pacific. He has been actively involved in academics, both lecturing and teaching dissection, for 20 years. Dr. Asadi has been recognized and honored for distinguished merit in teaching by dental students. He maintains a private practice in San Jose, CA.

William Carpenter, DDS, MS, is professor and director of the Division of Pathology and Medicine at Pacific. He has lectured nationally for more than 35 years. He holds fellowship and board certification status for both the American Academy of Oral Medicine and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Carpenter served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps for 21 years and retired at the rank of colonel before joining the faculty at Pacific in 1986.

Mark Singer, MD, is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and has practiced head and neck surgery for more than 30 years. His extensive career has been split between academic medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, for the past 15 years and private practice. He has made a number of contributions to the field of head and neck melanoma in reconstruction, rehabilitation and cancer treatment.

Paul Subar, DDS, EdD, is associate professor and director of the Special Care Clinic/Hospital Dentistry Program at Pacific. He received his DDS degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his residency in hospital dentistry at the UCLA Medical Center. In 2009, Dr. Subar received his doctorate in education and professional leadership, EdD, from Pacific’s Benerd School of Education.

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