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Dugoni School Faculty Lead New Oral Health Lecture Series at Stanford University School of Medicine

January  23, 2012

A new collaboration is bringing together medical and dental professionals in Northern California. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has partnered with the California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA) and Stanford University School of Medicine to spotlight the many connections between oral health and systemic health in a new lecture series.

Medical students and faculty at Stanford's School of Medicine have been invited to six different lectures led by faculty from the Dugoni School of Dentistry. The lecture series, spanning January through June 2012, is being held on the Stanford campus. Sessions are designed to give attendees a helpful overview of what a physician should know about oral health including the link between oral health and certain diseases; dental trauma; considerations of prescription medication; perinatal/maternal oral health; and other topics.

Dr. Hema Patel, an ADA Leadership Fellow, was instrumental in bringing all parties together to launch the special series.

"Our society is diverse today, and our patients are living longer, with complex chronic illnesses," said Patel. "Shared knowledge is vital to enabling improvement in our healthcare system and ultimately serving our patients well. I am thrilled to be able facilitate this series between Stanford and Pacific."

Sessions are led by Dugoni School faculty members Dr. Nasser Said-Al-Naief, director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory; Dr. Paul Subar, director of the Special Care Clinic; Dr. Allen Wong, director of hospital dentistry; and Dr. Douglas Young, associate professor in the Department of Dental Practice.

According to the 2000 Surgeon General's report, good oral health is integral to overall health. Additionally, CDA cites studies which have demonstrated an association between periodontal diseases and cardiovascular disease, stroke, respiratory infections, diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

This special series, hosted by Stanford Oral Medicine & Maxillofacial Surgery, is jointly organized by the ADA, CDA, Stanford University School of Medicine and University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Category Type: Dental Issues and Research, General

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu