Thursday, April 4, 2019

Course Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of common lesions such as recurrent aphthous ulcerations, lichen planus, and dysplasia.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Recognize ulcerative conditions of the oral cavity

• Explore proper mechanisms for treating patients ulcerative conditions

• Learn when to treat and when to refer patients with ulcerative conditions

• Recognize precancerous conditions affecting the oral mucosal tissues

• Discuss the etiology of dysplasia and squamous cell carcinoma (SCCa)

• Discuss traditional SCCa of the oral cavity

• Explain the clinical ramifications of HPV-associated SCCa compared to non-HPV-associated SCCa

Ashley Clark, DDS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas at Houston (UTHouston) School of Dentistry. She obtained her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Indiana University and her certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from The University of Florida. Dr. Clark worked at West Virginia University (WVU) as an oral pathologist and lab director before joining UTHouston. While at WVU, she opened an interprofessional, free oral cancer screening clinic for which she was nominated for The Early Career Innovator Award. At the UTHouston, she is course director for all undergraduate oral pathology classes, Immediate Past President of the Faculty Senate, and has been nominated for the John Freeman Award for Outstanding Non-Clinical Teaching. Dr. Clark was the author of the 2014 oral pathology section of the Dental and Dental Hygiene Decks and currently consults for a new national study guide designed for the integrated format of the board examinations. Dr. Clark has over 30 published papers and abstracts, is part of the biopsy service at UTHealth School of Dentistry, and is currently accepting patients for her clinical oral pathology practice at UT Dentists.

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