Diagnostic Sciences


Steven R. Singer, DDS, Professor
Acting Chair, Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Rafael Benoliel, DDS, PhD, Professor
Director, Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain

Gary M. Heir, DMD, Clinical Professor, Clinical Director
Director, Division of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain

Junad Khan, DDS, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor
Coordinator for Basic Research

Cibele Nasri-Heir, DDS, MSD, Assistant Professor
Coordinator for Clinical Research

Richard A. Pertes, DDS, Clinical Professor
Coordinator Online Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain Course

Sowmya Ananthan, BDS, DMD, MSD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Julyana Gomes-Zagury, DDS, MSD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Stanley Markman, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor

Bruce Sofferman, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor

Davis C. Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Melissa Beards, Program Administrator

Additional Faculty

Harold V. Cohen, DDS, Professor
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Susan Edmond‚ PT‚ DSc‚ OCS, Associate Professor
School of Health Related Professions

Department of Developmental & Rehabilitation Sciences

Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, DMD, Professor
Division of Oral Medicine

Samuel Quek, DMD, MPH, Professor
General Practice Residency Program
Division of Hospital Dentistry

Diane Rigassio-Radler, RD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Nutrition

Riva Touger-Decker, RD, PhD, Clinical Professor
Division of Nutrition

Adjunctive Faculty

Eli Eliav, DMD, PhD, Adjunct Professor

Lesley A. Fein, MD, MPH, Adjunct Associate Professor
Internal Medicine and Rheumatology

Uri Herzberg, MBA, PhD, DVM Adjunct Professor

Jacob R. Messing, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Daniela Sorvillo, LAC
Clinical Instructor

David Yarnitsky, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor

The goals of the Department are:

  • To educate predoctoral and postdoctoral students and to offer continuing education courses to the members of the dental and allied professions in the disciplines of Histology, General, Systemic and Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Diagnostic Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology;

  • To offer a curriculum that will integrate and coordinate the diverse departmental disciplines into a cohesive, sequential pattern of learning;

  • To integrate the social, interpersonal and clinical skills needed in applying diagnostic sciences to patients;

  • To incorporate problem-solving and critical thinking into all facets of the teaching and patient care programs;

  • To teach skills that enable students to be life-long learners;

  • To provide evidence-based service to our patients in a highly ethical, caring environment;

  • To create and disseminate new knowledge.

The diagnostic sciences courses are designed to integrate and apply knowledge in the basic sciences in determining the nature of diseases. Students are trained to recognize deviations from normal and to distinguish among oral diseases. Examination procedures and diagnostic methods are taught to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. These courses include a broad understanding of the principles and applications of ionizing radiation for the diagnosis of orofacial diseases.