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2023 Oral Medicine Conference

Oral Medicine - Research, Clinical Application, and Beyond

Eastman Institute for Oral Health, Rochester, NY
Virtual Meeting
April 21, 2023

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about current applications of Photobiomodulation (PBM) in oral medicine and dentistry.
  • Review principles of safe use of lasers in dentistry and oral medicine.
  • Understand the impact of radiotherapy to the head and neck on teeth and how to manage it.
  • Be updated about treatment options for oral lichen planus.
  • Appreciate the diagnostic process of challenging Oral Medicine cases.
  • Increase awareness of oral diseases and oral manifestations for systemic diseases.
  • Understand the clinical relevance of hypersensitivity reaction to the oral tissues.
  • Learn the basics of targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and how it affects the oral tissues.
  • Recognize the impact of chronic oral disease on the patient's wellbeing.
  • Apprehend the value of research in oral medicine to patients' health care.

Educational Objectives

  • An overview of contemporary oral medicine for the general practitioner with emphasis on practical implications in the dental setting. 
  • Key topics will include tooth failure and dental caries post radiotherapy, new treatments for oral lichen planus, oral hypersensitivity reaction, basics of targeted therapy and immunotherapy and their oral complications, and the impact of chronic oral diseases on the patient’s well-being.  
  • Likewise, the conference is offering a session on basic laser safety in the dental practice, and updates about the recent advances in photobiomodulation. The course will allow participants to take an exam for Basic Laser Safety.

Conference Chair

Sharon Elad, DMD MSc
Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Medicine
Principal Consultant, Hospital Dentistry
Eastman Institute for Oral Health
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY.


Dr. BrennanDr. Michael Brennan

Michael T. Brennan, DDS, MHS, FDS RCSEd (OM) is currently Chairman with the Department of Oral Medicine/Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center. He is also Professor, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  He has extensive research experience with over 175 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and currently is the co-PI on an NIH U01 grant examining the oral sequela in head and neck cancer patients treated with radiation therapy, the lead coordinating investigator for a phase IIb study pharmaceutical funded study assessing a first in human treatment for oral lichen planus and the site PI of a phase I study to assess gene therapy treatment (via adeno-associated viral vector) in subjects with radiation-induced parotid gland hypofunction and xerostomia.

Dr. StooplerDr. Eric Stoopler

Dr. Stoopler is a Professor of Oral Medicine at Penn Dental Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at S.U.N.Y Binghamton in 1994 and earned his D.M.D. from Penn in 1999. Dr. Stoopler completed a General Practice Residency at the Brooklyn VA Hospital in 2000 and a Fellowship in Oral Medicine at Penn in 2002. Dr. Stoopler is a Diplomate of The American Board of Oral Medicine and The American Board of Special Care Dentistry. Currently, he maintains an active clinical oral medicine practice at Penn Medicine and is a Consultant to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Stoopler is an Editor of Little and Falace’s Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient and a contributing author to Burket’s Oral Medicine.

Dr. DeanDr. David Dean

David Dean is the director of Oral Medicine at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and an associate clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (where he also served as Oral Medicine graduate program director from 2016 to 2022). A lifelong Husky, he completed his BS, DDS, and MSD at UW. 

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral Medicine and a fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the American College of Dentists. Academic honors include the Bruce R. Rothwell distinguished teaching award and the UWSOD Dental Alumni Faculty award.

Scholarship includes an NIDCR-funded R01 assessing the oral impacts of chronic GVHD and co-editing a recent international special edition of Frontiers in Oral Medicine ("Oral Complications in Cancer Patients").

Dr. ConvissarDr. Robert Convissar

Dr. Convissar is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. One of the first dentists to incorporate lasers into general practice, Dr. Convissar has over 28 years of experience with CO2, Nd.YAG, Diode and Erbium wavelengths. The author of over 15 peer reviewed papers and author/coauthor of 6 textbooks on laser dentistry, Dr. Convissar has presented over 300 laser seminars on all 5 continents. He practices cosmetic, restorative, and laser dentistry in New York City, where he also serves as Director of Laser Dentistry at New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens. His textbook, "Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry," now in its 2nd edition, has been the #1 selling laser dentistry textbook in the world for the past 8 years.

Dr. AranyDr. Praveen Arany

Dr. Arany is an Associate Professor of Oral Biology at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He has adjunct appointments in Surgery, Biomedical Engineering, Nursing, and Physical Therapy. He completed a joint PhD-Residency program as a Harvard Presidential Scholar and holds certificates in clinical translational research from Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Health. He pursued additional fellowships at the Indian Institute of Sciences, the National Cancer Institute and Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & Wyss Institute. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles, recipient of numerous awards, and active member of organizations promoting lasers and photobiomodulation (WALT, NAALT, Optica, SPIE). Dr. Arany’s work has been featured in mainstream media such as Fox news, CNN, BBC, and Reuters.


Scientific Program

Earn up to 8 continuing education (CE) credits during this conference. Please visit this site for updates, as program is subject to change.

We look forward to seeing you here!


Session #



8:00-8:05 am




8:05-8:15 am


Opening comments

Dr. S. Elad

8:15-8:30 am

Welcome comments (recorded)
Welcome from the DPBRN

Dr. E. Eliav
Dr. C. Meyerowitz

8:30-9:30 am

Session 1

Updates on photobiomodulation

Dr. P. Arany

9:30 -10:30 am


Basic laser safety

Dr. R. Convissar

10:30-11:00 am

Break & Exhibition

Pearls and Pitfalls in Oral Medicine

The EIOH residents present

Mentored by
Dr. S. Elad

10:30 -10:45 am


Laser safety exam


11:00-11:45 am

Session 2

Tooth Failure and Dental Caries Post RT

Dr. M. Brennan

11:45-12:30 pm

New Treatments for Oral Lichen Planus

Dr. M. Brennan

12:30-1:00 pm

Break & Exhibition

Highlights from recent Oral Medicine conferences

The Sheba Medical Center Oral Medicine residents present

Mentored by
Dr. N. Yarom

1:00-1:45 pm

Session 3

Oral Hypersensitivity Reaction: A Challenging Diagnosis

Dr. E. Stoopler

1:45-2:30 pm

Best Cases - 2 Decades of Clinical Experience

Dr. E. Stoopler

2:30-2:45 pm

Break & Exhibition

The Dental Practice-Based Research Network (DPBRN)

Dr. C. Meyerowitz

2:45-3:15 pm

Session 4

Mab Mib Mub - A Map to Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy
from Oral Medicine Perspective

Dr. D. Dean

3:15-3:45 pm

The Impact of a Chronic Oral Disease on Patients?

Dr. D. Dean

3:45-4:00 pm


Awards and closing comments

Dr. S. Elad

Registration & Payment

Payment of registration fees can be made online via credit card.

Registration will close on April 19, 2023 (2 days prior to the conference).

An email with the links to the conference will be sent to you automatically at the completion of the registration. This email will include an individual link to the zoom meeting of the conference. Please bookmark this email as it will be your "ticket" for the conference. Please note that we cannot guarantee additional individual emails with the link to the conference.

Registration Fee

The registration to the conference allows entrance to the lectures and laser safety exam.

  Registration prior to 2/21/2023 Registration on 2/21/2023-4/19/2023
Dentists and physicians $195 $285
EIOH faculty, dental auxiliaries  $120 $205
EIOH retired faculty and DHs $105 $185
EIOH residents, students, and DAs $40 $50
Residents attending the Medical-Dental Inter-Relationship course (DEN416)* free free
EIOH DHs and DAs taking the laser session and exam only** $15 $25

DHs - dental hygienists, DAs - dental assistants
*Please register online to receive your zoom link to this event; it will not be available on Blackboard.

CE Credit Certificate

The CE credit certificate will be emailed to the email address that was used during the online registration. Please note that the name that you will enter during registration will be used to prepare your CE credit certificate. Therefore, please register with your full first and last name.

Please allow about 3 weeks from the end of the conference to prepare and send out the certificates.

Please note that the zoom link is individual and will be tracking your attendance. The link is not valid when forwarded to others, thus CE credit will be granted only to the registree.

Basic Laser Safety Certificate

A proof of Basic Laser Safety training will be included in the CE credit certificate for attendees that will attend fully the morning session and will pass the basic laser safety exam. This Basic Laser Safety certificate fulfills the requirement for an annual laser safety training in Eastman Institute for Oral Health, URMC, Rochester, NY. 

RDHs and DAs are welcome to attend the laser education and laser safety exam. If RDHs’ and DAs’ registration is limited to this section, the certificate will reflect these activities only (separate from the CE credit certificate for the full day continuous education).

The Basic Laser Safety certificate will be emailed to the email address that was used during the online registration. Please note that the name that you will enter during registration will be used to prepare your Basic Laser Safety certificate. Therefore, please register with your full first and last name.

Please allow about 3 weeks from the end of the conference to prepare and send out the certificates.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be faxed or e-mailed. Refund of registration fee will be as follows:

  • Before Jan. 15, 2023 - 100% refund
  • From Jan. 16, 2023 until Feb. 15, 2023 - 50% refund
  • No refund on cancellations received after Feb. 15, 2023

Registration will only be valid upon receipt of the full payment by the registration department according to the deadline indicated. A confirmation of registration will only be sent after receipt of the required fees.