“Oral Pathology: From Differential Diagnosis to Biopsy”

10/30/2021 Saturday

7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Marriott San Diego/Del Mar, CA

8 CE Units

California Dental Board


Course Description/Outline

Course Description: This is an 8 hour CE course designed to include lectures and interactive participant group discussion. The focus of this course is to expose general dentists, dental specialists, and medical colleagues to a wide variety of head and neck conditions while focusing on the more commonly occurring disease processes that involve the oral cavity and craniofacial bones. Diagnostic mimickers and clinical pathology pitfalls encountered in patient management will also be discussed. 

Course Objectives: At the completion of the course, participants should have a strong understanding of the principles of oral disease, oral cancer, and current trends in Oral and Maxillofacial pathology. The participant should understand the parameters of a thorough head and neck exam, identify potential disease, and form a reasonable differential diagnosis based on the clinical findings. The participant should be able to contribute in the case management of the patient and enhance the delivery of appropriate primary oral health care.


Dr. Sahar Mirfarsi 
“Suspicious/Pre-Malignant Lesions, Detection, Proper Comprehensive Head/Neck Exam” 
Dr. Lee Slater 
“Common Oral Lesions” 
Dr. Brenda Nelson 
“Odontogenic and Bone Lesions” 
Dr. Gretchen Folk 
“Developing a Differential Diagnosis/Interesting Cases” 
Dr. Brenda Nelson 
“Lesions of Infectious Etiology” 
Q & A 



Gretchen S. Folk, DDS, MS – Dr. Folk received her DDS from the University of Washington in 1998 and completed her Oral Pathology residency training at the Naval Dental School in Bethesda, MD and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Upon graduation, she also received a MS degree in Oral Biology from George Washington University.  In 2004, Gretchen joined the pathology department at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she also served as Department Head of Anatomic Pathology.  Dr. Folk is a regular guest lecturer at Loma Linda University.  She is currently the laboratory director at Scripps Oral Pathology.  


Lee Slater, DDS, MS – Dr. Slater graduated from UCLA School of Dentistry in 1975.  He received his Master’s degree in Oral Pathology from Indiana University in 1982.  During his career in the US Air Force he served as a staff pathologist in the Department of Oral Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC for 7 years.  Dr. Slater has been a staff oral pathologist at Scripps Oral Pathology Service in San Diego since 2000.  He is also a lecturer in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.  

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Brenda Nelson, DDS, MS – Dr.  Brenda Nelson received her DDS from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Great Lakes Naval Base. As a Naval Officer, she has been stationed in many locations throughout the world.  In 2002 she completed her training in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology in Bethesda, MD, and awarded a Master’s degree from George Washington University. She served on the faculty at the Naval Post Graduate Dental School and adjunct professor at The George Washington University. She is the author of many journal and text book publications on diagnostic pathology of the head and neck. Dr. Nelson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Fellow of the Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and a member of the Head and Neck Society of North America.  

Sahar Mirfarsi, DDS – Dr. Sahar Mirfarsi grew up in Los Angeles, CA attending California State University, Northridge.  She attended UCSF for her Dental Degree and the VA in San Francisco for a GPR.  She served as a Clinical Professor at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and as a Staff Dentist at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Maternal, Child, Adolescent Center for Infectious Disease and Virology.  She has lectured at UCLA in the Department of Oral Diagnosis, Medicine and Orofacial Pain.  At the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine (UPENN) she completed a residency in Oral Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine.  She is currently a full-time faculty, Assistant Professor, and Co-Coordinator of Advance Oral Diagnosis Workgroup at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine.  She maintains a private practice in Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain in Mission Viejo, CA where she focuses on the management of oral mucosal disorders, salivary gland dysfunction, and TMD and facial pain. 

Course Credits

This course is approved for 8 units from the California Dental Board and AGD-PACE

Course Fee  

Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch is included

Doctors:  $350     Hygienist: $150    

Venue Information

Marriott, San Diego/Del Mar is conveniently located minutes from Torrey Pines State Beach and Torrey Pines State Reserve. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Torrey Pines Golf Course, upscale shopping and a 20 min drive north from the San Diego International Airport (SAN) on Interstate 5.  October temperatures are very mild ranging in the 60-70 degrees  during the day.  There is easy access to many of San Diego’s attractions and culinary spots.

Things to do with the family:

  -Sea World – 20 min drive
  –San Diego Zoo – 20 min drive
  -Balboa Park Museum/Science Center – 20 min drive
  -Legoland – 15 min drive
  -Wild Animal Park – 30 min drive
  -Disneyland – 1 hr drive
  -Wine Country – 45 min drive


Marriott San Diego/Del Mar, CA

11966 El Camino Real

San Diego, CA 92130
Tel: (858) 523-1700

To make your reservation with the Marriott: (858) 523-1700

Meeting Room Rates: Use Code “VY3”