Scripps Oral Pathology 2022 Annual Conference

“Oral Pathology: From Differential Diagnosis to Biopsy”

October 29, 2022 Saturday

8:oo am to 5:00 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. Gretchen Folk 
“Developing a Differential Diagnosis & Pathology Potpourri”
Dr. Sahar Mirfarsi
“Diagnostic and Management Dilemmas With Red, White and Mixed Oral Lesions”    
Afternoon Announcements
Dr. Lee Slater
“Common Oral Lesions and Lesions of Clinical Significance”
Dr. Brenda Nelson 
“Selected Bone Pathology of the Gnathic Bones” 
Q & A 


Gretchen S. Folk, DDS, MS (Laboratory Director)

Dr. Folk received her DDS from the University of Washington. She 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 Master’s degree in Oral Biology from George Washington University. Gretchen then joined the pathology department at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she also served as Department Head of Anatomic Pathology. Dr. Folk has contributed to the head and neck pathology, ENT and oral surgery literature. Currently, she is the Section Editor of the Head and Neck Pathology Journal. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Folk has been a staff pathologist at Scripps Oral Pathology Service since 2006 and is currently the laboratory director.  Her special interests include salivary gland neoplasia and odontogenic and soft tissue pathology. 

Lee Slater, DDS, MS (Staff Pathologist) – 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 has had a relationship with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry for 20 years. 

Brenda Nelson, DDS, MS (Staff Pathologist) – Dr. 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 The George Washington University.  In 2003 she completed a Fellowship in ENT and Endocrine pathology and joined the faculty of the Naval Post Graduate Dental School and The George Washington University.  In 2007 Dr. Nelson moved to San Diego and was faculty and staff at the Naval Medical Center for 15 years.  She is the author of many journal and text book publications, including the recently released third edition of Diagnostic Pathology: Head and Neck. She is a contributor to the World Health Organization’s recent edition of Head and Neck Tumors and Pediatric Pathology.  She is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Head and Neck Pathology, a journal that has over 200,000 international downloads annually. 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 Head and Neck Society of North America.

Sahar Mirfarsi, DDS (Guest Speaker) – Dr. Mirfarsi received her DDS from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her General Practice Residency (GPR) program at the VA in San Francisco. She has served as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant 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. Besides private practice, she has also served as a lecturer at UCLA in the Department of Oral Biology, Medicine, and Orofacial Pain. She completed her Oral Medicine Residency at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine (UPENN). She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. She is currently a full-time faculty, Assistant Professor, and Co-Coordinator of the Advance Oral Diagnosis Workgroup at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Mirfarsi’s clinical expertise includes oral mucosal disorders, salivary gland dysfunction, Orofacial pain, Temporomandibular disorders, and oral complications related to chemoradiotherapy. 

Course Credits: 8 Units

California Dental Board 

Course Fee  

Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch is included

Doctors:  $375     Hygienist: $175    

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”