Scripps Oral Pathology Mini Review/Update 2023

Saturday, May 13, 2023

8:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Hyatt/Tempe Mission Palms,  Tempe, AZ 

4 CE Units

California Dental Board

-54,010 Diagnosed Oral/Oropharyngeal Cancer

-10,850 will die as a result (1.24 deaths/hour)

-66% 5-year survival (higher than other routine cancers)

*American Cancer Society – “Cancer Facts and Figures 2021”

These statistics are mostly a result of late diagnosis.  Death from ORAL CANCER is preventable if it is diagnosed early.  As practitioners and guardians of our patient’s oral health, it is our responsibility to help prevent our patients from becoming part of these devastating statistics.

Course Description

This is a 4 hour CE course designed to be a review and discussion of common oral cancer lesions found in our clinical practices.  Focus will be on oral mucosa red, white, and mixed lesions.  The importance of early detection and treatment modalities will 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 participants should understand the importance of a thorough examination and be able to form a reasonable differential diagnosis based on the clinical findings.  The clinician should then be able to contribute in the case management of the patient and enhance delivery of appropriate primary oral health care.


7:00 – 8:00



   8:00 – 8:15
Curtis L. Chan, DDS – Owner
   8:15 – 9:45
“Common Oral Lesions & Lesions of Clinical Significance”
Lee Slater, DDS, MS – Staff Pathologist
   9:45 – 10:00
   10:00 – 10:15
   10:15 – 11:45
“A Clinical Guide: From Oral Diagnosis to Management of Worrisome Lesions”
Sahar Mirfarsi, DDS – Oral Medicine

 11:45 – 12:00

Q&A, Closing Remarks 

Curtis L. Chan, DDS – Owner


Lee Slater, DDS, MSDr. 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. 

Dr. Sahar Mirfarsi, DDSDr. Sahar Mirfarsi, DDS – Guest Speaker

Dr. Sahar Mirfarsi received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her General Practice Residency (GPR) program at the VA in San Francisco. Besides private practice, she has served as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and a lecturer at UCLA in the Department of Oral 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 clinician and academician at the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Mirfarsi’s clinical expertise includes diagnosing and managing oral mucosal disorders, salivary gland dysfunction, orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, and oral complications related to chemoradiotherapy.

Course Credits

4 Units, Dental Board Of California

Course Fee

Breakfast, Snack included

Doctors – $450     Hygienist/Staff – $225 

Venue Info

Located 3 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l Airport, Tempe Mission Palms is a AAA Diamond rated hotel and part of the World of Hyatt group.  Walk to over 100 shops, restaurants, and galleries.  Just minutes from Arizona State University (ASU).  Lounge at the roof top pool, golf at nearby championship courses, or hike and explore the petroglyphs at Hayden Butte Preserve Park.  Temperatures in May average a high of 93 degrees and a low of 57 degrees.  Don’t expect any rain.


Hyatt/Tempe Mission Palms – 60 E 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

Meeting Room Rate:  $323.21 (Incl. Tax/Service Charges), 1 king or 2 double beds

Room Reservation Tel#: (480) 894-1400 option 1

Meeting Code: “CHEERS”

Online Conference Room Reservations Link