The Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences brings together the academic foundation and clinical aspects of Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology with innovative basic research programs to provide fundamental knowledge in areas related to oral and craniofacial health sciences. Our diversity situates us in a unique position to enhance interactions between clinicians and basic scientists in order to translate exciting discoveries into outstanding patient care. Our clinical faculty boasts diverse expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of oral and craniofacial diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS and other special needs populations. Our research faculty occupy approximately 20,000-square-feet of individual and shared laboratory space located on the sixth and seventh floors of the state-of-the-art University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) building. The broad research portfolio of our Department is reflected by the various extramurally funded studies with special emphasis on cancer biology and experimental therapeutics, oral microbiology, angiogenesis and skeletal biology and regeneration. We are particularly keen on understanding the implications of systemic diseases on the oral and craniofacial complex.

Our Department works closely with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Department of Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and our Clinical Operation Board to provide superior clinical services. Collaborative research efforts are ongoing in partnership with other Campus units including the School of Medicine Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, Institute of Genome Sciences and Institute of Human Virology as well as the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP). Our faculty members are also actively collaborating with investigators in other leading national and international institutions, including The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Leuven in Belgium.

As part of its strong commitment to excellence in education, the Department participates in several courses directed and taught by our faculty to students in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Dental Hygiene (DH) Programs. Courses are also offered to students in the various post-graduate residency programs at UMSOD, and graduate programs at the UMSOM. We also offer an innovative and unique PhD Program in Oral and Experimental Pathology which complements a residency in Oral Pathology with training in biomedical science research. In addition to mentoring students from the various University programs of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS), our faculty routinely hosts international students and visiting scientists in their laboratories.

For additional information about the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences, please contact Nancy Kamphaus at nkamphaus@umaryland.edu or 410-706-8345.