Division of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences

Participating Faculty

The OMDS faculty have been specifically trained to serve the oral and maxillofacial diagnostic, consultative, and patient care needs of both general practitioners and specialists. With nearly a century of combined experience, they are committed to an accurate, timely diagnosis and quality patient care. The OMDS faculty look forward to the opportunity to serve their colleagues and their patients and are always available to answer questions and receive comments.

K. Mark Anderson, DDS, MS

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Odontology
  • Email: kander20@uthsc.edu

Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry in 1989. After eleven years in private dental practice, he entered his residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology. Dr. Anderson completed this training and received an M.S. in oral biology in June 2003. He immediately returned to the University of Tennessee, where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences. Dr. Anderson is co-author of a textbook chapter on oral diseases and has published papers in his area of interest, virally-induced neoplasia. He is also interested in the various oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS.

Yeshwant B. Rawal BDS, MDS, MS

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Email: yrawal@uthsc.edu

Dr. Rawal completed his dental training in 1986 and pursued and completed advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in 1990. Since then he has been teaching and practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at universities in India and at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. He advanced his training and experience further by completing another residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He joined the department of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Tennessee Health Science Center in July 2005. He has about 15 scientific publications and he is particularly interested in salivary gland and soft tissue tumor pathology.

Werner H. Shintaku, DDS, MS, MS, FICD

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Certificate, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Fellow, International College of Dentists
  • Email: wshintak@uthsc.edu

Dr. Shintaku is an Associate Professor and is the Director of Imaging Sciences of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry, Department of Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Medicine. Dr. Shintaku received his dental degree in 1998 and Master of Science (MS) degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology (OMFR) in 2004 from the University of Sao Paulo School of Dentistry, Brazil. In 2009, he received a specialty degree in Oral Diagnosis from the Brazilian Dental Board. In 2007, he joined the prestigious Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology graduate program of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and received his certificate in 2009 and MS in 2010. Currently, Dr. Shintaku is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and practicing OMFR. He has given several presentations and continuing education courses at national and international meetings and has published multiple articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals. His areas of interest are the applications of advanced imaging modalities in dentistry, bony tumors and diseases of the TMJs. Dr. Shintaku is the recipient of two awards given by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology recognizing him as one of the most promising faculty/dental educator in OMFR.

Harry H. Mincer, D.D.S., Ph.D.

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Odontology
  • Email: hmincer@uthsc.edu

Dr. Mincer graduated from the University of Tennessee, Memphis College of Dentistry in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. After an honorable discharge Dr. Mincer was in private practice in Memphis and then was a United States Public Health Service Fellow in Pathology from 1961-65. In 1966, Dr. Mincer joined the faculty of UT Memphis College of Medicine and Dentistry as an Assistant Professor. While at the University he has earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in experimental pathology as well as becoming board certified in oral and maxillofacial pathology and forensic odontology.

Dr. Mincer is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and a Professor in the College of Dentistry’s Department of Biologic and Diagnostic Sciences. He is the author of more than 50 journal articles and has presented scores of continuing education courses and invited presentations. Dr. Mincer’s major interests lie in oral cancer and premalignant lesions as well as forensic dentistry.

Shokoufeh Shahrabi-Farahani, DDS, MS, DMSc

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Email: sfarahan@uthsc.edu

Dr. Shahrabi-Farahani graduated from Dental School of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services in 1996 for DDS degree. After graduation, she entered a 3-year residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology for MS degree at the same dental school. Since 1999 she has been teaching Oral Histology/Embryology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and also practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Dental School of Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran. For further training and experience, she entered Advanced-graduate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts in 2009 and received DMSc degree in Oral Biology in 2013 and immediately joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry as an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Medicine. Dr. Shahrabi-Farahani has published some papers and her fields of interest are vascular biology, oral cancer and angiogenesis, histopathologic aspects of cosmetic dermal fillers, salivary gland, and soft tissue/bone pathology.

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Oral and Maxillofacial
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Room C-309 Dunn Bldg.
Memphis, Tennessee 38163

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