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Oral Cancer

ROSS KERR, DDS, MSD
Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

EXPERTISE:
Oral cancer: causes, early detection, and treatment; tobacco use and oral cancer.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Former Director, Oral Cancer Consortium of New York and New Jersey.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Adjunctive Techniques for Oral Cancer Examination and Lesion Diagnosis: A Systematic Review of the Literature." Journal of the American Dental Association (2008).

"Disparities in Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Survival Among Black and White Americans." Journal of the American Dental Association (2006).

"Taking Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer Awareness to the Next Level." Global Health Nexus (2005).


BRIAN SCHMIDT, DDS, MD, PhD
Director, Bluestone Center for Clinical Research; Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

EXPERTISE:
Symptom management and care of oral cancer patients.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Former Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology Fellowship; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program; and Vice Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, all at the University of California, San Francisco.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Infection Following Treatment of Mandibular Fractures in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Seropositive Patients." Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1995).

"Future Directions for Pain Research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery."Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2005).

"Molecular Biology and Clinical Behavior of Oral Cancer." Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America (2006).


DAVID L. HIRSCH, DDS, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

EXPERTISE:
Salivary gland cancer; oral cancer reconstructive surgery.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Director of Fellowship Program in Oral and Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstruction, Bellevue Hospital Center.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Congenital Neck Masses." Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America (2008).

"Basal Cell Adenocarcinoma of the Parotid Gland: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature." Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2007).


JOHN G. DOLAN, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Orthodontics

EXPERTISE:
Facial construction following surgical resection.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Winner, National Collegiate Inventors Competition Graduate Division Award, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, for a device to quantify the effectiveness of analgesics in animal models of head and neck cancer.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Impairs Oral Function in a Mouse Model." Journal of Dental Research (2005).

"The Dolognawmeter: A Novel Instrument and Assay to Quantify Nocieption in Rodent Models of Orofacial Pain." Journal of Neuroscience Methods (2009).


JOSEPH GUTTENPLAN, PhD
Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology

EXPERTISE:
Carcinogenesis (the process by which normal cells become cancer cells); mutagenesis (the process by which genetic information changes); cancer prevention; DNA damage.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Member, editorial boards of Mutation Research and Nutrition and Cancer; Session Co-Chair at 2010 Meeting for the American Association for Cancer Research; invited speaker at the 2008 Charles Heidelberger Symposium at the NYU Langone Medical Center; member, scientific advisory group to the 2006 World Trade Association Panel on Hormone-Treated Beef.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Heat Shock Protein 90 Inhibitors Suppress Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor-Mediated Activation of CYP1A1 and CYP1B1 Transcription and DNA Adduct Formation." Cancer Prevention Research (2008).

"Estrogen Mediation of Breast Tumor Formation Involves Estrogen Receptor Dependent as Well as Independent, Genotoxic Effects." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2009).

"The Organoselenium Compound 1, 4-phenylenebisselenocyanate Inhibits Benzo[a]pyrene-induced DNA Adduct Formation, Cyclin D1 and PCNA in Mouse Tongue." Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2009).

"UVR Exposure Sensitizes Keratinocytes to DNA Adduct Formation." Cancer Prevention Research (2009).


PETER G. SACKS, PhD
Professor of Basic Sciences and Craniofacial Biology

EXPERTISE:
How precancerous cells become malignant.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Principal investigator on a five-year, $1 million-plus NIH grant awarded in 2002 for research on the characteristics of precancerous lesions in the mouth that allow them to outgrow normal cells and become malignant.

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PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS:
"Cortactin Overexpression Regulates Actin-Related Protein 2/3 Complex Activity, Motility, and Invasion in Carcinomas with Chromosome 11q13 Amplification." Cancer Research (2006).

"Microarray Gene Expression Profiling of Cell Lines from Primary and Metastatic Tongue Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Possible Insights from Emerging Technology."Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine (2005).

"Genetic Abnormalities Associated with Nodal Metastasis in Head and Neck Cancer." Head & Neck (2004).