Consultative services

Oral pathologist examining sample

The VCU Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences offers clinical consultative services so that patients with difficult diagnostic or therapeutic problems may be referred for examination.

The goal of these services is to provide a diagnosis and to suggest therapy rather than to assume management of the patient. In certain instances, however, the staff will participate in long-term management and patient recall if requested by the referring practitioner.

Consultations can be conducted in three ways:  Patient referral, phone or email, or by biopsy submission.

Refer the patient to us

The examination will be performed by an oral and maxillofacial pathologist experienced in clinical oral diagnosis. Examples of problems for which we are prepared to offer consultation include: chronic oral ulcers, desquamative conditions, red/white lesions, pigmented lesions, burning mouth syndrome, xerostomia, and tumor-like masses.

Another aspect of the service includes consultation regarding modifications of dental therapy to be offered patients who have significant or complex medical problems. Included among these patients are those receiving chemotherapeutic agents or radiation therapy, and patients with serious cardiac, respiratory, liver or kidney diseases.

Patients or their insurance carriers will be billed directly for these services. You may refer your patient by having them call (804) 628-0310 and asking for an oral pathology consult appointment.

Consultation by phone or secure email

Leave your name, phone number and email address with us – an oral and maxillofacial pathologist will call or email you. This type of consultation is useful if you have a case you wish to discuss with someone but you do not need to refer, or if you wish to talk to an oral and maxillofacial pathologist before you decide whether or not to refer.

If you have the ability to send secure or encrypted email, you can also send photographs to us directly.  If your email does not contain any personal health information or sensitive data, you may send a standard email to us.

Contact us

John A. Svirsky, D.D.S., M.Ed.
Email: jasvirsk@vcu.edu

James C. Burns, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.Ed.
Email: jcburns@vcu.edu

Sarah H. Glass, D.D.S.
Email: glasssh@vcu.edu

Biopsy submission

Order biopsy kits and follow the instructions for the "Request Tissue Examination" form.