Pathology consults

Consultations can be conducted in three ways.

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 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.

Referring practitioners will receive a detailed letter containing a summary of findings, differential diagnosis and management recommendations. Patients or their insurance carriers will be billed directly for these services. You may refer your patient by having them call (804) 628-6637 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 you on the next business day. 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

Pathology consults

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

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Diagnostic Service
VCU School of Dentistry
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566

Phone: (804) 828-1778
Fax: (804) 828-6234