Diagnostic Sciences

Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Chair: John W. Shaner, DMD, M.S.

The Diagnostic Sciences faculty and staff are responsible for 20 courses in didactic, laboratory, preclinical and clinical settings that provide dental students an education in oral diagnosis, oral medicine, oral pathology, general pathology, radiology, oral hygiene, behavioral science aspects of patient care, management of medically complex patients, patient assessment and temporomandibular disorders.  These courses provide the knowledge base and clinical experiences to support the following clinical competencies:

  • Data Collection and Diagnostic Decision Making
  • Therapeutic Decision Making and Treatment Planning
  • Case Presentation and Documentation Skills
  • Communication and Relationships with Patients
  • Prevention
  • Self-Directed Learning

Oral Medicine Clinic and Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Imaging Services

In addition to educating dental students and staffing patient care, the faculty and staff provide clinical specialty care through the Oral Medicine Clinic, which is available for referral from the community healthcare providers and a CBCT Imaging service that supports dental school patients and local referrals.

Faculty

Teena T. Beehner, RDH

Assistant Professor

Helping patients with fear and anxiety, Helping educate students about domestic violence, child abuse, mental illnesses, patients with special needs and cultural diversity, Xerostomia

402.280.4523

Douglas K. Benn, M.Phil., DDS, Ph.D.

Professor

Caries Diagnosis, Computer-based automated caries risk assessment and treatment planning

402.280.5025

Hardeep K. Chehal, DDS

Assistant Professor

Oral manifestations of systemic diseases

402.280.5645

Joseph V. Franco Jr., DDS

Assistant Professor

Diagnostic Sciences

402.280.5124

Angela C. Ritchie, DDS

Assistant Professor

Diagnostic Sciences

402.280.5601

Kevin P. Ryan, DDS

Assistant Professor

Forensic Odontology

402.280.5192

Leslie True Sanders

Assistant Professor

Geriatric Oral Care, Periodontology

Donal Dwyer Scheidel, DDS

Associate Professor
Director of Dental Continuing Education

Dental Public Health, Dental Materials

402.280.5229

John W. Shaner, DMD, MS

Associate Professor
Department Chair

Cariology, Fluorides, Temporomandibular Disorders, Head and Neck Cancer, Sleep-disordered Breathing

402.280.4579

Timothy F. Walker, DDS, M.S.

Assistant Professor

Temporomandibular Joints, Occlusion, Sleep-disordered Breathing, Imaging

402.280.5954

Special Faculty and Contributed Services Faculty

jeroldburesh [at] creighton [dot] edu (Jerold J. Buresh, DDS)

drnataliefrost [at] gmail [dot] com (Natalie A. Frost, M.S., DDS)

sjhess [at] creighton [dot] edu (Stephen J. Hess, M.S., DDS)

kalinjohnson [at] creighton [dot] edu (Kalin L. Johnson, Ph.D.)

michael5558 [at] hotmail [dot] com (Michael E. Knauss, DDS)