Diagnostic Sciences

Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Chair:  Dr. Jason H. Goodchild, DMD

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.


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


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


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


Hardeep K. Chehal, DDS

Associate Professor

Oral manifestations of systemic diseases


Joseph V. Franco Jr., DDS

Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Clinics

Diagnostic Sciences


Jason H. Goodchild, DMD

Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Anesthesia & Pain Control, Dental Materials, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Pharmacology, Treatment of Medically Complex Patients


Angela C. Ritchie, DDS

Assistant Professor

Diagnostic Sciences


Cynthia C. Russell, DDS

Associate Professor

Diagnostic Sciences, General Dentistry


Kevin P. Ryan, DDS

Assistant Professor

Forensic Odontology


Leslie T. Sanders, RDH

Assistant Professor

Geriatric Oral Care, Periodontology

Donal Dwyer Scheidel, DDS

Associate Professor
Director of Dental Continuing Education

Dental Public Health, Dental Materials


Timothy F. Walker, DDS, M.S.

Assistant Professor

Temporomandibular Joints, Occlusion, Sleep-disordered Breathing, Imaging


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)