Diagnostic Sciences

Department of Diagnostic Sciences

ChairJohn H. Purk, DDS, MS, PhD

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.

Joseph M. Bolil, DDS

Joseph M. Bolil, DDS

Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

joebolil@creighton.edu

402.280.4237

Hardeep K. Chehal, BSC, BDS, DDS

Hardeep K. Chehal, BSC, BDS, DDS

Professor

School of Dentistry

hkc60682@creighton.edu

402.280.5645

Jeff F. Clarke, DDS

Jeff F. Clarke, DDS

Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

jeffclarke@creighton.edu

402.280.4352

Grant R. Colling, BS, DDS

Grant R. Colling, BS, DDS

Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

grc78132@creighton.edu

Timothy M. Durham, BS, DDS, MPA

Timothy M. Durham, BS, DDS, MPA

Professor

School of Dentistry

 tmd42455@creighton.edu

402.280.5023

Joseph V. Franco, Jr., BA, DDS

Joseph V. Franco, Jr., BA, DDS

Associate Professor

School of Dentistry

jfr16381@creighton.edu

402.280.5124

Tod A. Knopik, DDS

Tod A. Knopik, DDS

Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

tak85216@creighton.edu

Douglas J. MacDougall, DMD

Douglas J. MacDougall, DMD

Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

dougmacdougall@creighton.edu

Carol M. Murdock, BA, MBA, DDS

Carol M. Murdock, BA, MBA, DDS

Associate Professor

School of Dentistry

  • General Dentistry

cmm66753@creighton.edu

402.280.5271

Niranzena Panneer Selvam, MDS

Niranzena Panneer Selvam, MDS

Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

niransenapanneerselvam@creighton.edu

John H. Purk, DDS, MS, PhD

John H. Purk, DDS, MS, PhD

Professor

School of Dentistry

johnpurk@creighton.edu

402.280.4579

Cynthia C. Russell, BS, DDS

Cynthia C. Russell, BS, DDS

Associate Professor

School of Dentistry

ccr04684@creighton.edu

402.280.5642

Kevin P. Ryan, BS, DDS

Kevin P. Ryan, BS, DDS

Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

kpr25524@creighton.edu

402.280.5192

Kimberly A. Simmen-Hiipakka, DDS

Kimberly A. Simmen-Hiipakka, DDS

Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

kimberlysimmen@creighton.edu

Timothy F. Walker, BS, MS, DDS

Timothy F. Walker, BS, MS, DDS

Adjunct Assistant Professor

School of Dentistry

  • Oral Maxillofacial Radiology

tfw94268@creighton.edu

402.280.5954

Special Faculty and Contributed Services Faculty

jamesdanejohnson [at] creighton [dot] edu (James Dane Johnson)

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

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

RaymondKurowski [at] creighton [dot] edu (Raymond A. Kurowski, DDS)