Dr. John Svirsky Oral Pathology Richmond, VA


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  • Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Career Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
  • Honorary Member, American Academy of Oral Medicine
  • Honorary Member, Hinman Dental Society 

Thursday Courses
Th207 - Come In and Catch It: The Review That Sticks
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

This is the perfect review course covering the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of the 25 soft-tissue lesions that every dentist and hygienist should know and treat appropriately. A number of the entities only require recognition. The classic lesions that have been forgotten since school will be brought back to life, and your diagnostic confidence will be re-energized. Some interesting cases will pop up throughout the course so don’t miss it.

Th504 - For the Fun of It: Human Papilloma Virus in 2022
Time: 2 - 3 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: General    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Human papilloma virus has been in the forefront of successful oral pharyngeal cancer treatment with combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Stage 4 lesions which in the past were not successfully treated have now been put into remission. It is a new world in cancer treatment. The difference between oral and oral pharyngeal cancer in regards to presentation, prognosis, epidemiology and treatment will be discussed. Get ready to learn, laugh and make a difference in the lives of your patients.

Friday Courses
Fr246 - Oral Cancer 2022: Lumps, Bumps and Lesions for All Seasons
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

This course deals with unusual cases, diagnostic challenges, the oral health effects of tobacco products and alcohol, premalignant and malignant lesions, presenting an oral cancer diagnosis to a patient and new diagnostic technique. Tobacco advertising will be exposed and the link between human papilloma virus and oral cancer discussed. Treatment of oral cancer and oropharyngeal cancer will be presented. This course will be presented in Dr. Svirsky’s interactive and entertaining style. Get ready to laugh, learn and make a major difference in the lives of your patients.

Fr263 - Tumors Are Things That Grow Bump in the Night
Time: 1:30 - 4 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

This new course developed for 2022 will cover oral bumps in their entire splendor from pyogenic granulomas to soft tissue malignancies. It will review material that you have forgotten since dental school. Be prepared for a memorable oral pathology experience. In this course we will cover the common and important benign and malignant soft tissue tumors. Neurofibromatosis, multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome and Sturge-Weber disease will make appearances. There will be lots of unusual diseases to which you will be re-introduced.  Get ready to learn, laugh and make a difference in the life your patients. This is the way oral pathology should be.

Saturday Courses
Sa355 - A Patient Can Have as Many Diseases as THEY Pleases
Time: 8:30 - 11 AM
Room: Omni,
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

This new interactive course for 2022 will present a potpourri of interesting cases seen by me or emailed to me over the past few years. In this course, participants learn how to describe a lesion, develop a differential diagnosis and treat the condition. I will show how I approach cases and arrive at a diagnosis. The audience  will help me to diagnose them as I play the patient. Some unusual “things” might pop up!

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a logical approach to the diagnosis of oral lesions
  • Learn to describe and develop a differential diagnosis of various clinical cases 
  • Learn to manage selected oral diseases including human papilloma virus and xerostomia.