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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Gladchuk Bros. Restaurant, Frederick

The Changing Face of Oral Cancer: A Shifting Paradigm in Epidemiology

with Christopher G. Fielding, DDS, MS


2 CE Credits - AGD 730 Oral Pathology

Course Description and Overview


Over 53,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2019.  Oral cancer accounts for approximately 4% of cancer in males and  2% in females in the U.S.A. and  is the 6th most common form of cancer worldwide.  For many years, we defined the oral cancer patient as a heavy tobacco smoker and/or consumer of alcohol.   Oral cancers attributed to these traditional risk factors are on the decline.  The fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population is a younger, human papilloma virus (HPV) positive patient with no or minimal exposure to traditional risk factors.  HPV is the same virus responsible for the majority of cervical cancers in women . HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women will contract the virus genitally and/or orally at some point in their lives.  This interactive, case-based and lecture-format seminar is designed to inform dental practitioners as well as auxiliary staff about HPV-associated  oropharyngeal cancers and other emerging trends in oral cancer epidemiology. From a practical standpoint, addressing  the oral healthcare provider’s  HPV-related literacy has the potential to improve the provider's  HPV-related prevention practices, including expanding patient education about this topic and increasing HPV vaccination knowledge and awareness, ultimately contributing to the reduction of oropharyngeal cancers.

Educational Objectives


At the end of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Have a better understanding of the emerging trends in oral cancer epidemiology.

2. Identify the significance of oral cancer, its prevalence, and overall survival rate.

3. List the causes of oral cancer.

4. Discuss the differences in patient profiles between patients with HPV-related oral cancer and those patients with tobacco/alcohol-related oral cancer.

5. Identify obstacles that impede early diagnosis of oropharyngeal cancer.

6. Discuss the clinical presentation of HPV-related oral cancer.

7. Determine that adjunctive screening tools do not help in identify HPV-related lesions.

Introducing Christopher G. Fielding, DDS, MS


Dr. Fielding presently serves as an Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and practices within the Division of Dermatopathology and Oral Pathology.

He received his DDS from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH  and completed a 1yr AEGD residency at Ft. Benning, GA and a residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethedsa, MD.  He also earned an MS in Oral Biology from The George Washington University.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Fielding spent 30 years on active duty in the US Army Dental Corps retiring at the rank of Colonel and continues to hold an appointment as a Professor in the Postgraduate Dental College of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. 

Dr. Fielding's prior military assignments include: Director of the Advanced Educational Program in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School, Acting Chairman for the Department of Otorhinolaryngic Head & Neck Pathology and Assistant Chair for the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Chief of Forensic Odontology at the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii, and Chief of Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnostic Services at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. and the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft. Gordon. GA. Additionally, Dr. Fielding served as the Consultant to the Army Surgeon General in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and was the Chief Forensic Dentistry Consultant to the Armed Forces Medical Examiner.

Dr. Fielding is a Fellow in the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.