Oral Pathology

Specimen examination

Dalhousie's Oral Pathology Laboratory provides diagnostic histopathology and cytology services to dentists practising throughout the Atlantic provinces and Canada. The laboratory receives and processes more than 700 specimens each year.

Oral pathology faculty members in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences examine and diagnose all specimens. The Oral Pathology Laboratory employs one histotechnologist and one laboratory assistant for routine histology, immunohistochemistry, and special procedures.

The laboratory also supports student and faculty research into the underlying causes of oral diseases and investigations into biocompatible biomaterials.

How to submit a specimen

For information about biopsy kits, cytology kits, specimen shipping, and technical support, please contact histotechnologist Ashley Kervin at opbs@dal.ca.  

To submit a specimen, prepayment is required. Please use this link to complete your payment. Include a printed copy of your receipt with your submitted specimen.

More information

Please contact Michelle Harris (michelle.harris@dal.ca), administrative assistant, if you experience any difficulties with your account.

For any other concerns or additional information regarding any aspect of the oral pathology biopsy service, please contact Dr. Lisa Johnson (lisa.johnson@dal.ca), laboratory administrator and consulting oral pathologist.