Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is the specialty of dentistry and pathology which deals with the nature of disease, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. Additionally, it investigates the causes, processes and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral and maxillofacial pathology includes research and diagnosis using clinical, radiographic, microscopic and biochemical examination as well as management of patients.


We offer comprehensive microscopic diagnostic service to clinicians throughout the state of Georgia as well as other states. We also offer consultative microscopic pathology services to hospitals and commercial pathology laboratories. The Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology laboratory, Department of Oral Health & Diagnostic Health Sciences, processes specimens sent to us expeditiously, usually signing out reports within 24 hours of receipt of the surgical specimens after routine tissue processing and staining procedures.

How It Works

Pathology reports are routinely faxed to the referring clinicians as soon as they are ready and signed. The pathologist usually calls the clinician to discuss cases of cancer and other cases with unusual pathological findings.

Our Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology laboratory provides contributing clinicians free biopsy and mailing kits with prepaid postage for return mail which include formalin containers, history forms and details for proper handling and submission of tissue specimens.

For additional information and placing request orders for biopsy kits and for any other services please contact Ms. Dora Hawes or Ms. Regina Hand at (706) 721-2721; or fax request to (706) 721-4937. 

Our Pathologists

Our two board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologists and full time faculty:

In addition to their microscopic services, they can also see referred patients, along with the Oral Medicine Faculty, for clinical evaluation and surgical diagnostic (biopsy) procedures in the clinic and /or accept tissue samples from clinicians for microscopic evaluation. 

Areas of special interests:

  • Oral mucosal precancerous and cancerous conditions, detection through clinical evaluation, biopsy procedures and microscopic diagnostic services
  • Benign mucosal ulcers and growths
  • Cysts and tumors of the jaws and maxillofacial complex
  • Neoplastic and non-neoplastic salivary gland conditions
  • Oral mucosal immune-mediated disorders and conditions associated with dermatologic diseases
  • Head and neck skin disorders and neoplasms

The oral and maxillofacial pathologists in the Department of Oral Health & Diagnostic Sciences in the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University are pleased to offer their expertise to oral and ENT surgeons, dental specialists, general dentists and their patients for clinical consultations and pathologic diagnostic services.


Biopsy Service Forms

Our oral and maxillofacial pathologists offer expertise for clinical consultations and pathologic diagnostic services in oral and ENT surgery as well as general and specialty dentistry.

Contact Us

For Appointments:

  • Phone: 706-721-0406
  • Fax:706-721-4937

Please contact our office for more information.

  • Regina Hand: (706) 721-8491
  • Dora Hawes: (706) 721-8490