Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

The Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Unit of the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology performs diagnostic evaluations of specimens from the oral and maxillofacial regions. These specimens include both bony and soft-tissue lesions from adult and pediatric patients.

Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology - Pathology and Cell Biology

The unit provides a full range of diagnostic services for biopsy specimens collected at dentist and physician offices throughout the New York tristate area. Each case receives a comprehensive evaluation, including a review of medical history and pertinent radiographic images. When indicated, immunohistochemical and molecular diagnostic assessments are performed in conjunction with a routine histopathology review aimed at providing information regarding possible additional therapy and overall prognosis. In addition, we offer second-opinion consultation services, reviewing slides prepared elsewhere. 

Dr. Elizabeth Philipone and Dr. Scott Peters are fellows of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and board-certified diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. They also hold interdisciplinary appointments as associate professors of the Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Unit at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University School of Physicians & Surgeons. Together, they have extensive expertise in the field and provide comprehensive diagnostic interpretations and consultations.

Dr. Philipone and Dr. Scott Peters are also experts in the clinical management of patients with a variety of mucosal conditions and are adept at conducting proper head and neck examinations, performing mucosal biopsies, and providing proper treatments.

Contact Us

Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Specimen Shipping/Drop-Off

Oral Diagnostic Biopsy Service
630 W. 168th Street,
PH15 West Room 1562
New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 305-4599
Fax: (212) 305-5958


  • Elizabeth M. Philipone, DMD

    • Division Director for Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology; Associate Professor of Dental Medicine in Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Scott Peters, DDS

    • Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine Oral Pathology at CUMC