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Oral Medicine Clinical Center


513 Parnassus Avenue
Medical Sciences, S-722
San Francisco, CA 94143-0658

Phone number(s):

415-476-2045 415-514-2862 (fax)

Days/hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Attending Faculty:

  • Director: Daniel Ramos, DDS, PhD
  • Caroline Shiboski, DDS, MPH, PhD
  • Deborah Greenspan, BDS, DSc
  • John Robinson, DDS
  • Sivappiriyai (Piri) Veluppillai, DDS, MS
  • Ava Wu, DDS

Other Faculty and clinicians:

  • Don Fisher, DDS
  • Elena Ortega, RDH


The center, which was founded in 1956, comprises several specialty outpatient clinics that provide world-renowned expertise in the diagnosis and management of oral diseases such as:

  • Oral cancer and pre-cancerous lesions
  • Inflammatory muco-cutaneous diseasese.g., lichen planus, pemphigus, pemphigoid
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Aphthous ulcers
  • Infectious diseases
  • HIV-related oral diseases
  • Sjögren's syndrome

Outstanding and efficient biopsy specimen examination through the UCSF Oral Pathology Service

Laser management of oral lesions such as intra-oral warts

Pre-radiation oral health consultation of patients with cancer of the head & neck.

Dental hygiene services, including pre and post head & neck radiation.

Oral medicine consultations for patients in UCSF hospitals.

Special instructions for new patients:

If you belong to an HMO or PPO or other insurance that requires pre-authorization before seeing a specialist, please obtain the authorization before appearing for your visit, even if your dentist is referring you. If a pre-authorization is required by your plan, and you do not obtain it prior to your visit, you will be required to pay for your consultation up front. Please bring all records related to previous treatment of these conditions.

Special instructions for referring providers:

Please send all patient records including clinical presentation and tentative diagnosis.

If the patient has medical insurance, please have the patient arrange authorization prior to their visit. Please include authorizing telephone, fax, and email when possible.

Referral Form:

Click here to download the Orofacial Sciences Clinical Center's Referral Form as an Adobe Acrobat file. (Click here to download the free Adobe Acrobat reader.)

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