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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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OLP News

College of Dentistry home showing Rees honored

The Oral Lichen Planus Support Group's own Dr. Terry Rees has been honored by Texas A&M College of Dentistry with an endowed chair.

Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the $1 million Dr. Terry Rees Endowed Chair in Stomatology will continue to advance patient care, education and research in stomatology at the College of Dentistry.

Well over 8,000 patients have benefited from the specialized care of the college's Stomatology Center, of which Rees is a founder. "We deliver potentially life-saving diagnoses and procedures for patients and want to be sure that continues,” says Rees.

Read more about our Dr. Rees in the College of Dentistry's newsletter, Dentistry Insider.

Image of amalagam by Carol Perkins, RDh, BAOur Dr. Nancy Burkhart discusses a trend among patients who have been diagnosed with lichen planus. Many patients want to know if removing dental amalgams will assist in improvements with oral lichen planus or their general health.

Read the full article from Vol. 38, Issue 2 at the RDH website. RDH the national magazine for dental hygiene professionals.

- Image of amalagam by Carol Perkins, RDh, BA

nancy-award.pngDrs. Rees and Burkhart are the 2017 award winners - recipients of the International Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation Dental Professional of the Year Award.

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Lichen planus, which affects less than two percent of the general population, is an uncomfortable and chronic condition characterized by lesions that affect the skin and mucous membranes.

International experts weigh in on the effectiveness of treatments for lichen planus during Texas A&M College of Dentistry’s International Oral Lichen Planus Support Group webcasts, which are hosted by Dr. Terry Rees, professor of periodontics and director of the College of Dentistry Stomatology Center, and Dr. Nancy Burkhart, adjunct professor of periodontics.

Lichen planus sufferers and their families can join the discussions. Check back for future webcasts and recordings.

The IOLP Support Group Webcasts & Webinars

Dr. Ross KerrSpecial Guest: Dr. A. Ross Kerr

This webcast occurred on 11 May 2016 at 12:00 Noon CDT.

A. Ross Kerr DDS, MSD
Clinical Professor
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine
New York University College of Dentistry
Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine
Immediate Past President, American Academy of Oral Medicine

Watch this Webcast On Demand

The webcasts are typically available 1 - 2 weeks after the live session on our Webcasts page. 

Passed Webcast guests include:

Dr. ChallacombeSpecial Guest: Dr. Stephen Challacombe

Dr. Challacombe was born and raised in Bury St Edwards, Suffolk England, the birth place of the Magna Carta. He has served as Head of Oral Medicine & Pathology at Guys, Kings & St Thomas’ Medical and Dental School, Kings College London and as Dean for External Affairs KCL Health Schools,Consultant in Diagnostic Microbiology & Immunology to Guys & St Thomas Hospitals; Chair, KCL Board for Global Health and twice as vice dean of the dental Institute. These positions, of course reflect only a very small component of his many years of service to medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Challacombe has authored or co-authored seven text books and over 220 peer reviewed papers and 160 other publications on a variety of topics relative to diseases of the oral cavity with emphasis on immunity, immunology, microbiology and other aspects of oral diseases and disorders. He has been awarded millions of pounds in funding for 49 major research grants and He was instrumental in creating an Oral Disease Severity Score technique which allows only for assessment of the severity of oral diseases at presentation, but also for assessment of patient response to treatment. This scoring system is often used in evaluating the results of treatment of oral lichen planus.

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The webcasts are typically available 1 - 2 weeks after the live session on our Webcasts page. 

Goals for the Support Group

  • To serve as a resource for patients, family members and practitioners

  • To address concerns and to offer emotional support individually as well as through a group effort

  • To serve as a central resource by providing accurate, current information

  • To promote significant research efforts

  • To serve as a referral system world-wide for other university based dental schools and facilities that are knowledgeable in the treatment of oral lichen planus

OLP Information & Live Discussions

We will be having periodic discussion room dates which will be listed on the page as they are scheduled. Additionally we will publish new information on oral lichen planus as well as other health-related materials. Please check this page periodically for new dates and new educational materials.

We hope that you find this resource beneficial. Please continue to make suggestions to us and let us know how we can meet your needs.

Please feel free to participate with us in this online process, as well as with others interested in this important topic, by emailing questions or comments to Dr. Nancy W. Burkhart.

Dr Nancy W. Burkhart is an adjunct associate professor and educational consultant in the Department of Periodontics College of Dentistry. Texas A&M College of Dentistry is a component of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.

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Philosophy of The Support Group

The Oral Lichen Planus web site began in 1997 with the formation of the site and an email address for Dr. Burkhart to correspond with patients and practitioners. Since that time, we have added other features to enhance the site and we have increased our discussion sessions.

The philosophy of the site is to provide educational materials and individual support to patients with the disorder through a self-help concept. The individual patient is perceived as a member of the larger group that comprises the worldwide oral lichen planus patient population.

Purpose of the Web site

The educational material provided on the site is intended to assist the patient, family members and the practitioner in obtaining correct information regarding oral lichen planus. The information provided on the IOLPSG is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.


All material received on our web site is treated as confidential and is not shared with any third parties. Only those directly involved with the web site have access to the e-mails, addresses or any other personal information. Both Dr. Terry Rees and/or Dr. Nancy Burkhart review and answer e-mails directly.

In the event that an e-mail is shared with another party, such as a healthcare provider, permission is first obtained from the person who contacts us. Information in the form of e-mails and surveys are moved into separate files and treated confidentially.

Advertising Policy:

The IOLPSG is a non-profit organization and we do not operate through advertising or promotion of any specific products. Any products that are recommended are based solely on proven data of the success of the product and its use in the treatment of oral lichen planus. Our recommendations are subject to change based on new research and on new products that may become available or those that may assist more fully in treatment. We do not accept advertising or sponsorship of any dental products in exchange for advertising or promotion of a particular product.