Dr. Kitrina Cordell
Dr. Kitrina Cordell was featured on episode 32 and 33 of the Dental Digest Podcast. Dr. Cordell is responsible for educating students in all levels of training in both clinical and didactic settings. She is an active participant of the LSU Oral Pathology Biopsy Service and works in the Faculty Dental Practice diagnosing and treating patients with oral pathology needs. She is the Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry.
Dr. Cordell received her DDS (99) and MS (02) in oral and maxillofacial pathology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the faculty at LSU, Dr. Cordell was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan where she also served as director of the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service.
Dr. Cordell has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and serves as a reviewer for several journals as well. Dr. Cordell is member of the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology, a tripartite member of the American Dental Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.
Exerpt from one of her recent publications, Black and Brown: Non-neoplastic Pigmentation of the Oral Mucosa: “Black and brown pigmentation of the oral mucosa can occur due to a multitude of non-neoplastic causes. Endogenous or exogenous pigments may be responsible for oral discoloration which can range from innocuous to life-threatening in nature. Physiologic, reactive, and idiopathic melanin production seen in smoker’s melanosis, drug-related discolorations, melanotic macule, melanoacanthoma and systemic diseases are presented. Exogenous sources of pigmentation such as amalgam tattoo and black hairy tongue are also discussed. Determining the significance of mucosal pigmented lesions may represent a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. Biopsy is indicated whenever the source of pigmentation cannot be definitively identified based on the clinical presentation.”