Director: Darren P. Cox, DDS, MBA
Co-Director: Leticia Ferreira, DDS, MS
Laboratory Assistant: Nusi Dekker
Coordinators: Seberiana Hernandez, Tessie Arenas
Dr. Cox is Professor of Oral Pathology at the UOP, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry San Francisco, CA and director of the Pacific Oral Pathology Laboratory. He is a graduate of LSU School of Dentistry (’90). After a general practice residency at Loyola of Chicago Medical Center he practiced general dentistry in New Orleans for several years. Dr. Cox completed his residency in Oral, Head and Neck Pathology at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA, in June 2000 and has been a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist since 2001. Previous academic appointments were at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where he also received a masters of business administration degree from the Katz Graduate School of Business in 2004, and at UCSF.
Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Practice
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Dr. Leticia Ferreira obtained her dental degree from the Universidade Federal da Bahia, in Brazil, in 2006. Subsequently, she worked as a general dentist at a private dental clinic for a couple of years.
Dr. Ferreira moved to Dallas in 2008 to start her residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Masters in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M Health Science Center. Dr. Ferreira is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology since 2011. Dr. Ferreira assumed a position as assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in early 2012. While in that position, Dr. Ferreira was the sole oral and maxillofacial pathologist at UMMC School of Dentistry and was involved in the institution's biopsy service and in the didactic and clinical training of dental students and oral surgery residents. Dr. Ferreira joined the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in July 2014 where she is an active participant at the pacific oral and maxillofacial pathology laboratory and is course director of undergraduate and graduate courses. At the national level, Dr. Ferreira is currently the director of the Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis (OTOD) and the secretary of the Oral Pathology Section of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Her research and academic interests include foreign body gingivitis, immunohistochemical and salivary biomarkers for oral cancer, and the use of innovative technologies in dental education.