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    In 1973, Dr. Albert Abrams and Dr. Raymond Melrose established USC Oral Pathology Laboratory, a biopsy service within the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry. Dr. Janice Handlers joined the Laboratory in 1981.

    In 1997 Drs. Melrose and Handlers founded Oral Pathology Associates, Inc., a private oral pathology biopsy service. Since then, Dr. Handlers retired from USC with full professor status and Dr. Melrose achieved Emeritus Professor status . Currently, they serve as Voluntary Attending Staff at LAC+USC Medical Center, teaching Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents and General Pathology residents.

    Oral Pathology Associates has become one of the largest oral pathology practices in the Western United States. The organization receives and processes approximately 6,000 biopsies each year and has accumulated over 250,000 accessioned specimens. These specimens constitute one of the largest and most well documented teaching and research resources in North America.

    Oral Pathology Associates has an active roster of over 5,000 dental and medical practitioners from 15 states that use the service to provide care for their patients. Total contributors exceed 10, 000 practitioners. These contributors include practitioners of general dentistry and medicine as well as specialists including endodontists, periodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, pediatric dentists, otolaryngologists, and medical pathologists.

    Dr. Audrey Boros is the newest pathologist on staff at Oral Pathology Associates Inc. Dr. Boros graduated near the top of her class at Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. She completed residency at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queen’s, during which time she studied more than 35,000 cases. Prior to attending dental school, Dr. Boros earned a Master’s Degree in Pathology and Molecular Medicine. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, LAC+USC Medical Center and Western University of Health Sciences, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Boros also sees patients in a clinical oral pathology setting in Santa Monica.

    The combined expertise of Drs. Melrose, Handlers and Boros have earned consultantships at, including but not limited to, Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, USC University Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Kaiser Medical Center, and Long Beach Veteran’s Hospital.

    Free biopsy kits are available by calling the laboratory or by visiting oralpathologyassociates.com and ordering online (we apologize in advance for any inconveniences you may experience as we update our website). We look forward to working with you to achieve the best possible care for each and every patient.


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