Oral Pathology

For over 45 years, UConn Health has been home to the only continuous Oral Pathology Biopsy and Clinical Service in the State of Connecticut. Our providers are board-certified surgical pathologists and clinical diagnosticians. We review approximately 4,000 surgical specimens annually. Our oral pathologists are Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (ABOMP), Fellows of the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and have extensive training in the clinical, radiographic, and histological interpretation of lesions occurring in the oral/head and neck area. Because of their educational focus, specialty training, and experience, our oral pathologists are able to apply relevant clinico-pathologic correlations to help ensure accurate diagnoses and recommendations for disease management based in contemporary standards of care. Significantly, as members of an academic medical center we provide you and your patients an oral diagnostic service based in the latest research and innovations in health care.


Our Services

Oral Pathology Biopsy Service

Our service will promptly review and interpret your biopsy samples. Tissue specimens submitted to us are processed by the CAP certified histotechnology team housed in the Anatomic Pathology and Cytology Services suite. This allows us to provide a broad range of tissue diagnostic services including conventional histopathologic interpretation, histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and immunofluorescence analyses. Our goal is to provide timely, accurate and reliable diagnoses to assist you in providing excellent care for your patients.

Submitting Specimens

We provide our contributors with tissue preservation and transport supplies at no cost. We provide and offer prepaid USPS flat-rate priority mailers for delivery of surgical biopsy specimens. Special transport medium for specimens requiring immunofluorescence testing is also available at no cost to you. Please contact Ms. Rosetta McKinney, the Oral Pathology Service Manager, at 860-679-3333 or fax us at 860-679-3765, and we will provide the necessary supplies for your specimens and assist in making arrangements for their submission. We participate in most major insurance plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid. A complete list is available upon request.

Biopsy Reporting/Consultations

Diagnoses are generally made within 5 days of the specimen’s arrival in our laboratory, and will be automatically faxed to your office. Upon request we will email copies of reports directly to your office. Once you have received the pathology report, our pathologists are available for further consultation or to discuss management options and follow-up care. We also provide diagnostic consultations for second opinions on microscopic glass slides from other hospitals or labs. Please use the biopsy service form provided.

Clinical Oral Pathology Service - Consultations/Referrals

Drs. Eisenberg and Natarajan see patients on referral for clinical diagnostic evaluation and management of lesions of the oral mucosa and jaws. Appointments for clinical consultation/evaluation can be made by faxing a completed referral form from the dentist or physician’s office to University Dentists: Fax 860-679-3765; Phone 860-679-3170. Please ensure that the form contains the patient’s contact information. Once the fax is received, patients will be contacted promptly to arrange for an appointment. Please use the consultation referral form provided.

Educational Contributions

Since its inception, the UConn Oral Pathology Service service has played a vital role in the pre- and postdoctoral educational programs of the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and the Graduate School. Our pathologists contribute actively to educational programs at UConn, in Connecticut and nationally. The clinical and biopsy services have served as a reference laboratory for key intra- and extramural collaborative research efforts. The corresponding research projects have not only contributed significantly to the expansion of the body of knowledge of oral diseases, but have also served to forge ongoing productive collegial relationships between UConn and other institutions committed to patient care, research and lifelong learning.

Our Team

Ellen Eisenberg, D.M.D.

Ellen Eisenberg, D.M.D.


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Easwar Natarajan, B.D.S., D.M.Sc.

Easwar Natarajan, B.D.S., D.M.Sc.


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Contact Us

Biopsy Service

Please contact Ms. Rosetta McKinney, office manager, to obtain supplies and prepaid mailing supplies. She will also be happy to provide additional information or answer questions about our service.

Phone: 860-679-3333
Fax: 860-679-3765

Biopsy Submission Form

Clinical Oral Pathology Service

For clinical consultations with Drs. Eisenberg or Natarajan, call 860-679-3170. Completed clinical consultation forms with patient contact information may be faxed to 860-679-3765.

Clinical Consultation Form