TOPS Faculty Biosketches

Dr. Mark A. Lerman

bio_lermanDr. Mark A. Lerman is an associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and is the laboratory director of Tufts Oral Pathology Services (TOPS).  Dr. Lerman graduated from TUSDM in 2002 and completed a one-year general practice residency at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After undergoing his oral pathology residency at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, New York, Dr. Lerman joined the full-time faculty at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2006 and was appointed as a junior associate in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Lerman is active in organized dentistry and his specialty’s national academy, and he has multiple publications in the medical and dental peer-reviewed literature on a variety of pathology subjects. Dr. Lerman practices clinical oral pathology at TUSDM and has delivered numerous invited continuing education courses and oral/poster presentations at regional, national, and international meetings and conferences.

Dr. Tanya A. Wright

Dr. Tanya A. Wright is an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wright is a 2001 graduate of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and completed her oral pathology residency in 2004 at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, New York. Upon completion of her training, Dr. Wright was appointed as a full-time assistant professor at Meharry, serving in 2008-09 as interim Chair of the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences. She was selected as a member of the 2007 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning, and she earned a student choice award from the Dental Class of 2010. Dr. Wright is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and she has delivered numerous invited lectures and continuing education courses. Dr. Wright’s research interests include salivary gland malignancies and salivary diagnostic testing.

Dr. Nora Laver

Dr. Nora Laver is an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Tufts University School of Medicine and in the department of Diagnostic Sciences at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Laver is a graduate of the University of the Buenos Aires School of Medicine, Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed a residency in pathology at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC. She then completed a fellowship in cytopathology at Georgetown University Medical Center, and completed Callender-Binford Fellowships in ocular pathology and in oral and maxillofacial pathology, both at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington D.C.  In addition to directing ocular pathology at the New England Eye Center, she has served as Director of Pathology Residency Training, Director of Cytopathology, and Director of Head and Neck Pathology at the same institution. She is a consultant pathologist at Boston Medical Center Department of Pathology and Atrius Health – Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.  Dr. Laver has published over 50 medical peer-reviewed articles and 12 book chapters, has organized two head and neck cancer conferences, and has participated in numerous presentations and continuing education courses locally, regionally and internationally.  Dr. Laver’s training and experience uniquely qualify her to evaluate head and neck pathology specimens.  She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology and cytopathology. She is available for consultation regarding the entire spectrum of head and neck pathology cases, including oral cytology, fine needle aspiration biopsies, tissue biopsies and resection specimens.  Methods include standard histopathology, immunofluorescence studies, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, flow cytometry, PCR, and electron microscopy studies.