TOPS Faculty Biosketches

Michael A. Kahn, DDS, Chair and Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Department

Dr. Kahn is Chairman and a tenured professor of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the department’s Divisions of Education and Professional Services and Laboratory Director of Tufts Oral Pathology Services. He completed his residency training in oral and maxillofacial pathology at Emory University School of Dentistry after having served as a general dentist both in the U.S. Army and in private practice.He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pathology at Temple University’s School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Kahn accepted a position at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry where he spent 14 years, during which he was promoted to full professor with tenure, served as director of the oral and maxillofacial pathology services and received the Health Science Center’s Excellence in Teaching Award on three occasions.He has authored more than 50 articles in professional journals and a dental therapeutics books and has given more than 350 presentations and continuing education courses locally, regionally and nationally. He is a fellow of the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Kahn is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Contact Dr. Kahn at (617) 636-6510 or michael.kahn@tufts.edu.


J. Michael Hall, DDS, MABMH,  Assistant Professor

Dr. Mike Hall is an assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hall graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1980 and after completing a general practice residency at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City, he practiced general dentistry for four years. Dr. Hall then earned a three-year oral and maxillofacial pathology certificate at Emory University School of Dentistry (Atlanta, GA) in 1987 whereupon he held academic positions at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Medical College of Georgia (Augusta); and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Dr. Hall has published in the medical and dental peer-reviewed literature on a variety of pathology subjects and remains active in research with a special interest in bone tumors of the jaws. He has also given numerous invited lectures and presentations at conferences. Dr. Hall recently earned a Masters degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.

Contact Dr. Hall at 617-636-6545 or James.Hall@tufts.edu.

Tanya A. Wright, DDS, Assistant Professor

Dr. Wright is a 2001 graduate of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and subsequently completed her 3-year oral pathology residency training, in 2004, at New York Hospital Medical Center, Queens, New York. Upon completion of her training and attainment of Fellowship and board-certified Diplomate status, Dr. Wright was a full-time assistant professor at Meharry and served in 2008-09 as interim Chair of the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences. She was very active in teaching and earned a student choice award by the Dental Class of 2010. Dr. Wright has also given numerous invited lectures and continuing education courses and was selected to be a member of the 2007 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning.  Dr. Wright’s research interests included basic research in salivary gland malignancies and salivary diagnostic testing.  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.

Contact Dr. Wright in DHS646 or at Tanya.Wright@tufts.edu.