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From learning all things oral pathology in school we learn to memorise specific pictures in textbooks that we spot in exams and go ‘Yes! I’ve seen this pathology before!’ however when it comes to actually seeing oral pathologies in the mouth, particularly the pigmented lesion, it can get very confusing between what is normal, and what isn’t, particularly as we learn to look at wide ranging demographics of patients when first starting out. With me again is oral medicine specialist Dr Kang, and we look at what things to be aware of when spotting pigmented lesions, and what actions we can take to making sure we are providing essential care to our patients. 

Dr Michelle Kang

Dr Michelle Kang is a board registered Oral Medicine Specialist. Her current roles include: Staff Specialist at Sydney Dental Hospital, Visiting Dental Specialist for Hunter New England LHD, Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead in Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology at Charles Sturt University and works at private practices in Sydney and Newcastle. 

Growing up in New Zealand, Dr Kang completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Otago in 2011. Following graduation, she worked as a general dentist in public and private clinics throughout regional and metropolitan NSW. Dr Kang completed her specialist training through the University of Sydney and graduated with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Medicine). 

Dr Kang has multiple publications in international peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for the European Journal of Dental Education. She is dedicated towards research and was selected to participate in the Research Leadership Training Programme by the World Health Organisation International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO IARC) in 2022.

Her clinical interests include managing oral manifestations of systemic diseases, conditions affecting the salivary glands, oral mucosal diseases (including paediatric patients) and orofacial pain. She is passionate about providing multidisciplinary, integrated patient care and improving the quality of life of patients. 

Outside her clinic/academic roles she enjoys travelling, singing (hoping to join the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs again soon!) and is an adventurous foodie.

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