Setareh Lavasani

Personal Information

Name : Stare Lavasani

Address:309 E. 2nd St Pomona, CA 91766 USA 

Country: USA

Phone: 001 4244654400


Education and training

Dr. Setareh Lavasani is a board certified oral & maxillofacial radiologist. She is a full time Associate professor and the director of oral radiology and advanced imaging at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California, USA. 

Dr. Lavasani graduated from Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) in the United Arab Emirates in 2005 with a Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery (DDS). Upon graduation, she moved to the United States and in 2007 she joined the preceptorship program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMFR) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). At the end of her preceptorship program, she was accepted to the OMFR specialty residency program. She started the OMFR residency in July 2008. In December of 2013 she received her Certificate of Specialty Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. 

In 2014, she received her master’s degree in biomedical sciences from UTHSCSA. In the same year, she started her academic career as a faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California with the rank of Assistant professor. In January of 2015, after finishing all the required didactic and clinical trainings and successfully completing both parts of the certifying exam of the American board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, she received the prestigious “Diplomate” status from the American Board of OMFR, which is the highest professional honor of competence in the oral radiology specialty. 

As the only Oral Radiologist in college of Dental Medicine (CDM) at Western University of Health Sciences she is in charge of oral radiology didactic content creation, presentation and assessment of the entire Radiology curriculum and oversees Oral Radiology preclinical and clinical education, planning, coverage and management. Dr. Lavasani is the chief Oral Radiologist at Western University Patient Care Center’s 3D CBCT Imaging lab and Interpretation center and maintains a busy CBCT referral practice at College of Dental Medicine with onsite and offsite clinical consultation services. She is an active member and contributes extensively to different WesternU committees (Radiation safety committee, PCC Radiation Officer) and CDM standing committees (curriculum management committee, curriculum design and integration committee, International Dentist program admission committee) and Ad hoc committees (Clinical Privileging committee). She is a member of board of directors at the Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA). 

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Dr. Lavasani is the awardee of the 2019 WesternU college of dental medicine’s “Distinguished Faculty Member Award” that recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to vision and mission of the college and university. She is also one of the 2019 honorees of the exclusive group of America’s top 40 specialist below 40 years old; ”40 under 40” published by Incisal Edge magazine in Manhattan, NY. She has also been recognized as the faculty of the month by ASDA at WesternU for her teaching style and her role in encouraging students to think analytically. 

She has presented lectures and hands on courses on multiple oral radiology topics in more than 50 national and International scientific meetings and is a frequent presenter at the California Dental Association (CDA Anaheim and San Francisco, 2016-19) and UCLA School of Dentistry AEGD residency program. She has been an invited speaker for continuing education courses at UCSF school of Dentistry (UCSF Alumni weekend, 2019), UOP school of Dentistry (TMJ multidisciplinary mini residency program 2018), Loma Linda (Guardians of the oral cavity, 2018) and UCLA (Applications and interpretation of CBCTs for dental implants 2017-18). Internationally, she has lectured in different continents including U.A.E (Dubai), Lebanon (Beirut), and Egypt (Cairo, *scheduled). 

Dr. Lavasani is the co-author of multiple journal research articles and textbook chapters including the first interactive digital Oral Radiology textbook; “Fundamentals of Oral Radiology” which is available on iTunes and iBooks and a book chapter on Principles of Radiographic Interpretation in the book titled “Oral Surgery for Dental Students” (Main author Dr. Jeffery Elo) . She is an associate editor for the Journal of The Lebanese Dental Association (JLDA) and a distinguished reviewer for the OOOO (Quad O) journal. She is also a dental textbook reviewer for Theime publishers in New York. 

Outside of CDM, she has an active role in multiple standing committees at the American academy of oral and maxillofacial radiology (Organizing committee AAOMR, Co-Chair of Sponsorship and Commercial Exhibition committee, Pre doctoral committee, research and technology committee, Private practice committee, Social committee), American Dental Educator’s Association(ADEA) and Tri-county Dental Society. She has been a session chairperson and a member of the judging panel for scientific poster presentations at multiple national and international scientific meetings including her role as multiple session’s chair at the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology annual session (2018) and AEEDC Dental Conference in Dubai (2018) , which is one of the largest dental conventions in the world and, the Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) annual meeting (2017) in southern California. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s cancer research hospital and has presented charity Continuing education (CE) courses organized by American Academy of General Dentistry in honor of St. Jude where proceeds were donated to the cause.

Scientific Editorial Affiliations

2016- Present Associate Editor, Journal of the Lebanese Dental Association, JLDA 

2016- Present Scientific reviewer, OOOO, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology Oral 

Radiology Journal. 

2016- Present Dental Textbook reviewer, “Theime” publishers, New York 

2014- Present Editorial Board member, International Journal of Dentistry & Oral 

Sciences, IJDOS. 

Research Articles, Case Reports and Poster Activities

2018 An overview of soft tissue calcifications in the parapharyngeal area of 2D And 3D dental images, Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) September 2018 Monthly case report. 

2018 “Incidental” finding in CBCT scan for implants, with major clinical Significance. Poster presentation at the GDIA Symposium, June 2018. 

2017 Identification of interproximal caries using panoramic bitewings and Intraoral bitewings, a pilot study. Texas Dental journal, June issue, 2017. 

2017 Radiographic findings of fibrous dysplasia and Paget’s disease. Online Publication in “The bonding Agent” which is the student run newsletter for The American student dental association (ASDA), California district. 

2017 “Incidental” finding in CBCT scan for implants, with major clinical Significance. Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) September 2017 Monthly case report. 

2016 Presentation of a novel “Radicular” Odontoma with root aggregation. Journal of Oral and maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine and Pathology, volume 29, issue 5 

2016 The significance and frequency of retromolar canals, a review. In progress: Manuscript is submitted to Journal of General Dentistry for publication. 

2009 Clinical and radiographic manifestations of Goldenhar syndrome, Poster Presentation at the AAOMR Annual session, American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Chicago, USA. 

Book Chapter Pubblications

2017 “Oral Surgery for Dental Students: A Quick Reference Guide”, author of the Oral Radiology chapter “Essentials of Radiographic interpretation: A Dentist’s guide to analyzing Dental images”. Published by Theime publishers New York. Author Dr. Jeffery Elo. 

2016 ”Oral Radiology Fundamentals”, author of the chapter “Principles of Radiation Biology”. This book is the first interactive Digital radiology textbook (E-book) now available in Apple Books. It is A Collective effort by faculty of multiple national and international Dental Schools. Main audience is dental students and hygiene students. 

Honors and Awards

2019 Honoree of the exclusive and prestigious America’s best 40 Dental specialists under 40 called “40 under 40”. Awardees are carefully selected by a panel of independent dental experts at Incisal Edge magazine in Manhattan. New York. 

2016 “Faculty of the Month”, Awarded by Association of Student Doctors of America (ASDA) for excellence in Academics and mentorship, WesternU Chapter, Pomona, California.