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Richard C. Jordan, DDS, PhD, FRCPath

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Selected Publications

  • Kong CS, Cao H, Kwok S, Nguyen CM, Jordan RC, Beaudry VG, Attardi LD, Le QT. Loss of the p53/p63 target PERP is an early event in oral carcinogenesis and correlates with higher rate of local relapse. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2013 Jan; 115(1):95-103. PMID: 2321754

  • Gillison ML, Zhang Q, Jordan RC, Xiao W, Westra WH, Trotti A, Spencer S, Harris J, Chung CH, Ang KK. Tobacco Smoking and Increased Risk of Death and Progression for Patients With p16-Positive and p16-Negative Oropharyngeal Cancer. Journal of clinical oncology: official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2012 Jun 10;30(17):2102-11

  • Jordan RC, Lingen MW, Perez-Ordonez B, He X, Pickard R, Koluder M, Jiang B, Wakely P, Xiao W, Gillison ML. Validation of Methods for Oropharyngeal Cancer HPV Status Determination in US Cooperative Group Trials. Am J Surg Pathol. 2012 Jul;36(7):945-954

  • Van Loon K, Gill RM, McMahon P, Chigurupati R, Siddiqi I, Fox L, Damon L, McCalmont TH, Jordan RC, Wolf J. 20q- clonality in a case of oral sweet syndrome and myelodysplasia. Am J Clin Pathol. 2012 Feb; 137(2):310-5.

  • Chaturvedi AK, Engels EA, Pfeiffer RM, Hernandez BY, Xiao W, Kim E, Jiang B, Goodman MT, Sibug-Saber M, Cozen W, Lui L, Lynch CF, Wentzensen N, Jordan RC, Altekruse S, Anderson WF, Rosenberg PS, Gillison ML. Human papillomavirus (HPV) and rising oropharyngeal cancer incidence in the United States. J Clin Oncol 2011 Nov 10;29(32):4294-30

    Chung CH, Zhang Q, Hammond EM, Trotti AM, Wang H, Spencer S, Zhang H-Z, Cooper J, Jordan RC, Rotman MH, Ang KK. Integrating EGFR Assay with Clinical Parameters Improves Risk Classification for Relapse and Survival in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2011 Oct 1;81(2):331-8

  • Antonescu CR, Katabi N, Zhang L, Sung YS, Seethala RR, Jordan RC, Perez-OrdoƱez B, Have C, Asa SL, Leong IT, Bradley G, Klieb H, Weinreb I. EWSR1-ATF1 fusion is a novel and consistent finding in hyalinizing clear-cell carcinoma of salivary gland. Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2011 Jul;50(7):559-70

  • Chung CH, Dignam JJ, Hammond ME, Klimowicz AC, Petrillo SK, Magliocco A, Jordan RC, Trotti A, Spencer S, Cooper JS, Le QT, Ang KK. Glioma associated oncogene family zinc finger 1 expression in and metastasis in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma treated with radiation therapy (RTOG9003) J Clin Oncol.2011 Apr 1;29(10):1326-34

  • Ang KK, Harris J, Wheeler R, Weber R, Rosenthal DI, Nguyen-T PF, Westra WH, Chung CH, Jordan RC, Lu C, Kim H, Axelrod R, Silverman CC, Redmond KP, Gillison ML. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Survival of Patients with Oropharynx Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jul 1;363(1):24-35

  • Jones K, Jordan RC*. Patterns of second-opinion diagnosis in oral and maxillofacial pathology Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2010

  • Professor of Oral Pathology, Pathology and Radiation Oncology


I feel fortunate to have joined this group of outstanding dermato- pathologists. I believe that my training, experience and expertise in oral and maxillofacial pathology expands the scope and breadth of services that we are able to offer the medical and
dental community for their diagnostic pathology needs.

I initially trained as a dentist at the University of Toronto that was followed by an internship at the Toronto Western Hospital (now the University Health Network). Following training in anatomic pathology I completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology under the direction of Dr. Jim Main. I also completed a fellowship in oral medicine and then a Master of Science degree in oral pathology. I was fortunate to be able to train with Professor Paul Speight at the University of London were I was awarded a PhD degree in Experimental Pathology. My first faculty position was at the University of Toronto where I practiced oral pathology and oral medicine and developed a research program in oral cancer.

In 2000 I relocated to the University of California San Francisco and have been director of the oral pathology service since 2004. I have published over 130 peer reviewed publications, many invited reviews and I am the author of two leading textbooks, one in oral pathology
(Regezi, Sciubba and Jordan. Oral Pathology: Clinical pathologic correlations 6th ed) and the other in oral medicine (Lewis and Jordan. Color Handbook of Oral Medicine 2nd edition).

I am also the Medical Director (working with Dr. Nilsa Ramirez and Dr. Soon Paik) of the NRG Oncology Biospecimen Bank that is based in San Francisco, Columbus OH and Pittsburgh PA supporting phase II and phase III practice changing therapeutic trials for head and neck, breast, colorectal, lung, prostate and brain cancers. Enrolling 5099 patients each year, this biospecimen bank collects, stores, reviews and distributes over 150,000 biospecimens each year as part of the primary trials and translational research.

I am delighted to contribute to the UCSF Dermatopathology and Oral Pathology Service
and enjoy providing a high level of diagnostic pathology and expert opinion for clinicians and pathologists for lesions in the head and neck.

Speaking Events:

January 26, 2016 Why Oral Pathology Matters in Dental PracticeContinuing Dental Education at UCSF. San Francisco, CA

January 23, 2016 23rd Annual International Symposium in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Stratification and Management of Salivary Gland Tumors.

October 19-22, 2015 Scientific Symposium Dermatopathology in Paradise. HPV and Head and Neck Cancer. Epithelia Dysplasia: Grading and Clinical Impact. Odontogenic Cysts and Tumors. Panel: Oral Pathology. Big Island, HI

April 16-19, 2015: Dermpedia 2015.
"Common Areas of Interest for Dermato-pathologists and Surgical Pathologists: Infectious Disease, Oral, Vulvar and Ophthalmic Mucosal Pathology, Melanoma, Critical Diagnoses in the Hospital Setting" Scottsdate AZ

Dec. 2-6 2014: California Society of Pathologists: "Review of Interesting and Problematic Oral & Head and Neck Pathology" and "Diagnostic Problems in Surgical Pathology". San Francisco, CA


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