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Renowned Oral Pathology Expert Passes Away

Joan Andersen Phelan, RDH, MS, DDS, co-author, with Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, of the popular textbook Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist With General Pathology Introductions, now in its seventh edition, passed away after a prolonged illness in January.

Joan Andersen Phelan, RDH, MS, DDS
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Joan Andersen Phelan, RDH, MS, DDS, co-author, with Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, of the popular textbook Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist With General Pathology Introductions, now in its seventh edition, passed away after a prolonged illness in January. Professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at New York University (NYU), Phelan was key in raising the department’s profile to one of the most highly regarded in the United States. Phelan spent three decades at NYU, dedicated to the education of her students, and she was honored with the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest teaching honor. A board-certified oral pathologist, Phelan was dedicated to the study and teaching of oral medicine, especially the clinical manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus infection.


From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2018;16(3):10.

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