Oral Pathology Evaluation Service

The oral pathology service at the Janeway Dental Clinic in collaboration with the Health Sciences Centre provides diagnostic histopathology and cytology services to dentists practicing throughout the Atlantic provinces and Canada. Specimens are examined and diagnosed by Dr. Firoozeh Samim, an oral medicine/oral and maxillofacial pathologist.

For each specimen submission, an oral pathology report is returned to the contributing clinician. Dr. Samim is available to discuss reports, supporting superior patient care.

How to submit a specimen

A biopsy fee of $100 CAD includes the standard processing of the soft tissue or hard tissue biopsy specimen, staining, and immunohistochemical studies as required, and a report. Payment may be made by cheque or credit card and the submitting clinician will be billed directly.

Each biopsy needs to be submitted with a completed REQUISITION FORM, which can be downloaded at the following link:


Please ensure that the specimen bottle is labeled with the following:

  • Patient’s full name *
  • MCP number
  • Site of the biopsy
  • Dentist’s name

* Confirm that the patient’s name matches exactly with the name provided on the requisition form.

Please ensure that the biopsy specimen is placed promptly into the formalin fixative in the specimen bottle, and that the bottle is securely closed. Place the specimen bottle in the provided plastic bag with zip-lock seal, wrap the requisition form on the outside of the plastic bag, and place the specimen package in the provided mail container for shipping.

Please use the provided address for shipping:

Janeway Dental Clinic – Oral Pathology
300 Prince Philip Drive.
St. John’s, NL A1B 3V6

Transport of the specimens is the responsibility of the submitting doctor. Specimens may be sent by Canada Post Priority Courier or other courier services.

Consultation on slides from hospital pathology departments

Please submit all the case materials, slides, block and reports via mail, fax or email to:

Janeway Dental Clinic – Oral Pathology
300 Prince Philip Drive.
St. John’s, NL A1B3V6
Phone: (709) 777-4353
Fax: (709) 777-4171
Email: dentistry@easternhealth.ca