Fourth-year DMD student wins first place

Nathan Lee

Nathan Lee, DMD 2017, is the first-place winner of the Canadian Dental Association/Dentsply Sirona Student Clinician Research Program, which provides an opportunity for one dental student from each accredited dental school in Canada to participate in a national clinical research competition. Lee won the competition with his presentation titled “Effectiveness of Cryotherapy for Oral Precancers—A Pilot Study.”

In his presentation, Lee explains that topical treatments for low-grade lesions in the oral cavity are an effective alternative to invasive treatments like surgery. His study found that cryotherapy (freezing) may be used as a first-line treatment for white, hyperkeratotic precancerous lesions, as it has less morbidity and post-operative scarring than surgical methods.

Lee’s faculty advisor was oral pathologist Dr. Catherine Poh, associate professor in the UBC Faculty of Dentistry and a scientist at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. “Nathan is a very dedicated and organized student and this award reflects his devotion and hard work for three consecutive summers,” she says. “With his acceptance to the Oral Medicine and Pathology Residency Program at the UBC, he will continue his passion in research to improve outcomes for oral cancer patients.”

Nathan Lee (R) with other student clinicians.

This year the program was held during the Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting in Toronto, from May 4 to 6, 2017.