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Oral Biopsy Service

Offering evaluation and diagnosis of oral lesions for adults and children

SLUCare Pathology offers the St. Louis region’s only oral biopsy diagnostic service, specializing in the evaluation of oral lesions in both adults and children. We provide a local resource to support the work of area dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and endodontists.

As part of an academic medical practice, we offer both a large array of technical resources and a wealth of expertise. Our oral pathology team includes board-certified  oral and maxillofacial pathologists who also see patients in clinic.

Dr. Dan Stoeckel and Dr. Richard Vargo bring their expertise in clinical dentistry into the lab, where it informs their perspective in evaluating tissue under the microscope. The doctors understand the importance of finding answers for patients and will work directly with dental specialists to provide an accurate diagnosis.  For complicated cases, our team can access the technical and professional resources of the entire SLUCare Department of Pathology.

When a diagnosis necessitates additional care, count on our doctors to connect you and your patient with other SLUCare experts, including specialists in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery or Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Diagnostic Services

We offer evaluation and diagnosis of:

  • Oral mucosal lesions
  • Lesions of the jaws
  • Salivary gland lesions

Preparing and Sending Oral Biopsies

The specimens should be placed in the appropriate fixative or transport media (10% formalin for most specimens).  Both the requisition form and the label on the specimen should be filled out completely, accurately and match each other exactly. 

Laboratory Information

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Request Form

Oral Biopsy Requisition Form

Specimen Receipt

Biopsy specimens in formalin can be sent by FedEx. We will provide Michel’s Transport Solution for fresh tissue sent for immunofluorescence. 


Reports are faxed to the clinician’s office upon sign out. For complicated cases or when the diagnosis indicates malignancy, Dr. Stoeckel will reach out to the clinician by phone.

For more information about services and charges, call 314-977-4646.

Contact Information

SLU Department of Pathology
Schwitalla Hall,  4th Floor, Room M430
1402 South Grand
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: 314-977-4646
Fax: 314-977-7879