Dr. Carl M. Allen joined Central Ohio Skin and Cancer in 2016 as an oral and maxillofacial pathology consultant.

Oral and maxillofacial pathology is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the clinical and microscopic diagnosis of diseases of the mouth. Dr. Allen sees patients who are usually referred by dentists and physicians for evaluation of mouth conditions that are difficult to diagnose or treat. These problems include certain infections, growths, precancerous conditions, tumors, sores, and other oral or jaw abnormalities. Sometimes, these problems require a biopsy. Oral tissue samples are sent to our laboratory, where Dr. Allen examines the tissue microscopically. Surgeons may contact our office for information regarding biopsy mailing kits for our practice.

After 36 years of teaching, Dr. Allen retired from the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology at the Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, and was named Professor Emeritus. 

Dr. Allen received his DDS from Ohio State in 1975, and trained in oral and maxillofacial pathology at Indiana University, where he earned his MSD, from 1978 to 1980. He returned to OSU in 1980 as a faculty member, an active clinician and a participant in the biopsy services offered by the university.

He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology since 1983 and was elected to two 3-year terms (1994-2000) as Editor of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Allen was President of the AAOMP in 2004, and served as a Director of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from 2005-2012.

Dr. Allen has published over 120 refereed articles in dental and medical journals, and has written chapters dealing with oral disease for texts in the fields of otolaryngology, microbiology, dermatology and surgical pathology. One of his more significant contributions is as a co-author and co-editor of the textbook, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology by Neville, Damm, Allen, and Chi, now in its fourth edition.