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ASM19: Does HPV Cause Oral Cancer?

The Ontario Dental Association’s (ODA) Annual Spring Meeting (ASM) is fast approaching. In this conversation, we catch up with ODA ASM speaker Dr. Hagen Klieb, Certified Specialist of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Pathology based in Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Dr. O’Keefe asked him about a question that he frequently encounters from dentists: does HPV really cause oral cancer?

Dr. Klieb received his undergraduate training at McGill University and was awarded the Gold medal for highest overall standing.  He subsequently completed graduate and specialty studies at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Klieb  is a certified specialist of oral and maxillofacial medicine and pathology.  He is a Member of the Royal College of Dentists of Ontario and Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Klieb is a staff clinician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a University of Toronto Hospital, where he holds cross appointments with the Departments of Dentistry and Anatomic Pathology.  He is active in medical and dental post-graduate education and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals (link). He also maintains a private practice in downtown Toronto (Yorkville Toronto Dental Specialists).


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ASM19 Resources


  • Hübbers CU, Akgül B. HPV and cancer of the oral cavity. Virulence. 2015; 6(3): 244-248. ​
  • Mehanna H, Paleri V, West C M L, Nutting C. Head and neck cancer—Part 1: Epidemiology, presentation, and prevention. BMJ. 2010: 341.

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  1. Vasant Ramlaggan April 1, 2019

    Thanks for the great reminders and information Dr. Klieb! Good info on Gardisil 9 too.


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