Dr. Keerthilatha M Pai


Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology


    As the Dean and Senior Professor with rich academic and administrative experience, she assists and guides in smooth conduct of the institutional and departmental activities.  

    She also :

    • Conducts postgraduate clinical discussions and facilitates guidance towards dissertations and short research projects .
    • Conducts sessional and University examinations for BDS and do paper valuation
    • Provides quality and personalized dental care to patients.
    • Engages in chair side discussions and clinical demonstrations for students and render the state of the art, clinical and diagnostic skills to the undergraduate students.
    • Integrates research in routine job situation.


Subject Semester / Year
Oral Medicine and Radiology Third and Final BDS Part I and MDS


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MDS Oral Medicine and Radiology MCODS, Manipal Mangalore University 1991
BDS GDC, Bangalore University, Bangalore 1987


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, MCODS Manipal Professor and Head of the Department 2001 onwards
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, MCODS Manipal Professor 2000 onwards
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, MCODS Manipal Associate Professor 1997-2000
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, MCODS Manipal Assistant Professor 1992-1997
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, MCODS Manipal Tutor 1988-1989

Proteomics for diagnosis and monitoring of therapy in oral malignancy

BK Manjunath, C Muralikrishna, Jacob Kurien, C Santosh, Arindam Sarkar, K Venkatakrishna, V B Kartha. Proceedings of Golden Jubilee National Laser symposium, 2003

Optical Screening of Oral Cancer: Technology for emerging markets

Sarif Kumar Naik, Lalit Gupta, Chetan Mittal, Srinivasan Balakrishnan, Satish Prasad Rath, Santosh C - Proceedings of the 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Cite international, Lyon, France, 2807-2809, August 2007


Area of Interest

Diagnosis of Potentially Malignant Oral Disorders, Diagnosis of Chronic Orofacial Pain And TMD

Area of Expertise

Oral and Radiographic Diagnosis

Area of Research

Early detection of oral malignancy using laser spectroscopy, Chemoprevention of oral cancer, Dimensional accuracy of images obtained by various imaging modalities, Forensic odontology, Salivary diagnostics

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Life member of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology, 1992.
  • Annual Member of Indian Dental Association.
23 years of undergraduate teaching and 18 years of postgraduate teaching

Invited Guest Lectures :

1.    Guest lecture on Periodontitis-sixth complication of Diabetes mellitus  at  UPDACON-2012 held at Lucknow on 17th and 18th November 2012

2.    Dr S Ramachandra Memorial Oration on Potentially malignant oral disorders  at  40th Karnataka State IDA conference B.C Road, Bantwal on 30th November -2nd December 2012

3.    Guest lecture on Current Concepts in the Management of Aphthous Ulcers at CDE Programme on 27th July 2013, at MCODS, Mangalore

4.    Guest lecture  on “Approach to diagnosis of oral mucosal lesions” at IAOMR UG convention at Bangalore 31st August 2013

5.    Lecture on “ Understanding the science behind mouthwashes and their multifaceted usage in Dental clinics”  at Colgate- IDA Future Dental Professional Program  at Manipal on 27th  September 2014

6.    Guest Lecture- “ Approach to Diagnosis of oral mucosal lesions in children” at 36th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry at Lucknow 14th to 16th October 2014

7.    Guest Lecture on  “Potentially malignant oral disorders” and Panel discussion at CDE on “ Head and neck Cancer : A multidisciplinary update” on 30th October 2014 at MCODS, Mangalore


Optical pathology of oral tissue: A Raman Spectroscopy diagnostic method

K Venkatakrishna, J Kurien, Manna Valiathan, Nirmala Nagesh Kumar, C Muralikrishna, G Ullas, V B Kartha. Current Science, Vol 80 No 5, March 2001

HPLC-LIF for early detection of Oral cancer.

Venkata Krishna, V.B Kartha, C Muralikrisna, O Ravikiran, Jacob Kurien, Mohan Alexander. Current Science Vol 84, No;4, Feb 2003.

Discrimination of normal, inflammatory, premalignant and malignant oral tissue: A Raman Spectroscopy study

R Malini, Venkatakrishna, J Kurien, Lakshmi Rao, V B Kartha, C Muralikrishna. Biopolymers 2006, 81, 179- 193

Principal Component analysis and artificial neural network analysis of oral tissue fluorescence spectra: classification of normal, premalignant and malignant pathological conditions

G.S Nayak, Sudha Kamath, Arindam Sarkar, Satadru Ray, C Santosh, V B Kartha. Biopolymers, Vol 82,152-166( 2006)

Patterns of intraosseous transmigration and ectopic eruption of bilateral transmigrating mandibular canines: Radiographic study and proposed classification

Muralidhar Mupparapu Ajit Auluck Archana Nagpal Suhas Setty

Quintessence International, Vol 38, Number 10, 821-828, Nov Dec 2007

Efficacy of He-Ne Laser in the prevention and treatment of radiotherapy-induced oral mucositis in oral cancer patients

Honey Arora Arun Maiya M. S. Vidyasagar A. Rajeev

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology 2008;105:180-6);

Localization of impacted maxillary canines using panoramic radiography

Archana Nagpal Suhas Setty Gaurav Sharma

Journal of Oral Science, Vol 51, No 1, 37-45, 2009

Maxillary sinus findings in Panoramic Radiography in Elderly patients.

Anuna L M Amar Sholapurkar

Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice. Vol 10 No 6 Nov 1 2009

Palatal and labially impacted maxillary canine associated dental anomalies: a comparative study

Archana Nagpal Gaurav Sharma

The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice Vol 10, No 4, July 1 2009

Comparison of efficacy of Fluconazole mouth rinse and Clotrimazole mouth paint in the treatment of oral candidiasis

Amar Sholapurkar Sugandhi Rao

Australian Dental Journal. 2009; 54: 341-346

Oral manifestations as predictors of immune suppression in a HIV-?AIDS- infected population in South India ; Clin Oral Invest 2008

Gaurav Sharma Keerthilatha M Pai Suhas Setty Archana Nagpal John T Ramapuram

Prevalence of oral manifestations and their association with CD4/CD8 ratio and HIV viral load in South India: International Journal of Dentistry, Vol 2011

Sharma Gaurav Pai Keerthilatha M Nagpal Archna

Abnormal radiological features in a multiple myeloma patient: a case report and radiological review of myelomas Dentomaxillofacial Radiology (2011) 40, 513–518

S Ghosh P Wadhwa A Kumar KM Pai S Seshadri C Manohar

Unusual Clinical Presentation of Generalized Gingival Enlargement – A Report of 3 Cases International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health Vol. 4 No. 4 April 2012

Smitha Rani Thada Keerthilatha M Pai Vineetha R

Precision of dimensional measurements of mandible in different positions on OPG:, Indian Journal of Dental Research, 24(1) 2013

Honey Arora Raman Kambhoj Vibha Jain Keerthilatha M Pai

Comment on “Establishing a targeted plan for prophylactic dental extractions in patients with laryngeal cancer receiving adjuvant radiotherapy

2017-01-01 Gadicherla S Komal Smriti Keerthilatha M Pai

. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2017: Volume 123(January) , Issue 1; Page 137-138

Role of salivary malondialdehyde in assessment of oxidative stress among diabetics.

Komal Smriti Keerthilatha M Pai Vineetha R Kalyana Chakravarthy Pentapati

Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research Volume 6 (January–April 2016), Issue 1, Pages 42-45

Mandibular changes on panoramic imaging after head and neck radiotherapy: a commentary

2016-01-12 Divyansh Bansal Yogesh Chhaparwal Keerthilatha M. Pai

OOO0 2016;12(6):783-784

Enhanced salivary secretion by interferential current stimulation in patients with dry mouth: a pilot study -a commentary.

2016-01-10 Dr Mathangi Kumar Dr Komal Smriti Dr Keerthilatha M Pa Dr Vineetha Ravindranath

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. 2016 : Volume 122 , Issue 2 , 259 – 260

A solitary submucosal mass in the maxillary buccal vestibule.

2016-01-09 Kumar S Pai KM Acharya S Patil V Bhushan P

. International Journal of Current Research.2016; 8(09): 38069- -38070.

Maxillary pseudotumor as initial manifestation of von Willebrand disease, type 2: report of a rare case and literature review—a commentary.

2016-01-08 Mathangi Kumar Shruthi Acharya Keerthilatha M Pai Vineetha R Aditi Chadha Komal Smriti.

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. 2016 : Volume 122 , Issue 2 , 259 – 260

A study to assess the usefulness of salivary salicylic acid and total proteins as tumor markers in oral cancer : Dr. Aditya Patney 2011

Oral changes in patients receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer: Dr Shruthi Acharya.2011

Comparative evaluation of precision of dimensional measurements on conventional and digital panoramic radiograph; Dr Sushma Pandey 2011

Meniscal position in TM joint and its clinical relevance – MRI study: Dr Aditi Lele 2012

Dentascan in the evaluation of jaw lesions: a comparative study: Dr Anindita Saha.2012

Precision of linear cephalometric measurement of dry human skull on lateral cephalometric images obtained from digital lateral cephalograms and cone – beam computed tomography – a comparative study: Dr Nidhi Chauhan 2013

Antifungal agent as an adjuvant in the treatment of oral lichen planus- a RCT: Dr Nanditha Sujir, 2013

Accuracy of Linear Measurements on Conventional IOPA Radiographs, Direct Digital and Indirectly Digitized Periapical Radiographs – A Comparative Study: Dr Hitesh Shoor 2014

Palatal Rugae pattern in different ethnics – a cross sectional study: Dr Vishal Kabre 2014

Determination of usefulness of ultrasonography in diagnosis of superficial facial fractures- a prospective cross-sectional study: Dr Akshaya Rajeev 2015

Evaluation of usefulness of saliva in the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes mellitus – a cross sectional study: Dr Komal Smriti 2015

Ability of two radiographic methods to identify the closeness between the mandibular third molar root and the inferior alveolar canal : a comparative invitro study: Dr Vathsala 2015