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Anthony “Rick” Cardoza, DDS, D-ABFO

Anthony “Rick” Cardoza, DDS, D-ABFO

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Dentistry’s Role in a Mass Disaster Scenario

Friday, April 28   |   2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Three (3) CE Hours  | Category B

Course Description
Dr. Cardoza will discuss the evolution of mass disaster management from a perspective of forensic dentistry. Learn how forensic dentists have participated in events such as commercial airline crashes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and wildfires. See how the postmortem record collection has evolved from analog to digital along with the integration of dental postmortem software programs.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the evolution of mass disaster management from a perspective of forensic dentistry.
  • Recognize the use of dental records in a mass disaster.
  • Understand the role of the forensic dentist in a mass fatality.

This course shows the evolution of mass disaster management from a perspective of forensic dentistry along with the procedures forensic dentists utilize in identifying decedents specifically in mass disasters such as plane crashes, wild fires, hurricanes, and terrorist events seen in both regional, national, or international incidents. 

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Speaker Bio:
Dr. Cardoza is a 1985 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School and maintains a general dental practice in Santee (San Diego County) California. Dr. Cardoza is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Diego County Dental Association. Dr. Cardoza is a Fellow in the World Class Laser Institute and a Member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

As a general dentist, Dr. Cardoza treats patients of all ages specific to their individual needs and concerns. Dr. Cardoza is comfortable performing many of the dental procedures that are often referred to specialists including endodontics (root canals), extractions, and periodontal (gum) treatments.

In addition, Dr. Cardoza is a forensic dental consultant for the County of San Diego Office of the Medical Examiner, County of Imperial Office of the Coroner, State of California Department of Justice, The California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and is the Director of the California Dental Identification Team (CalDIT).

Dr. Cardoza maintains a busy forensic caseload due to the San Diego and Imperial Counties proximity to the Mexican border. He has performed numerous postmortem dental examinations, comparisons and identifications and most recently was involved with the identifications of victims of the Southern California wildfire disasters.

Also, Dr. Cardoza lectures throughout the United States and Canada at regional and local dental conferences on the topics of forensic dentistry and lasers in dentistry.