About Us

Jim GeistJames R. Geist, DDS, MS, Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, earned a DDS from the University of Illinois and a MS in Oral Pathology from Indiana University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.  He is a past president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.  Dr. Geist teaches courses in radiology and pathology at UDM and is a consultant at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  He has made many presentations on radiology and CBCT both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Geist has received the President's Award for Faculty Excellence and has been selected Outstanding Instructor 15 times by dental and dental hygiene classes.  He serves as Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging Center at the University.

Dr. BalasundaramAshok Balasundaram, BDS, MS, DDS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences. He is a graduate of Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, and completed an advanced program in Oral Pathology at Ragas Dental College. Dr. Balasundaram earned a MS in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of North Carolina. He then earned a DDS degree at UDM in 2006. He has conducted research into the use of cone-beam CT in detection of periodontal bone defects and in the diagnosis and management of periapical inflammatory lesions.