Dr. Annie McLean

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Dr. Annie McLean took the road less travelled by, to become a pathologist…and it has truly made all the difference.  After graduating from Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry in 2011, she completed 5 years of dental public health practice as a National Health Service Corps Scholar in New Mexico, which gave her a solid foundation in clinical dentistry and patient care.  However, during school, she’d been bitten by the oral pathology bug, and Annie adopted Drs. Cindy Kleinegger, Jim Kratochvil, and Jeff Stewart as her mentors, presenting her first oral abstract in 2010 at AAOMP in Tucson under their tutelage.  She entered Texas A&M University College of Dentistry’s oral & maxillofacial pathology residency program in 2016.  Annie came to love head & neck pathology during her anatomic pathology rotation in residency, during which she met and sat with Dr. Justin Bishop of UT Southwestern on a regular basis.  Annie finished her residency in 2019, becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology that year.  Annie completed her MS degree at Texas A&M during the following year while working as Dr. Bishop’s research assistant.  In 2021, she returned to UT Southwestern as faculty after an invaluable year as a Clinical Instructor in head & neck/endocrine pathology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, under Dr. Kelly Magliocca.  Annie functions as a dual-trained oral/ENT pathologist (yes, including thyroid pathology!), working closely with Dr. Bishop.  Annie greatly enjoys teaching medical students, pathology residents, and surgery residents at UT Southwestern.  In her free time, she explores her other identities: powerlifter, yogini, bookworm, and avid cat mom to her Maine coon, Lola.