Dr. McLean took the road less travelled by, to become a pathologist…and it has truly made all the difference.  A dentist by training, Dr. McLean completed 5 years of dental public health practice as a National Health Service Corps Scholar in New Mexico before entering Texas A&M University College of Dentistry’s oral & maxillofacial pathology residency program in 2016.  She came to love head & neck pathology during her anatomic pathology rotation in residency, during which she enjoyed learning from Dr. Justin Bishop.  She finished 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.  Dr. McLean completed her MS degree at Texas A&M during the following year while working as Dr. Bishop’s research assistant.  She now returns to UT Southwestern as faculty after an invaluable year as a Clinical Instructor in head & neck/endocrine pathology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.  Dr. McLean greatly enjoys teaching and sharing her unique oral pathology perspective.


Dental School
Oregon Health & Science University (2011)
Graduate School
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry (2019), Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Research Interest

  • HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer
  • Molecular profiling of odontogenic tumors
  • Oral cancer and precancer

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • International Academy of Oral Pathology (2019)
  • North American Society of Head & Neck Pathology (2018)
  • American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology (2010)