The Department of Oral Pathology at KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences began in the year 1986-87 with the inception of the institute. Under the able guidance and leadership of Dr.H.M.Dholakia, the senior most and the first recognised guide of Oral Pathology in India, this Department took its first step and since then the department has made tremendous progress academically and infrastructure wise and has made its mark at national level. Dr.Vivek Pakhmode joined in as the first full time staff in 1988 as Assistant Professor, followed by Dr.Alka Kale in September 1988 as Assistant Professor.
The Department had the honour of having Dr. M.V.Lele a very senior, experienced and able administrator as Professor and Head from 1996 to1998, followed by Dr.Alka Kale from 1998 to 2008. Since then Dr. Seema Hallikerimath is heading the department till date. The undergraduate course was started in the year 1985 and was recognised in 1990. The post-graduate course in the Department of Oral Pathology was started in the year 1990 and was recognised by the year 1992. A total of 55 post-graduates have passed from the department till date.