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  • July 25, 2014
    Five TAMIU Graduates Accepted To San Antonio, Houston Dental Schools: Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is playing a vital role in preparing Pre-Dental students to help guarantee bright smiles for Texans. This Fall, five TAMIU pre-dental program graduates have been accepted to dental schools in San Antonio and Houston.
  • July 23, 2014
    UTHSC researchers discover agent may shrink oral tumors: Researchers at the School of Dentistry and School of Medicine at San Antonio's University of Texas Health Science Center have found that an agent called capsazepine showed dramatic tumor shrinkage in mouse models of human oral cancer without damaging surrounding tissues.
  • July 23, 2014
    Dental school dean honored by dental educators: William W. Dodge, D.D.S., dean of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School, was among eight dental education professionals honored recently with the Chair of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Board of Directors Citation by Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S.
  • May 23, 2014
    Five win awards at Dental Science Symposium research competition: Third-year dental student Jack Hua will represent the UT Health Science Center San Antonio at the 55th annual American Dental Association/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program Oct. 9-12 in San Antonio
  • February 20, 2014
    New oral health building on track for mid-2015 completion: The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and its general construction partner, J.T. Vaughn Construction LLC, held a tree-topping ceremony Feb. 13. The ceremony was held to celebrate completion of the structure for the Dental School’s Center for Oral Health Care & Research.
  • January 6, 2014
    Methodist Healthcare Ministries awards nearly $2 million in multiple grants to HSC: Continuing a longstanding tradition of supporting the UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s efforts to improve the health of residents of San Antonio and South Texas, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. (MHM), recently awarded almost $2 million in seven grants to the university.
  • October 16, 2013
    New electronic data system helps track children's oral health: Researchers in the Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio were awarded a one-year, $333,768 grant from the DentaQuest Foundation* for their innovative school-based outreach program designed to promote oral health for children living in Laredo.
  • August 26, 2013
    Dental students prepare for profession at Morgan’s Wonderland: Fourteen students from the Dental School had the opportunity this summer to learn about individuals with special needs by performing community service work at Morgan’s Wonderland. The San Antonio amusement park welcomes visitors regardless of age, special need or disability.
  • August 21, 2013
    Amarillo man continues as president of TDA: Dr. David A. Duncan of Amarillo was recently elected by his peers as president on the 2013-14 Board of Directors of the 8,800-member Texas Dental Association (TDA). This is Dr Duncan’s second year of a 3-year term. Dr Duncan received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science from West Texas State University in 1985.
  • August 1, 2013
    William Butler, M.S., receives ADEA Presidential Citation: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has honored William O. Butler, M.S., for his contributions to dental education and the association. He was one of 13 leaders to receive a Presidential Citation from ADEA President Gerald N. Glickman, D.D.S., M.S., M.B.A., J.D., during the opening ceremony of the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition earlier this year in Seattle, Wash.
  • July 24, 2013
    Dental School alumna graduation speaker now a dean: Life has taken many unexpected turns for 1983 alumna Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.S., who was the guest speaker at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School’s 2013 commencement ceremony.
  • July 22, 2013
    Dr. Gregory Spackman wins prestigious UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award: The University of Texas System regents doled out $1 million worth of awards this week to top faculty members at their health institutions, including eight UT Health Science Center professors, in what's likely one of the largest teaching awards of its kind in the country.
  • July 22, 2013
    Regents award $1 million to outstanding health faculty members: The University of Texas System Board of Regents awarded $1 million to 39 outstanding faculty members from each of UT’s six health institutions Wednesday night in what is one of the nation’s largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education.
  • June 25, 2013
    Dental clinic for homeless named for Dr. Taline Infante: A dental clinic serving homeless families with children at SAMMinistries’ Transitional Living and Learning Center has been named in honor of one of its founders, whose determined efforts ensured the clinic was funded and filled with state-of-the-art equipment. The Taline Dadian Infante Dental Clinic was dedicated June 13 in honor of Taline “Talley” Dadian Infante, Ed.D., RDH, who led the Division of Dental Hygiene until she died in April at age 56 of a brain tumor.
  • May 14, 2013
    Dental School faculty members receive national honors: Two faculty members from the Dental School at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio are in the national spotlight.
  • May 9, 2013
    More than 900 to receive degrees at UT Health Science Center: Nearly 100 dental students are expected to receive the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree.
  • April 16, 2013
    Infante was an award-winning dental hygiene instructor: A dental hygiene educator and mentor, Taline Dadian Infante died earlier this month after being treated over the past six months for a brain tumor. She was 56. An award-winning teacher, Infante and other professors at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio organized the Dental Hygiene Clinical Teaching Workshop, which is believed to be the first of its kind nationally, said her friend and colleague, Juanita “Nita” Wallace.
  • March 29, 2013
    Dr. Edward Ellis receives outstanding educator award: Edward Ellis III, D.D.S., M.S., received the Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding Educator during the opening ceremony of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) 94th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition in San Diego, CA.
  • March 20, 2013
    William W. Dodge, D.D.S., named Dental School dean : President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, announced March 15 that William W. Dodge, D.D.S., has been named dean of the Dental School, effective April 1.
  • March 5, 2013
    Sixteen faculty and staff receive 2013 Presidential Awards: Ken M. Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D., was presented the President’s Distinguished Scholar Award at a dinner on March 5. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School, and serves as a professor of pharmacology, physiology and surgery in the School of Medicine.
  • March 5, 2013
    Dental School wins first-place UT System innovation award: A team from the Dental School at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio led by John Rugh, Ph.D., has received first place in the UT Academy of Health Science Education Innovation Awards. It is the first time a dental education program has won first place. The awards were announced Feb. 22 at The University of Texas System’s 2013 Innovations in Health Science Education Annual Conference.
  • February 25, 2013
    Dental student adapts to prosthetic arm: Amar Patel is a UTHSCSA dental student who lost his arm after a car wreck last year. He's trained for months on a special prosthesis, reportedly the first to have a particular elbow joint. He returned to school in January and is developing alternative dental practices
  • February 6, 2013
    The USAA Foundation’s $3M gift boosts neuroscience research: Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and chairman of endodontics in the Health Science Center’s Dental School, is the first holder of The USAA Foundation President’s Distinguished University Chair in Neurosciences. He also holds appointments in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • January 11, 2013
    William Butler receives ICD honorary fellowship: William Oliver Butler has been inducted as an honorary fellow into the International College of Dentists. Butler is director of continuing dental education and alumni affairs in the Dental School of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
  • December 20, 2012
    Dental School studying new dental unit waterline technology: The Dental School at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio has received a grant to continue studying a new technology to improve the quality of water used in treating dental patients.
  • December 20, 2012
    Two elected to UT Academy of Health Science Education: Two faculty members of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio were elected Nov. 12 to The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education. Sandra G. Adams, M.D., M.S., and John Rugh, Ph.D., are two of 12 faculty members from UT System health science institutions elected to the academy this year.
  • December 17, 2012
    Dental Sealant Clinic shines: Hector Aguilar had been thinking about running for president, but after getting an A+ at his dental screening during the Dental School’s annual Dental Sealant Clinic, he may be thinking about becoming a dentist.
  • December 17, 2012
    Dental School breaks ground on new era of clinical practice: Leaders of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio broke ground Oct. 26 on the Center for Oral Health Care & Research. The $95 million Dental School facility to be located on Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center will serve as a modern venue for oral health care, education, training and research. The building will be four stories covering 198,000 gross square feet, along with a parking garage of more than 450 spaces. The current Dental School building is almost 40 years old and will be repurposed as existing clinical activities are moved to the new facility. The new center will be patient-friendly by design.
  • December 17, 2012
    Methodist Healthcare Ministries partners with Dental School to serve community: Marissa Lopez wanted to have beautiful teeth, so she and her mother began visiting the Ricardo Salinas Dental Clinic. "I learned to brush my teeth two times a day — in the night and in the morning — to floss and rinse my mouth with mouthwash. And now I have pretty teeth," the smiling youngster said.
  • December 12, 2012
    President ad interim Kalkwarf honored for outstanding leadership : President ad interim Kenneth Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., was honored recently with the presentation of three proclamations honoring his 25 years of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
  • October 31, 2012
    Dental School breaks ground on new era of clinical practice: Leaders of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio broke ground Oct. 26 on the Center for Oral Health Care & Research. The $95 million Dental School facility will transform academic dentistry for decades to come in South Texas. The building will be located on Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center.
  • October 26, 2012
    UT Health Science Center breaks ground on dental facility: Officials at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are hoping you open up and say, “Ahhh!” when you see the plans for its new $95 million oral health care center.
  • October 25, 2012
    Dental School hosts alumni reception at the ADA meeting: There was something special about this reception – aside from all the great alumni and friends who attended.  This year, our Dental School partnered with the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry and the Baylor College of Dentistry to host a Texas Reception where all the Texas grads could gather to mix and mingle
  • September 21, 2012
    Dr. Garcia receives Hispanic Dental Association award: Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, a faculty member of the Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is the recipient of the 2012 Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) Women’s Leadership Award.
  • August 13, 2012
    OKU elects officers, holds induction ceremony: The Mu Nu chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the national dental honor society, recently elected officers, inducted new members and presented scholarship awards to dental students at the annual convocation banquet.
  • August 8, 2012
    Dental School receives $2.5 million for faculty development : A $2.5 million, five-year federal grant obtained by the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio will support faculty development and training in the Dental School.
  • July 30, 2012
    Dr. Pavlin’s daughter is swimming in the Olympics: Keep your eye on the Olympic swimming competition July 30 and Aug. 2. That’s when Kim Pavlin, daughter of UT Health Science Center San Antonio orthodontist Dubravko Pavlin, D.M.D., M.S.D., Ph.D., and his wife Sanja, will represent her parent’s home country, Croatia.
  • July 12, 2012
    Eight receive $200,000 in teaching awards: The University of Texas System Board of Regents, meeting in Austin, honored eight faculty of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio July 11 with the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. Each winner received $25,000 in the highly competitive awards program.
  • July 12, 2012
    Dental School receives $4.5 million for five-state PBRN : The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was awarded a seven-year, $4.5 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to lead the Southwest Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN).
  • May 16, 2012
    Apply soon for University Teaching Excellence Course : The Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching has been offering the University Teaching Excellence Course (UTEC) for more than 35 years. It is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and experiences required to become exemplary educators. More than 1,000 faculty and staff members have completed the program, and graduates include department chairs, deans and current University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D.
  • May 16, 2012
    Dental School faculty and program in the national spotlight : The educational, research and mentoring efforts of the Dental School at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio have been recognized this spring on the national level.
  • May 8, 2012
    Branch named Dentist of the Year: Warren B. Branch, D.D.S., was named the 2011 Dentist of the Year by the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, one of the most prestigious honors a Texas dentist can earn
  • May 8, 2012
    Maestros of dental care: After graduating from Dental School at the UT Health Science Center in 1979, Tom Cockerell Jr., D.D.S., established his practice in 1980. Eventually his experiences providing dental care to medically compromised patients led to his conception of "Dental Symphony" software.
  • May 8, 2012
    New facility for Dental School clinics approved: The University of Texas System Board of Regents this year authorized a $95 million oral health care center at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The new four-level 172,000 gross-square-foot building will be named the Center for Oral Health Care at the MARC and will be constructed adjacent to the university’s Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC) on Floyd Curl Drive.
  • March 26, 2012
    AADR renames award to honor first recipient: The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health, has announced Dr. Bjorn Steffensen as the recipient of the newly renamed Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award. Steffensen received the award during the AADR annual meeting and exhibition held on Wednesday in Tampa, Florida.
  • February 27, 2012
    Regents approve new oral health care center : The University of Texas System Board of Regents this month authorized a $95 million oral health care center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • February 27, 2012
    Edgewood students receive preventive dental care at the HSC: The children received dental screenings, fluoride treatments and dental sealants from more than 350 dental students and 60 dental hygiene students, working under the supervision of over 50 faculty members.
  • January 30, 2012
    Dental Science Symposium seeks abstracts by March 2: Join us for the 30th Annual University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental Science Symposium. The symposium embraces a broad spectrum of research and scholarly activities. We welcome participants from all UTHSCSA schools. The highlight of our symposium will be a competitive oral and poster session being presented by predoctoral students, postdoctoral students and UT Health Science Center faculty. Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts already accepted for presentation as well as original research.
  • January 30, 2012
    Anaplastologist Colette Shrader joins Dental School: The UT Health Science Center Department of Comprehensive Dentistry would like to introduce their new anaplastologist, Colette Shrader, M.S.
  • January 25, 2012
    Three dental faculty begin national leadership roles: Kenneth Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the Dental School, has been named vice president of the American College of Dentists (ACD). Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., professor and director of the Division of Advanced Education and External Affairs in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, was named president of the American College of Prosthodontists. And Bjorn Steffensen, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., has been accepted as a fellow in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.The Implant Clinic offers state-of-the-art affordable dental and implant therapies with an emphasis on the expeditious completion of patient care. For more information or an appointment for an evaluation, please call 210-567-5433.
  • December 6, 2011
    Stone Oak Orthodontics earns national LEED certification: Stone Oak Orthodontics has achieved a Green Interior rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for investments Dr. Robert “Tito” Norris made in the office for environmental sustainability.
  • November 23, 2011
    The Implant Clinic Opens in the Dental School: The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio recently opened The Implant Clinic, a new patient care center. The clinic is under the direction of Ilser Turkyilmaz, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. The Implant Clinic offers state-of-the-art affordable dental and implant therapies with an emphasis on the expeditious completion of patient care. For more information or an appointment for an evaluation, please call 210-567-5433.
  • November 9, 2011
    Outstanding faculty members honored at reception : A reception was held Oct. 19 to honor 63 faculty members who received promotion and/or tenure appointments, and three faculty members who were recognized for receiving the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor from the University of Texas System.
  • April 20, 2011
    Dr. Summitt receives Leeper Award for Teaching Excellence: James B. Summitt, D.D.S., M.S., a tenured professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, received the award from Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the national dental honor society. The award was presented March 13 at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif.
  • April 5, 2011
    Dental School receives $6.5 million in HRSA grants: The Dental School at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio has received more than $6.5 million in grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The five grants are funding programs and projects being implemented during the current academic year in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry.
  • November 18, 2010
    Dr. Burke: Supermom and Pedodontist: Supermom Linda Burke, President of Linda T. Burke, DDS is the mother of six children and principal of her own company. When asked how she does it all, Dr. Burke responded with, “My accomplishments are possible because I am surrounded with great people.
  • September 20, 2010
    UT Health Science Center gets fresh injection of stimulus funds: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is set to receive more than $4 million in federal funding to support equipment purchases and professional education.
  • May 18, 2010
    Dental School celebrates 40th anniversary with gala: More than 530 faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees and supporters of the Dental School at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio gathered May 7 to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary with a gala at the Marriott Plaza Hotel.
  • May 18, 2010
    President Henrich announces 2010 Ambassador Scholars : A master skydiver, decorated Air Force veteran, student dental leader, former AmeriCorps volunteer and graduate student cancer researcher were named April 20 as The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Ambassador Scholars.
  • April 30, 2010
    UTHSC researchers unlock keys to pain: Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center have found a way to shut off a key part of the body's pain signaling system, said Kenneth Hargreaves, chairman of the endodontics department at the health science center's dental school.
  • April 7, 2010
    Test detects oral cancer in minutes: In a study of San Antonio patients, an experimental rapid test for oral cancer that analyzes a few cells brushed loose from inside the mouth by a dentist proved as accurate as a biopsy read by a pathologist.
  • April 6, 2010
    Dental Web site wins UT System innovation award: Joseph P. Connor, D.D.S., M.A., assistant professor of restorative dentistry, Gary F. Guest, D.D.S., assistant dean for predoctoral clinics, and Richard Ongkiko, database administrator, shared the award for their project titled, “Development and Implementation of an Online Screening Application at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School.”
  • January 14, 2010
    Claudia E. Rodriguez, DDS and J. Patrick Pirtle, DDS: A Dentistry Duo Making a Difference: Dr. Claudia Rodriguez is a Brownsville native who early on, felt a need for child advocates in the Rio Grande Valley. She began working in a local dentist’s office in high school and fell in love with the concept of relieving children’s pain. Meanwhile, in Amarillo Dr. J. Patrick Pirtle was mirroring his future wife’s pattern by shadowing a dentist during high school and discovering his passion to serve all people with the highest quality of care, especially those who are often overlooked.
  • September 25, 2009
    Dean, dental leader lauded as consensus builder: Dr. Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, this year's recipient of the ADA Distinguished Service Award, had a difficult decision to make during his earliest days in dental education.
  • September 24, 2009
    Faculty Member Vidya Sankar, DMD, Discusses Nutrition Bars and Cavities: Dentists notice that some people who eat a lot of nutrition bars without rinsing or brushing after can increase their risk of dental decay
  • September 22, 2009
    Braces get a boost: For the 5 million in the United States and Canada who wear braces, better oral health, an attractive smile and enhanced self-image are just a few of the benefits. Yet, many orthodontic patients – particularly the one in five who are adults – testify that the much-anticipated date their braces are to be removed is a day they wish would arrive sooner.
  • September 15, 2009
    Dental School Alum Named Healthcare Hero by the Houston Business Journal: Dr. K. Edward Oppermann, a native Texan who grew up in Houston, is more than a dentist, father and caring son. At work, he’s all about making people feel and look better. And his work away from the dentist’s chair brings him recognition as well.
  • August 25, 2009
    Health Science Center employees honored for service: Service is at the heart of 43 UT Health Science Center employees who were honored for their lengthy service at the bimonthly service awards ceremony held Aug. 18
  • August 23, 2009
    Dentist provides specialized care to seniors: After 18 years on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Dirks redirected her study to focus on the unmet need in geriatrics. She served as clinical director of the geriatric dental clinic at the center until May 2007.
  • August 17, 2009
    Former faculty member to be remembered during Mass, memorial run Aug. 19: In memory of Maria E. Yeung, Ph.D., a faculty member of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry from 1987 through 1999, the San Antonio Road Runners and Dr. Yeung’s family have organized a two-mile memorial run on Aug. 19.
  • August 10, 2009
    New device could shorten, improve orthodontic treatment: A team of orthodontists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio hopes to speed up and improve orthodontic treatment using a new device called the AcceleDent.
  • July 1, 2009
    Dental honor society inducts 17 new members: Eleven UT Health Science Center alumni and six Dental School faculty members were inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) national dental honor society at the May convocation and banquet at Fair Oaks Country Club.
  • June 3, 2009
    Spotlight on Excellence: Alicia Galvan, D.D.S.: Since her youth, native San Antonian Alicia Galvan, D.D.S., has aimed to affect her community in a positive manner.
  • March 27, 2009
    Dr. Olav Alvares Honored for his Work on the Journal of Dental Education: At the 2009 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) annual meeting in March, Periodontics faculty member Olav Alvares, DDS, MS was honored for his work as editor of the Journal of Dental Education (JDE). Dr. Alvares served as editor of the JDE from 2000 – 2009.
  • March 9, 2009
    Renovated Laredo Dental Clinic home of new residencies: The City of Laredo Health Department hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 20 to celebrate the opening of its newly renovated dental clinic.
  • February 24, 2009
    Dental students provide screenings, career inspiration to kids: Seven-year-old second-grader Hector Aguilar had been thinking about running for president of the United States when he grows up. But after getting an A+ at his dental screening at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio on “National Give Kids A Smile Day,” Feb. 16, he just may be thinking about becoming a dentist someday.
  • January 29, 2009
    Small device helps sleep apnea sufferers in a big way : Imagine choking and gasping for air every time you fall asleep. Between 18 million and 20 million people in the United States suffer from these frightening symptoms because of a common disorder called sleep apnea.
  • January 23, 2009
    Dental School Hosts Alumni Reception in Dallas: On January 23, the Dental School held a reception for alumni in the Dallas area and those attending the Southwest Dental Conference. Dean Kenneth L. Kalkwarf and Vice Dean William W. Dodge hosted a group of 20 people and updated them on the state of the school and the many new projects and events happening in San Antonio.
  • October 20, 2008
    Feldmann helped found renowned UTHSC Dental School: If you're happy with your smile, you may owe Earl Feldmann a moment of thanks.
  • October 20, 2008
    Drs. Cappelli, Chiang honored with Faculty Senate leadership awards: Dr. Cappelli, a 19-year member of the Health Science Center faculty, has a creative and multidimensional approach to dentistry, said his nominator, Barry Norling, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry.
  • October 9, 2008
    Contagious Smiles: Peering into the mouth of a little girl, Sarah Payne, a dental student at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, was surprised to find something rather alarming.
  • October 9, 2008
    Teeth prove to be susceptible to silent enamel-eating syndrome: Cavities or not, your teeth could be in more trouble than you know because of a silent and destructive phenomenon called dental erosion. A faculty member at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio has found that the incidence of dental erosion, which is the steady loss of the teeth’s protective enamel, is on the rise in the United States.
  • October 7, 2008
    Dental School exchange program bridges U.S. and Japan: Smiles sparkled all around in the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School - but it was not from a typical trip to the dentist. Ten fifth-year dental students and two faculty members from Meikai and Asahi universities in Japan were participating in the Japanese 2008-2009 UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School and Japanese Exchange Program. Twenty second- and fourth-year dental students from the Health Science Center participated in the program, which was conducted for 10 days in late July and early August.
  • October 6, 2008
    First Dean of the Dental School Passes Away in California: Upon retirement with a rank of captain from the Navy, he was on the faculty at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was assistant dean for graduate training and hospital affairs. After serving as founding dean of the new School of Dentistry at the University of Texas, San Antonio, he was appointed to the faculty of Loma Linda University Medical Center as chief of the oral and maxillofacial service. He was made emeritus professor in 2001
  • September 26, 2008
    San Antonio picked to host national dental convention: San Antonio has been selected as the host city for the American Dental Association’s 149th Annual Session. This will mean that more than 30,000 dental professionals from throughout the world will be converging on the Alamo City.
  • August 28, 2008
    $5 million grant will train students in oral health research: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed a five-year, $5 million grant for the Craniofacial Oral-Biology Student Training in Academic Research (COSTAR) program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The first round of funding was received in 2002. The renewed grant will continue through 2012.
  • July 3, 2008
    Dr. Olav Alvares receives IADR distinguished service award: Olav Alvares, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate professor of periodontics, received the 2008 International Association of Dental Researchers (IADR) Distinguished Service Award July 2 at the IADR annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.
  • July 3, 2008
    South Central Texas AHEC holds annual awards ceremony: Fifteen individuals, faculty members and community partners were honored May 22 with awards from the South Central Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC), sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The first AHEC Legacy Award was presented, in addition to the second annual Richard A. Garcia Jr. Spirit of AHEC Award.
  • July 3, 2008
    Campus, community celebrate receiving CTSA Award: “In my eight years as president, this is an unparalleled milestone. It identifies our university and our partners as a top-tier consortium of excellence to benefit mankind.” With those words, Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president...
  • May 14, 2008
    Curtain to lift on 689 graduates’ health science careers: Six-hundred eighty-nine health professional students and biomedical scientists are scheduled to receive their degrees from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in ceremonies Friday through Sunday.
  • April 21, 2008
    Dr. Minerva Garcia to hold UT Health Science Center’s first distinguished university chair in Laredo: Minerva Garcia, D.D.S., a Zapata native, will be named the holder of the first distinguished university chair of the Laredo Campus Extension of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. UT Health Science Center President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., will make the announcement during a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. today at the Laredo Campus Extension, 1937 Bustamante Street.
  • April 21, 2008
    Zapata native to become UT Health Science Center’s first distinguished university chair for Laredo campus: What: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will announce its first distinguished university chair for the Laredo Campus Extension. The announcement will be made at a luncheon honoring the Honorable Solomon Casseb Jr. and Joseph C. Martin III, trustees of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust. The trust provided a $2 million gift in April 2007 to establish this chair.
  • March 28, 2008
    Dental School Scholarship Golf Tournament set for April 25: The fourth annual Dental School Scholarship Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 25, at SilverHorn Golf Club, 1100 W. Bitters Road. Tee time is 8 a.m.
  • February 13, 2008
    Laredo Campus Extension names first university distinguished chair: Maria Minerva Garcia, D.D.S., who grew up in Zapata, will be returning to South Texas as the holder of the first distinguished university chair of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Laredo Campus Extension, Kenneth L Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the Dental School, announced.
  • February 13, 2008
    Dental students provide screenings for EISD second-graders: More than 800 second-graders from Edgewood Independent School District (EISD) are smiling a little brighter after receiving dental screenings and sealants from dental students at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
  • January 31, 2008
    700 Edgewood ISD students to receive free dental sealants: WHAT: Edgewood Independent School District second-graders will receive free dental sealant services from junior and senior dental students at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
  • January 18, 2008
    Sanchez Family Foundation sponsors mobile dental van: The A.R. “Tony” and Maria J. Sanchez Family Foundation is sponsoring a mobile dental van pilot program to offer basic dental care to residents of four colonias and other underserved communities in the Laredo area.