The magazine of the School of Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Military Strong

Faculty, Staff & Students Enrich School

Teaching Honors Program Leads Nation

More Dental Graduates Choosing to Teach

A Joy to Behold

Cynthia Giles Marks 40 Years of Excellence

Dental Hygiene Program Thriving

Exceptional Program Benefits All


Dr. Weed Teaches with Both Hands, All Heart

Roger Weed, D.D.S., has dedicated 40 years to teaching dental students. His previous career as a pilot in Vietnam almost prevented his dental career from occurring.
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Leading a Life of Grace, Success

Eugene Derricotte, D.D.S., came to the School of Dentistry to teach after breaking barriers in education, football, military and dentistry. He blazed trails for others to follow.
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Going the Long Distance

Wayne Gardner, D.D.S., M.S., survived a life-altering accident during dental school. He now shares his life experience and dental expertise with students facing their own challenges.
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Research Project Funds Electronic Health Record System

Five-year, $2.5 million project equips Center for Oral Health Care & Research with electronic record system and improves patients’ overall health.
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Research Strives to Improve Health, Reduce Costs

Research project concentrates on improving dental health while reducing costly ER visits for oral emergencies. Emergency dental clinic reduces expensive ER visits.
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Dental Lab Key Research Site for Ceramic Implant

Dental school researchers key to studying new ceramic implant; UT Dentistry San Antonio dentists first in U.S. to place improved implant in local patients.
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Patient Care

Providing Compassionate Care to Geriatric Patients

Dental school alumna Tam Van, D.D.S., teaches students the importance of delivering compassionate care to elderly patients with complex health issues or cognitive limitations.
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Oral Surgeon Earns International Honor in Scotland

Edward Ellis III, D.D.S., M.S., oral and maxillofacial surgery chair, received international acclaim when he was named to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: Filling the Space with Excellence

In the Center for Oral Health Care & Research, UT Dentistry San Antonio’s Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery practice has grown to meet the need for specialized care.
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Alumni Profile: Scott and Cassandra Leune

Scott Leune, D.D.S., and Cassandra Leune, B.S.D.H., both Class of 2005, strive to find a healthy balance between their national company and their growing family.
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Alumni Profile: Mario and Elva Rapanotti

Mario Rapanotti, D.D.S., Class of 1983, and Elva Rapanotti, D.D.S., Class of 1988, share a marriage, dental practice, and belief in giving back to the community.
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Alumnus Profile: Never Forgetting His Roots

Ray Scott, D.D.S., Class of 1983, credits the School of Dentistry for giving him the opportunity to become a dentist. Now he helps current students.
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