Academics

New Dean Heads Dental School

Peter M. Loomer, B.Sc., D.D.S., Ph.D., MRCD(C), FACD, visits with Peggy Alexander, D.D.S., M.P.H. and Joi Walls
Dean Peter M. Loomer, B.Sc., D.D.S., Ph.D., MRCD(C), FACD, visits with Peggy Alexander, D.D.S., M.P.H., clinical professor of comprehensive dentistry, and Joi Walls, second-year student, at the Center for Oral Health Care & Research.

Dean Peter M. Loomer joined the School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio in February 2019. He came from New York University College of Dentistry.

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A Message from the Dean

Peter Michael Loomer, B.Sc., D.D.S., Ph.D., MRCD(C), FACD, offers his first Dean’s Message in the 2019 Salute magazine of the School of Dentistry.

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Curriculum Revamped

Stephanie Tran
Stephanie Tran, second-year dental student, participates in clinical simulation exercises.

Critical self-assessment of first- and second-year curriculum results in replacing 52 silo-based courses with three thematic tracks.

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Teaching Honors Program

Jo Ann Diaz Jordan, M.A., RDH with students Clarissa Hernandez and Karla Morales
Jo Ann Diaz Jordan, M.A., RDH, director of the Dental Hygiene Division, discusses the Teaching Honors Program with senior dental hygiene students Clarissa Hernandez (center) and Karla Morales.

New Teaching Honors Program for dental hygiene students joins national effort to prepare future generation of much-needed faculty members.

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Four Decades of Dedication

William W. Dodge, D.D.S.
William W. Dodge, D.D.S., served in many roles at the School of Dentistry: professor, faculty practice director, associate dean of patient care, and dean.

Former Dean William W. “Bill” Dodge, D.D.S., retires after 40 years of service to the School of Dentistry.

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Cariology Expert Excels In Teaching, Research

Bennett T. Amaechi, B.D.S., Ph.D., M.Sc., MFDS RCPS (Glasg), FADI
Bennett T. Amaechi, B.D.S., Ph.D., M.Sc., MFDS RCPS (Glasg), FADI, director of cariology, enjoys combining his research with teaching.

A world-renowned expert in cariology, Bennett T. Amaechi, B.D.S., Ph.D., shares his knowledge and passion for education and research with his students.

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40 Years Dedicated to Education, Mission Trips

Jeffery Hicks, D.D.S.
Alumnus Jeffery Hicks, D.D.S., professor of comprehensive dentistry, is educating multiple generations of dentists, leading mission trips, and assuming national dentistry roles.

Alumnus Jeffery Hicks, D.D.S., has spent 40 years teaching students, caring for patients, and participating in mission outreach to improve oral health education.

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Honoring a Friend

Brian Chase with scholarship recipients Patricia Mendiola and Zeki Abdulaali.
Before this year’s Welcome to the Profession ceremony, scholarship donor Brian Chase (center) visited with scholarship recipients Patricia Mendiola and Zeki Abdulaali.

Brian Chase is honoring his friend’s memory with the Shane Epperson Memorial Scholarship for dental students who are active or former military members.

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Welcome to the Profession

Welcome to the Profession ceremony
Jesus Medina (from left), Jesus Angel Quilantan, Jonathan Derell Thompson and Lazaro Tobias get together before the Welcome to the Profession ceremony.

The dental Class of 2023 and the dental hygiene Class of 2021 officially kicked off their academic journey at Welcome to the Profession.

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All in The Family

Daniel K. Miller, D.D.S., Dakota Miller, Cheyenne Miller, first-year dental student Diane Miller.
Daniel K. Miller, D.D.S. Class of 1994 (from left), attends the reception with daughters, Dakota Miller, third-year dental student, and Cheyenne Miller, first-year dental student, and wife Diane Miller.

First-year dental students and family members who are alumni of the School of Dentistry were honored at a Legacy Meet and Greet reception.

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A Legacy of Dedication

The School of Dentistry recognizes employees with 25 to 45 years of service at UT Health San Antonio.

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Welcoming New Team Members 2018 – 2019

The School of Dentistry welcomes its new faculty, staff and volunteer staff members who joined the dental family in 2018 and 2019.

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