Salute is the official magazine for the alumni and friends of the School of Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Read and share inspiring stories highlighting our dental alumni, faculty and students who are revolutionizing education, research, patient care and critical services in the communities they serve.
Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon, Multidisciplinary Team Provide Best Care
When Alessia was born, she was diagnosed with Apert syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes premature fusion of the bones of the skull, hands and feet. Mark A. Miller, DMD, MD, FACS, pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgeon with the School of Dentistry, worked with a multidisciplinary team to perform an invasive surgery when she was 2 years old.
Sister Faculty Members Share Dedication to Innovative Research
The School of Dentistry's Department of Endodontics boasts two nationally acclaimed researchers who also happen to be sisters. Nikita “Niki” Ruparel, DDS, PhD, MS, and Shivani Ruparel, PhD, MS, come from a family of physicians but both chose to dedicate their careers to discovery in their endodontics laboratories.
A Safety Net: Pediatric Dental Clinic Offers Oral Care for All Children
School of Dentistry pediatric dentistry faculty, residents and students provide comprehensive dental care to children who otherwise would not receive it. Because of philanthropic and governmental support, the UT Health San Antonio Ricardo Salinas Clinic remains an invaluable service to the community.
Researcher Leading Effort to Improve Health of Vulnerable Populations
Suman Challa, BDS, MSPH, associate dean for advanced education programs and strategic initiatives for the School of Dentistry, has received multiple million dollar grants to bring advanced dental care to the underserved in nursing homes in and around San Antonio.
Periodontics Professor Studying Saliva to Improve Quality of Life, Prevent Cancer
Brij B. Singh, PhD, associate dean for research and professor of periodontics in the School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio, has dedicated 20 years of multi-disciplined research on salivary gland function and believes epigenetics may hold the key to reversing the condition.
Alumnus Continues Family Legacy of Dedication to Dental Excellence
Ronald K. Crabtree, DDS Class of 1983, is the grandson of an oral surgeon and son of a specialist in oral and maxillofacial radiology. He is continuing the family's legacy of providing outstanding oral care with his wife, son and daughter-in-law. His son-in-law and daughter have an orthodontic practice.