Salute Magazine

2020 issue
Peter Michael Loomer, B.Sc., D.D.S., Ph.D., MRCD(C), FACD

A Message from the Dean

Peter Michael Loomer, B.Sc., D.D.S., Ph.D., MRCD(C), FACD, welcomes readers to the special 50th anniversary issue of Salute, the official magazine of the School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio.

50 Years of Excellence: An Introduction to School’s History

Responding to a dire need in Texas for dentists, the 61st Legislature passed HB 79 in 1969 establishing The University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. The School of Dentistry is now one of the country's top schools.

50 Years of Excellence in Education

The School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio is celebrating 50 years of educating compassionate, highly trained general dentists, dental hygienists and dental specialties experts.

50 Years of Excellence in Patient Care

For 50 years, the School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio has provided the most advanced, comprehensive patient care to area residents. While treating patients, students and residents have received invaluable experience.

50 Years of Excellence in Research

Over the last 50 years, the School of Dentistry's research endeavors have continued to evolve and expand. Today, the school is one of the nation's top 10 research programs.

Celebrating Excellence in Dental Hygiene

From its modest beginnings in 1976 with a two-year certificate program, the Dental Hygiene Division has grown into an outstanding program with undergraduate and graduates degrees.
Our Graduates 1974-2020

Just the Facts: Infographics on Graduates

Infographics detail the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry's graduates from 1974 through 2020.

A Legacy of Leadership: Our Dental Deans

Seven individuals have helped shape the School of Dentistry by serving as dean. Each has led during a unique time with special challenges and accomplishments.

Graduates Share Experiences 50 Years Apart

First dental and dental hygiene graduates explain challenges and benefits of being in historic classes. The 2020 graduates describe their unique experience of finishing their studies and graduating during a global pandemic.

School Adapts Immediately to COVID-19 Pandemic

As the world shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Dentistry's academic leadership team figured out how to offer virtual classes and exams while the clinical team implemented new PPE and safety procedures.

Graduate Leads Initiative To Create Face Shields

Kyle King, D.D.S. Class of 2015, in Lufkin, Texas, decided to take action when he saw the PPE crisis at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. He created face shields and organized his community to support the project with money and time.
Alumni Responds to COVID-19

Dental Graduates on Front Line of World Health Crisis

Graduates of the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry are on the front line of the global pandemic. Alumni from all of the school's program have helped in myriad ways to battle COVID-19.
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