School of Dentistry Building Dean John Valenza holds the Texas Dentist of the Year trophy. Beside him are officers of the Houston Academy of General Dentistry and Texas Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Jerry Bouquot looks at a large screen where a remote viewer's image is projected.

Dean John Valenza named 2019 Texas Dentist of the Year™  

The Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s 2019 Texas Dentist of the Year™ is John A. Valenza, DDS '81, dean, alumnus and distinguished teaching professor at UTHealth School of Dentistry. 

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As Project ECHO hub, UTHealth offers dentist-to-dentist telementoring

World-renowned oral pathologist Jerry Bouquot, DDS, MSD, launched UTHealth School of Dentistry as a new “Project ECHO®” hub for dental and oral health focusing on geriatric issues and oral cancer.

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Since its founding in 1905, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston has graduated more than 10,000 dentists, dental hygienists and postgraduate generalists and specialists. The school is part of UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), joining schools of medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical sciences and biomedical informatics.

The School of Dentistry offers 10 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two general residency programs and six advanced education programs, including endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics, plus dual-degree programs in partnership with the School of Public Health and McGovern Medical School. Preceptor programs are also available.

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Our dental school has served Southeast Texas since 1905, providing a broad range of services, from fillings to reconstructive surgery. Patients are cared for by students and residents under faculty supervision.

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Each year, we enroll 100 DDS and 40 dental hygiene students. UTSD students gain clinical skills at on-site clinics, hospitals, and through community outreach projects. Advanced and continuing education programs are offered as well.

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UTSD excels in several areas of research, including the biomedical and clinical sciences, education, dental informatics, and much more. Our research programs benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and world-renowned faculty.


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September 23, 2019
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The Texas Academy of General Dentistry has named UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston Dean John A. Valenza, DDS '81 as Texas Dentist of the Year™ for 2019. 




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September 12, 2019

Department of Pediatric Dentistry Chair and Professor Gregory Olson, DDS, MSc, and two UTHealth alumni were inducted into the American College of Dentists in September.