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School of Dentistry Building Many Faces. One Mission. Dr. Dharini van der Hoeven (center) holds her National Student Research Group Mentor of the Year plaque, while flanked by officers from the UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry Student Research Group.

Commencement 2022

UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry saw 184 students (108 doctorate of dental surgery, 32 dental hygiene, and 44 advanced education) cross the stage during its 117th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, from Minute Maid Park.

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Student Research Group, coordinator recognized by AADOCR

The UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry Student Research Group and Student Research Coordinator Dharini van der Hoeven, MSc, PhD, each received awards from the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research in March. SRG received the Outstanding Local Student Research Group Chapter Award, while van der Hoeven was named the National Student Research Group Mentor of the Year.

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School of Dentistry

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 dental school is part of UTHealth Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston), joining schools of medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical sciences, and biomedical informatics.

The School of Dentistry offers 11 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two primary care general residency programs, and advanced education programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics, plus dual-degree programs in partnership with the UTHealth School of Public Health and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and a joint certificate program with MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Preceptor programs are also available.

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Known by several names throughout its history, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry 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. UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry 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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UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry 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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School of Dentistry, Cooley Center celebrate 10 years on Cambridge Street & East Road

June 16, 2022
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Just over a decade ago, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry relocated to the south campus of the Texas Medical Center and UTHealth Houston opened its first free-standing University Life Center next door. To celebrate this momentous milestone, the School of Dentistry, in conjunction with Auxiliary Enterprises, held a Texas-style barbeque on June 8 in the courtyard of the Denton A. Cooley, MD, and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS, University Life Center.


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