Rade D. Paravina, DDS, MS, PhD is a tenured Professor at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston and Director of Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics (HCBB). He also holds the Ralph C. Cooley, DDS Distinguished Professorship in Biomaterials, an endowment created by world-renowned heart surgeon Denton A. Cooley, MD. Dr. Paravina has authored/co-edited two books: Fundamentals of Color: Shade Matching and Communication in Esthetic Dentistry (Quintessence Publishing 2011) and Esthetic Color Training in Dentistry (Elsevier 2004), two software programs, one educational CD, and more than 200 other peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Paravina designed/developed several dental products and tests. Together with Vita Zahnfabrik he designed two shade guides, Linearguide 3D Master and Bleachedguide 3D Master. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has executed licensing agreements with Vita Zahnfabrik dealing with commercialization of these two shade guides. He has developed Dental Color Matcher, a free online and offline educational and training program for esthetic dentistry, and the scientific protocol for evaluating "chameleon effect" of dental materials.
Dr. Paravina is Founder and Past President of the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry (SCAD). He is a recipient of the 2011 E. B. Clark Award, SCAD award for lifetime achievement, and the 2014 Jerome M. and Dorothy Schweitzer Research Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. He serves as editor of the Color and Appearance in Dentistry, a permanent bi-annual issue of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and editorial board member for the Journal of Dentistry, Clinical Oral Investigations, Journal of Prosthodontics, Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and the American Journal of Dentistry.
Dr. Paravina lectures nationally and internationally on various topics associated with color and appearance in esthetic dentistry.