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Weather Alert: Oct. 27, 2021

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch through 4 p.m. today as a strong cold front, heavy rainfall, and potentially damaging winds move through the Greater Houston area. You may have received the National Weather Service (NWS) push notifications to your portable device via your phone cell provider.

UTHealth Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management is monitoring weather conditions in the Texas Medical Center and will provide UTHealth Alert updates if a threat is detected.

Weather-related warnings are always based on conditions within the Texas Medical Center. Please continue to monitor your local weather conditions and news outlets for your safety.

In case of an emergency, ensure you have contact information at hand to communicate to your supervisor or instructor should you find yourself at risk during inclement weather.

Maria A. Loza, DMD, MS

Dr. Maria A. Loza, DMD, MS
  • Title: Professor & Chair, Department of Restorative Dentistry & Prosthodontics
  • Office: SOD-5444
  • Phone: 713-486-4274
  • Email:
  • Administrative Area(s): Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
  • Education:

    DMD | University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1994
    MS, Oral Biology | Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, Ga., 1996
    Prosthodontics Certificate | Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, Ga., 1996

Professor Maria A. Loza, DMD, MS, FACP, is chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.  Dr. Loza is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine (UPR-SDM), where she earned her dental degree, followed by a certificate in prosthodontics and a master’s degree in oral biology from the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University in 1996. She returned to UPR-SDM as a professor in the Restorative Sciences Department and served as Prosthodontics Section Director and Program Director of the Prosthodontics Postdoctoral Program. Before leaving UPR-SDM, she was the Dental Implant Coordinator and represented the school in the Medical Sciences Campus Academic Senate.

In 2000, she became a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics, recertifying in 2008 and 2016. Dr. Loza is currently working toward becoming an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Accredited Fellow. 

She holds the Yun J. Ahn and Song Ahn, DDS, Professorship in Implant Dentistry.

Clinical Interests

Esthetic and functional restoration and replacement of teeth.

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish