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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.

Dianna M. Arriaga, DDS, MEd

 Dianna M. Arriaga, DDS, MEd
  • Title: Assistant Professor, Group Practice Director
  • Office: SOD - 2540
  • Phone: 713-486-4264
  • Email:
  • Department: General Practice and Dental Public Health
  • Administrative Area(s): General Practice and Dental Public Health
  • Education:

    DDS | The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
    MEd | University of Houston

Dr. Arriaga is an assistant professor in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health. Her primary position at the school is as first attending in Clinic Practice. She obtained her dental degree from The University of Texas School of Dentistry (then UT Dental Branch) in 1985. Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Arriaga was recognized with her induction into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Fraternity. Her other awards include Psi Omega Fraternity National Council Scholastic Achievement Award, DENTSPLY International Merit Award and The American Association of Endodontic Certificate of Merit Award. Dr. Arriaga also holds a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

After a successful 27-year career in private practice, Dr. Arriaga turned her sights on her true passion: dental education. Since her appointment to the UTSD faculty in 2010, she has been engaged in teaching predoctoral general dentistry. Her efforts focus in the area of CAD/CAM dentistry, and she has served as lead faculty member for the implementation of CAD/CAM dentistry at the school. Dr. Arriaga has served in other leadership roles in preclinical education, clinic, and committee work and faculty development.

She also serves our country as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. In 2015, she completed a master's degree in education from the University of Houston.