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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.

Shalizeh (Shelly) Patel, DDS, MEd

Dr. Shalizeh (Shelly) Patel, DDS, MEd
  • Title: Interim Associate Dean for Patient Care; Associate Professor; Director of Clinical Simulation
  • Office: SOD-3510
  • Phone: 713-486-4014
  • Email:
  • Department: Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
  • Administrative Area(s): Patient Care, Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, Student and Academic Affairs
  • Education:

    DDS | UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, 2001
    MEd | University of Houston, 2019

Dr. Shalizeh A. “Shelly” Patel is the interim associate dean for patient care. Dr. Patel is also an associate professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics and serves as director of clinical simulation. She teaches clinical restorative dentistry to dental students and designs didactic, lab, and clinic-based teaching curriculum in operative dentistry, simulation, and laser dentistry.

She is principal investigator/collaborator/mentor in several research projects in the field of caries diagnosis/management, advances in teaching and learning, laser dentistry and virtual reality in health care. These efforts have led to scholarly publications, a textbook chapter, and countless presentations at state, national and international levels.

Dr. Patel is a 2019 recipient of the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Excellence in Teaching Award and the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Laser Research. In 2020, she was inducted into The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, MD, Academy of Health Science Education and recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Professor by UTHealth.

At UTSD, Dr. Patel has also been recognized with the John H. Freeman Award for Faculty Teaching (2014), Dean’s Excellence Awards for Teaching (2012, 2015), Dean’s Excellence Award for Mentoring (2019) and Dean's Excellence Award for Application (2020). Dr. Patel has completed both the ADEA Leadership Institute and the UTHealth Health Educators Fellowship Program. In 2019, she earned a master’s degree in education, curriculum, and instruction in health science education from the University of Houston.