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Shalizeh "Shelly" A. Patel, DDS, MEd

Dr. Shalizeh
  • Title: Director of Clinical Simulation | Associate Professor
  • Office: SOD-5442
  • Phone: 713-486-4269
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  • Department/Administrative Area: Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, Student and Academic Affairs
  • Education:

    DDS | UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, 2001

Dr. Shalizeh A. “Shelly” Patel is an associate professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Dr. Patel is Director of Clinical Simulation for the School of Dentistry and teaches Clinical Restorative Dentistry to second-, third- and fourth-year dental students. In addition, she designed didactic, lab and clinic-based teaching curriculum in Operative, Simulation and laser education at UTSD.

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

Dr. Patel is an honored recipient of the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Excellence in Teaching Award (2019) and the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s TH Maiman Award for Excellence in Laser Research (2019). At the School of Dentistry she has been twice named recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Awards for teaching (2012, 2015) and most recently the Dean’s Excellence Award for Mentoring (2019). Furthermore, students elected Dr. Patel to win the John Freeman Award of Outstanding Non-Clinical Teaching (2014).

Dr. Patel has completed both ADEA Leadership Institute (national) and the UTHealth Health Educators Fellowship Program (institutional). In 2019, she earned a master's degree in education, curriculum and instruction in health science education from the University of Houston.