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Shalizeh (Shelly) Patel, DDS, MEd

Dr. Shalizeh (Shelly) Patel, DDS, MEd
  • Title: Associate Professor; Director of Clinical Simulation
  • Office: SOD-5442
  • Phone: 713-486-4269
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  • Department: Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
  • Administrative Area(s): 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 an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics and also serves as Director of Clinical Simulation. 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 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). 

Dr. Patel 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 health care. 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 T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Laser Research (2019). In 2014, first- and second-year dental students selected her as winner of the John H. Freeman Award for Faculty Teaching. At the School of Dentistry, she has won Dean’s Excellence Awards for Teaching (2012, 2015) and in 2019 won the Dean’s Excellence Award for Mentoring. In 2020, she won a Dean's Excellence Award for application, in recognition of her work with Dr. Juliana Barros in applied laser technology. 

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.