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Ralph A. Cooley, DDS

 Ralph A. Cooley, DDS
  • Title: Assistant Dean, Admissions & Student Services; Associate Professor
  • Office: SOD-5314
  • Phone: 713-486-4293
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  • Department/Administrative Area: General Practice and Dental Public Health, Student and Academic Affairs
  • Education:

    DDS | Texas A&M University (Baylor) College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas
    BA | Rice University, Houston, Texas

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services Ralph Cooley, DDS, joined the faculty in 1991 after 14 years as an attending in the General Practice Residency program one day a week. 

He has been involved with organized dentistry in many capacities. He is a past president of the Texas Academy of General Dentistry and served on the national Academy of General Dentistry Board of Directors for six years, the American Dental Association's Council on Dental Benefit Programs, and the ADA's Code Revision Committee. He has been a delegate to the Texas Dental Association House of Delegates, the AGD House, and the ADA House. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Dental Quality Alliance and the AGD Foundation Board.

Dr. Cooley was named Texas Dentist of the Year™ in 2009 and was awarded the Texas Academy of General Dentistry Lifetime Service Award. He is a fellow of the International College of Dentists. 

At UTSD, he assumed new duties as assistant dean for admissions and student services on Aug. 1, 2017 after serving as a first attending in the Green Practice since 2014 and as admissions coordinator and vice chair of the Admissions Committee for the school since 2016.