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Antonio Darios Cardenas, DDS, MS

 Antonio Darios Cardenas, DDS, MS
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Office: SOD-5408
  • Phone: 713-486-4178
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  • Department/Administrative Area: Pediatric Dentistry
  • Education:

    DDS | Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
    MS | University of Illinois, Chicago 

Dr. Antonio D. Cardenas is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UTHealth School of Dentistry. He is a consultant to, past president and founding member of the Colombian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Cardenas is professor emeritus at Corporación de Estudios para la Salud (CES) in Medellin, Colombia, where he taught for more than 25 years.  He founded the first postgraduate program in pediatric dentistry in Colombia. He was head of postgraduate studies at CES from 1982 to 1994. In addition to his involvement in academics, Dr. Cardenas was also in private practice for more than 30 years.

He has been a guest lecturer in Colombia and several other Latin American countries, including Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Peru. Dr. Cardenas authored the textbook, "Fundamentos de Odontologia Pediatrica” (Fundamentals of Pediatric Dentistry), which is now in its fifth edition and is widely used by several dental schools in Colombia and South America. He is also co-author of two other textbooks, namely, “Early Orthodontic Treatment” with Dr. Gonzalo A. Uribe and “Dental Emergencies” with Dr. Jose N. Radi.  

Dr. Cardenas currently practices a half-day a week at the pediatric faculty group practice. 

Clinical Interests

Dental traumatology
Preventive and interceptive orthodontics 

Memberships & Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry  
International Association of Dental Traumatology  
Colombian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry  
Latin American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 

Languages Spoken

English and Spanish 

Practice Location

UTHealth Pediatric Dentistry Faculty Group Practice
Houston Medical Center Plaza
6655 Travis St., Suite 460, Houston, TX 77030