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Director named for Maxillofacial Prosthetics Center (1/30/97)

The University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio Dental School has appointed Mark Pigno, DDS, as director of the Maxillofacial Prosthetics Tertiary Care Center. Dr. Pigno has been an assistant professor at the Health Science Center since 1993.

Services offered by the Maxillofacial Prosthetics Tertiary Care Center include fabrication of special prostheses for head and neck cancer patients, trauma patients, and patients with craniofacial anomalies (cleft palates, birth defects, etc.). Typically, the prostheses are necessary to enable patients to swallow, talk, and chew following cancer surgery, trauma, or a birth defect.

Facial prostheses to replace missing noses, ears, and eyes are also fabricated at the center. The staff at the center work together with surgeons, radiotherapists, dentists, and speech pathologists as part of multidisciplinary treatment teams. The center serves the South Texas area and is the only one of its kind in San Antonio.

"My goal is to provide quality maxillofacial prosthetic support services for referring health care providers and quality maxillofacial prosthetic care for patients in need of these services," says Dr. Pigno. He hopes to increase awareness of the center by informing area health care providers of the services provided and the impact maxillofacial prosthetic treatment can have on improving the quality of patient care. Additional information concerning the center is available by calling 567-6440.

Dr. Pigno received his bachelor of science degree in 1985 from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1989 and completed a residency in prosthodontics in 1991. He also completed a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1992. He taught prosthodontics at the University of Missouri before coming to the Health Science Center.