By Rosanne Fohn
Two faculty members from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School are assuming national leadership posts and a third has been accepted as a fellow of the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute.
Kenneth Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the Dental School, has been named vice president of the American College of Dentists (ACD). Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., professor and director of the Division of Advanced Education and External Affairs in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, was named president of the American College of Prosthodontists. And Bjorn Steffensen, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., has been accepted as a fellow in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.Dr. Kalkwarf ACD vice president
The ACD, of which Dr. Kalkwarf is now vice president, is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists and selects less than 3 percent of U.S. dentists to be part of its fellowship, one of the profession’s highest honors. Dr. Kalkwarf, who also is a professor of periodontics, is one of 26 UT Health Science Center Dental School faculty members who are fellows of the ACD.
“Over the past few years, the ACD has developed a great program to allow health professionals to assess the ethical and professional challenges that face us in today’s complex environment,” Dr. Kalkwarf said. “My goal is to move this program and the discussions it stimulates into the grassroots of our profession — and into our educational programs.”
Dr. Garcia president of the ACP
|Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., professor and director of the Division of Advanced Education and External Affairs in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, has been named president of the American College of Prosthodontists.|
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Dr. Garcia, the new president of the ACP, is an accomplished author, having published numerous articles and abstracts. She has edited several dental textbooks, served as a reviewer and editorial board member for several scientific journals, and co-authored the text “Osseointegration and Occlusal Rehabilitation.” She is a diplomate and fellow of the ACP.
“In my new role, I am moving advocacy for prosthodontics and prothodontists to the forefront of the ACP. We have developed several initiatives involving the American Dental Association (ADA), other ADA-recognized specialty organizations and the Academy of General Dentists on a national level,” Dr. Garcia said. “Dental specialists represent approximately 20 percent of all dentists and represent leaders across the spectrum of private practice and academic institutions.” Dr. Steffensen new ADEA leadership fellow
Dr. Steffenson is associate dean for research and a professor of periodontics in the Dental School, and a professor of biochemistry in the School of Medicine.
His yearlong ADEA fellowship program, beginning in March, is designed to develop the nation’s most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become leaders in dental and higher education.
|Bjorn Steffensen, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., has been accepted as a fellow in the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute.|
Dr. Steffensen teaches dental students and postdoctoral residents topics ranging from basic biology to clinical periodontology. He also heads an active research program focusing on the biology of the extracellular matrix in health and disease. In addition, he directs the National Institutes of Health-funded Craniofacial Oral-Biology Student Training in Academic Research (COSTAR) comprehensive research training program for students and fellows engaged in craniofacial-oral biology research training at the Health Science Center.
“I have heard many good things about the ADEA Leadership Institute from colleagues at the Health Science Center and other institutions. I look forward to the experiences that I may gain and which ultimately will benefit our school and university,” Dr. Steffensen said.