Dr. Lily Garcia heads prosthodontics department
Dr. Lily T. Garcia is the new chairman of the Dental School's department of prosthodontics. Her appointment was effective July 1. She replaces Dr. Edmund Cavazos, who served as interim chairman following Dr. William Kuebker's retirement last August.
Dr. Garcia, an alumna of the Health Science Center, returns to San Antonio from the chairmanship of restorative dentistry at the University of Colorado.
"We are excited to have Dr. Garcia return to South Texas and the Health Science Center," said Dr. Kenneth Kalkwarf, dental dean. "She brings a background and skills that are synergistic to the abundant talents of our prosthodontics faculty."
In accepting the position, Dr. Garcia is returning to the site of her training in prosthodontics. After earning her dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, she earned a certificate and a master of science in prosthodontics from the Health Science Center.
Following her graduation, Dr. Garcia remained as an assistant professor in the departments of prosthodontics and general dentistry in San Antonio. She was on faculty at the International Dental Academy in Tokyo, Japan, prior to accepting a position at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.
In addition to maintaining a private practice since graduation, Dr. Garcia has taught numerous courses in all aspects of the specialty and has been involved in research in several fields, including education modalities in prosthodontics.
She has won awards including the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center's Everyday Hero award, Rocky Mountain Professor of the Year award and Chancellor's Teaching Award, and she is an active member of the Pi Rho Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honorary society.
She is the co-author of a text on osseointegration and occlusal rehabilitation, editor of several dental textbooks and atlases, and an author on many published papers and abstracts in the field.
She is a member of professional organizations including the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Dental Education Association and the Academy of Osseointegration, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Prosthodontics and the boards of several other journals.
"The department of prosthodontics at the Health Science Center is recognized as one of the premier groups of prosthodontists in the country and has led the specialty in teaching the discipline to provide a solid foundation for the graduating general dentist," Dr. Garcia said.
"To become chair of this department is a unique opportunity and privilege," she said. "I look forward to working with the faculty and incredible support staff that enable their continued professional development. The phrase Dr. Kalkwarf used in our discussions related to `coming home' is very close to the truth, since I have family in neighboring cities and my father still practices as an independent pharmacist in Alice, Texas. It is so nice to be back!"