School of Dentistry

Administrative Officers

  • Acting Dean - José Luis Bermúdez, PhD
  • Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs - Stephen J. Griffin, DDS
  • Associate Dean, Student Affairs - Ernestine S. Lacy, DDS
  • Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies - M. K. Nair, DMD, MS, PhD
  • Interim Associate Dean, Academic Affairs - Lynne A. Opperman, PhD
  • Interim Associate Dean, Research - Kathy K. Svoboda, MS, PhD
  • Assistant Dean, Curriculum - Sarah Parker Allen, DDS, MS
  • Assistant Dean, Clinical Education - Jennifer J. Barrington, DDS
  • Assistant Dean, Finance - Sarah Barron, MEd
  • Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Admissions - Barbara H. Miller, DDS, MS

General Statement

The School of Dentistry has been a distinguished resource for dental education in Texas for more than 100 years and is dedicated to combining higher education and research with community service.

Known internationally for producing excellent clinicians, the school opened in 1905. Since then, it has graduated more than 8,000 dentists and dental hygienists. Nearly one-third of all dentists in Texas are School of Dentistry graduates. The school also graduates a large number of dental hygienists with bachelor’s degrees in the state. In addition to a doctor of dental surgery and bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, postdoctoral certificate and degree programs are offered.

Today, the school works toward innovative treatments, leading-edge technology, and better ways to deliver care. It not only ensures that Texas has qualified generations of dentists, dental hygienists, and scientists, but also provides care for patients who have no other access to oral health care.

This program prepares students for the opportunity to pursue an occupational license.  Please refer to the Notification for Students Pursuing an Occupational License in our catalog for additional information.  If you are unsure if your program is affected by the recent approval of this new law (HB 1508), you will need to contact the accrediting agency and inquire.

Location

The School of Dentistry is located in Dallas, Texas, adjacent to the rapidly expanding Baylor University Medical Center. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is an area noted for the vigor, optimism, and friendliness of its population. The ever-changing skyline reflects the continuing growth of the area.

Opportunities for educational, cultural, and religious enrichment are numerous. Within a 100-mile radius of Dallas are more than 40 colleges and universities. Dallas has a professional theater, opera, symphony, and dance companies. Among the many museums and galleries in the area, the Dallas Museum of Art has received international acclaim for both its design and its exhibits.

For sports enthusiasts, Dallas has professional and college football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer teams. The metroplex annually hosts competitions in golf, tennis, bowling, soccer, and running that attracts many of the world’s best athletes. Numerous lakes and parks provide recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, jogging, biking, and horseback riding.

Dallas is served by a variety of transportation modes, including several interstate highways, the Amtrak rail system, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with many major and feeder airline connections, is one of the busiest air terminals in the nation. Airline connections also can be made at nearby Love Field, which is a 20-minute car ride from the school.

The School of Dentistry is centrally located in the city of Dallas, about one mile east of the downtown business district. This is an area where restored historic homes and varied types of new construction create diverse neighborhoods. The Texas State Fairgrounds and the downtown arts district, with its world-class performance halls and art museum, help make this part of Dallas an exciting place to live and work. Living accommodations are located as close as one block from the campus.

Office of Recruitment and Admissions
School of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Ave., Suite 525
Dallas, TX 75246
(214) 828-8231
https://dentistry.tamu.edu/