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Dr. Lily Garcia Named Dean of UNLV SDM

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Lily GarciaThe University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost named Lily T. García, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, as Dean of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine (UNLV SDM), effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Dr. García currently serves as Associate Dean for Education at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics, where she focuses on assessing and improving educational programs. She coordinates teaching and learning programs and serves as a key contact for curriculum management and tracking educational trends.

“Lily García is an exceptional leader whose research and teaching have been nationally recognized,” Provost Diane Z. Chase, Ph.D. says. “We are eager to see her implement her vision for the school of dental medicine and help us move forward with our aim of becoming an Academic Health Center.”

Dr. García’s advocacy and leadership have been recognized by the Hispanic Dental Association, and she received an ADEA Presidential Citation in 2011. She also served as Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors in 2015.

As Dean of the UNLV SDM, Dr. García plans to work with the university’s health-related schools and help students prepare for practicing dentistry as a vital part of a person’s overall well-being. Her priorities will be to strengthen faculty through filling a number of openings, and expand the school’s ties to community partners and friends within dentistry and among state and local leaders.

“I want students not only to feel UNLV is a great learning environment, but that Nevada is a great place to grow professionally and to thrive in their practices while providing good oral health care for our community,” Dr. Garcia says, adding that UNLV’s vision for an Academic Health Center is forward thinking for students, community well-being and economic development.

Dr. García is a sought-after lecturer and has published numerous articles and abstracts. She has co-authored and edited numerous textbooks, including Removable Partial Dentures: A Clinician’s Guide, Physical Evaluation in Dental Practice. She co-edited the 2019 Dental Clinics of North America–Prosthodontics. She has served on editorial boards of dental journals, including the Editorial Council for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. She is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

Courtesy of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The full article is available here.

Published on August 14, 2019

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