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|Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, is a professor and director of the Division of Advanced Education and External Affairs in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. She has been involved in national dental organizations for years. She currently serves as president of the American College of Prosthodontists.|
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SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 14, 2012) ― Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, a faculty member of the Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is the recipient of the 2012 Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) Women’s Leadership Award.
Dr. Garcia is a professor and director of the Division of Advanced Education and External Affairs in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the UT Health Science Center. She assumed the presidency of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP)
in November 2011.Service, education, advocacy and leadership
The HDA’s dedication to the elimination of oral health disparities begins with service and education, and continues through advocacy and leadership. Presented by the HDA Board of Trustees, the Women’s Leadership Award recognizes and honors women who have helped to advance the HDA mission, displayed exceptional character and distinguished themselves as outstanding role models in the field of dentistry through service, education, advocacy and leadership.
“To receive recognition from my colleagues, who represent my cultural heritage and have experienced similar challenges to achieve excellence in our profession, is so special to me,” Dr. Garcia said. “As advocates for strong dental education and best practices in oral health, we strive to improve patient outcomes.Leadership in the ACP
Dr. Garcia, the first female Hispanic president of the ACP, began her one-year term Nov. 2, 2011. This has been a year of national advocacy and collaboration among the dental specialty organizations, and Dr. Garcia has led a comprehensive strategic plan for the ACP’s future. She also led the ACP’s sponsorship of the Ad Council’s first oral health campaign in its 70-year history, Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives
, among other promotional efforts to raise awareness for the specialty of prosthodontics.
“As a prosthodontist, I know that oral health is part of our overall well-being," Dr. Garcia said.Other service to the profession on the national level
In other national service for the profession, Dr. Garcia led a task force for the American Dental Education Association to create guidelines for interactions between academia and industry, which serve as a reference for all dental education entities on a national level, as well as for other professional organizations.
An accomplished author and editor of numerous articles, abstracts and dental textbooks, Dr. Garcia is a "smile expert" quoted in WebMD
and was quoted as a prosthodontic expert for a baby boomer insert in USA Today
. She has served as a reviewer and editorial board member for several scientific journals. She also co-authored two texts, “Removable Partial Dentures – A Clinician’s Guide” and “Osseointegration and Occlusal Rehabilitation.”
Dr. Garcia is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a fellow of the ACP. She maintains a prosthodontics practice through the UT Health Science Center Faculty Practice Dental Clinic.
The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization whose membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics.###The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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