UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Baez, Martha X

Dental School
Comprehensive Dentistry
(210) 567-3193
baezm@uthscsa.edu

I am an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. I serve as Faculty Advisory and Sponsoring the Hispanic Dental Students Association. I maintain contact with pre-dental students, providing mentoring and shadowing opportunities in community settings. I am former Director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence Dentistry that functioned in the Dental School which included various programs aiming to assist pre-dental and dental students to become more competitive and excel during their career training. Bilingual English-Spanish proficiency is very important to properly communicate with Hispanic patients particularly those that are Spanish-speaking only. Thus, I serve as a translator and interpreter with professional knowledge in terminology used in research and health care, and cultural competence issues as related to oral health care which is definitive factor on utilization of oral health services as well as on health promotion and disease prevention efforts. I am former President of the Hispanic Dental Association, a national professional organization that aims to optimize oral health of Hispanic population in the USA.

My main research interests are community-based studies with a primary focus on oral health promotion and dental disease prevention.
I have collaborated with international scientists on conducting total fluoride exposure studies including renal fluoride excretion and I have coauthored articles addressing this topic.

In the USA I have worked towards factors associated with the influence of maternal acculturation on young childrens oral health. I have served as consultant to various professional organizations in the USA, Mexico, Romania, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jamaica and Dominican Republic to addresses programs for combining academic and service efforts, particularly as related to organization of extramural preventive programs for dental students.

By invitation, I have been distinguished with honorary membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society Mu NU Chapter at UTHSCSA and into the Academy of Dentistry International (ADI) which is the International Honor Society for Dentists; honorary fellowship is conferred upon non-dentists who have contributed to the advancement of the dental profession or who have made other such contributions to society as to warrant such an honor.The decision for granting me honorary fellowship was based on outstanding professional achievements, commitment and trajectory record in dental education, promoting oral health and serving the community in the areas of disease prevention.

9/2010 - Present Associate Professor UT Health Science Center, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio, TX
9/2000 - Present Tenured UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX