UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Cappelli, David P

Dental School
Comprehensive Dentistry
(210) 567-3186

David P. Cappelli DMD, MPH, PhD, Professor, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, received both his DMD and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, School of Public Health. Dr. Cappelli completed his residency education in dental public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Department of Community Dentistry and was awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Cappelli is appointed as a Professor with Tenure in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, School of Dentistry. He serves as the Director of the Research Division, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Interim Associate Dean for Research. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Cappelli served as Interim Chair, Department of Community Dentistry and Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs. He is appointed to the faculty of the UT-Houston Health Science Center School of Public Health and the UTHSCSA School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Cappelli developed an extensive career in research, education and service. Dr. Cappelli received two awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) totaling $3.75 million dollars in 2016. Through these grants, he created educational opportunities for dental public health residents across the US and expand the dental public health workforce. In 2011, Dr. Cappelli was awarded $3.1 million dollars from HRSA for his research. One of these grants, Pre-doctoral Education in Dental Public Health, sought to maintain and improve a comprehensive pre-doctoral dental public health curriculum. He received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study oral-systemic linkages using a non-human primate model, including periodontal disease and pre-term birth/low birth weight and periodontal disease and HIV. Dr. Cappelli directs a residency program in dental public health that is also funded by HRSA. He co-authored a textbook in 2008, Prevention in Clinical Oral Health Care, describing risk-based prevention strategies. He co-directs the course for first year dental students, Foundations of Tooth Development, Oral Health and Disease, and teaches in the dental and dental hygiene curriculum. Dr. Cappelli served as a leader in several national and state organizations, including the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), American Public Health Association, American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the International and American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR). Dr. Cappelli is a CODA site visitor for the specialty of Dental Public Health. He completed the ADEA Leadership Institute and the LEAD Institute at UTHSCSA. He was awarded the UTHSCSA Presidential Teaching Excellence Award in 2015 and was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers in 2016. In 2016, Dr. Cappelli was awarded the University of Texas (UT) Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Cappelli served as President of AAPHD, and currently as a member of the Advisory Board of the San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic, Board of Directors of the Texas Oral Health Coalition, and founding member of the San Antonio Regional Oral Health Coalition.

9/2016 - Present Interim Associate Dean for Research and Associate Dean School of Dentistry, San Antonio, TX
9/2013 - Present Professor with Tenure and Director University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio, TX
8/2010 - Present Director, Research Division Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX
9/2007 - Present Adjunct Associate Professor Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX
2/2006 - Present Adjunct Associate Professor UT Health Science Center-Houston School of Public Health, Epidemiology, Houston, TX
6/2005 - Present Dental Public Health Residency Director Department of Community/Comprehensive Dentistry, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX