UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Startzell, James M

Dental School
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Startzell and his wife of 40 years, Cheryl, reside in Leon Springs, Texas. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Startzell?s early years were spent in Pennsylvania and Maryland. He was a cadet at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, graduating with a B.S. in Biology in 1968. During the waning years of the Viet Nam era, he served four years as a nuclear missile launch controller in the Air Force, and then returned to graduate school at the University of Tennessee where he lectured in biology and taught physiology and anatomy labs. His research and thesis was in radioimmunology and he was inducted into Phi Sigma, the research honor society. After completing his M.S. in Zoology, he attended dental school on an Army scholarship at Washington University in Saint Louis, graduating Cum Laude in 1978. He was accepted for a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry internship at Fort Jackson, S.C. and subsequently served as a general dentist in Mainz, Germany for four years. Surgical training followed at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.
From 1985-1990 he was responsible for oral & maxillofacial surgery services at Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center, serving as the OMS specialty provider for over 90 referring dentists in central Germany and managing trauma cases from that area, northern Germany, and north Africa. Additional duties there included teaching ACLS and being chief of the hospital?s Medical Contingency Response Team.
During Operation Desert Storm Dr. Startzell was assigned to the 12th Evacuation Hospital in northern Saudi Arabia and served as its Deputy Commander for Clinical Services. He returned to the U.S. in 1991 for a Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at LSU, Shreveport, where his primary interest was in cosmetic and trauma procedures and clinical instruction of Residents. In 1992 he was assigned to the OMS Residency Program at Brooke Army Medical Center, where he was Residency Program Director and Chief of Hospital Dentistry from 1993-1997. In 1997 he retired from the Army to accept the position of Residency Program Director at UTHSC in San Antonio. His duties included administering the Program, providing major and minor surgical services to patients, and teaching surgical residents, and medical and dental students. In 2009 he left the Health Science Center to provide surgical services for analgesic research studies and subsequently operated in several private OMS practices in the San Antonio area.
In 2014 Dr. Startzell returned to UTHSCSA OMS to instruct dental students and residents, with an additional interest in contributing to the Department?s formal didactic programs.
Dr. Startzell is Board Certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is a Fellow of AAOMS and the American College of Dentists. He has received numerous teaching awards from OMS residents, the UTHSCSA Faculty Leadership Award, and was the first recipient of UTHSCSA?s James E. Bauerle Professorship.

7/2014 - Present Assistant Professor/Clinical UTHSCSA, School of Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, San Antonio, TX