UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Challa, Suman N.

Dental School
Comprehensive Dentistry
(210) 567-3188
challas@uthscsa.edu

Dr. Suman Challa completed his residency education in Dental Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Community Dentistry. He was awarded Diplomate Status by the American Board of Dental Public Health, joining a distinguished group of only 146 other diplomats in the USA. Dr. Challa serves as the Interim Assistant Dean for the Advanced Education Programs & Strategic Initiatives for the Dental School. He also currently serves as the Program Director for the residency program in Dental Public Health at UTHSCSA-Dental School. He directs several courses for pre-doctoral dental students focused on promoting oral health and disease prevention for individuals and populations. He has contributed to numerous impactful public health activities, including starting school-based oral health prevention programs in Laredo, TX. He is also involved with the Head Start and School-based Oral Health Prevention Program in San Antonio, TX, which delivers preventive care to more than 18,000 at-risk children per year. Dr. Challa directs two research grant projects funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He also serves as the Principal Investigator on a $5.7 Million Oral health improvement for Nursing Homes CMS funded project. His recent pilot grant to explore early life exposure to environmental pollutants in childhood obesity has yielded preliminary sound data that would contribute to the generation of a significant NIH-project centered on genetic epidemiology and translational research related to childhood obesity and its related diseases. He also serves in many local and national organizations such as the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) and the American Association of Dental Research (AADR).

8/2019 - Present Assistant Dean and Advanced Education Programs & Strategic Initiatives UTHSCSA, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio, TX
10/2018 - Present Division Director of Dental Public Health and Division Director of Dental Public Health Comprehensive Dentistry, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio, TX
2/2018 - Present Residency Director and Program Director-Dental Public Health Residency UTHSCSA, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio, TX
9/2016 - Present Associate Professor UTHSCSA -Dental School, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio, TX