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UT’s dental school in Houston is now UTSD

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:03pm

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On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, “The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston” became the new name of the UT School of Dentistry, marking a return to the name the school held when it became part of UT System in 1943. 

Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, an alumnus of the Class of 1981, led the drive to change the school’s name in a bid to end confusion about whether “dental branch” referred to a school, a department, or some other entity.  The name has also sometimes been confused with “UT Medical Branch” in Galveston. UT System Regents approved the name change in February.

The dental school remains part of the UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and will use the initials “UTSD” on second reference, or UTHealth School of Dentistry.  The School of Dental Hygiene is now the “Dental Hygiene Program,” and the School of Postdoctoral Studies will be known as “Advanced Education Programs.”  

The process of changing the university and dental school’s websites, directories, publications, signage, social media sites, etc. has begun and will continue for several weeks. 

In mid-2012, UTSD will get a new phone number and address (7500 Cambridge Street), when a 300,000-square-foot replacement building is completed in the UT Research Park on the Texas Medical Center’s South Campus.