Dr. Nikola Angelov
It was not easy to lure Nikola Angelov, DDS, MS, PhD, from a picturesque community in southern California to chair the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, but Angelov believes UTSD is a rising institution poised to achieve even greater distinction.
The commitment of the school’s leadership and faculty to become a world-class center for dental education and research makes UTSD an exciting place to be, Angelov said. UTSD is not afraid of ambitious goals, and the periodontics and dental hygiene programs are aiming for national prominence, he added.
“The research and clinical facilities here are amazing,” Angelov said. “In five years our department can be on the map, a highly recognized and respected brand to everyone in the field.”
Angelov, who officially took the helm of the department on June 1, has a 20-year career as a dental educator and researcher, most recently at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where he was a professor in the Department of Periodontics and director of the predoctoral periodontal program.
“With his strong record in, and appreciation of, both research and dental education, Dr. Angelov was an ideal choice to lead the department,” said Dean John Valenza, DDS. “Faculty and students will welcome his thoughtful leadership and open, accessible style. Dr. Angelov is a valuable addition to UTSD, who will work with his colleagues to take the department to new heights.”
During his first week on the job, Angelov lined up numerous meetings with departmental faculty to get acquainted, discuss strengths and weaknesses, and to begin devising a plan of action. Among his top priorities will be faculty advancement and research. UTSD’s new research space is now on par with the very best, and periodontology overlaps with burgeoning research ventures in various diseases and oral cancers, Angelov said.
A native of Macedonia, Angelov earned his DDS and master’s degree in periodontology, followed by a PhD in oral pathology and periodontology from Saints Cyril and Methodius University, where he was also a clinical dentist and faculty member.
He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in oral infection and immunity with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a division of the National Institutes of Health, before joining the Loma Linda faculty in 2004 and eventually rising to full professor.
Angelov is no stranger to UTSD; in 2011, he was named an adjunct scientist with the school’s Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics.
Although his professional career has been centered in academia, Angelov has also worked part-time in private practice. His wife, also a dentist, has a successful general practice in California. The family plans to join Angelov in Houston next year.