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James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

Dean's Message

Dr. BlantonWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia L. Blanton, D.D.S., Ph.D., as interim dean of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Blanton has been a professor in the Department of Stomatology since 2014, while also serving as a practicing clinician. She spent a large part of her academic career at the Baylor College of Dentistry and the Baylor University Graduate School, where she is now professor emerita. During her tenure at Baylor, Dr. Blanton demonstrated notable achievement as an academic administrator, educator, extramurally funded researcher and clinician. Her primary fields of academic and clinical interest are periodontics, oral medicine and anatomy, in which she has mentored numerous colleagues at the start of their academic career and has published numerous scientific articles.

She enjoys national respect in her profession of academic dentistry and has served in many leadership roles, including president of the Dallas County Dental Society, president of the Texas Dental Association, vice president of the American Dental Association, president of the American College of Dentists, commissioner with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), consultant for the American College of Dentists Foundation Board, a member of the ADA Presidential Taskforce on the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of the Texas Dental Association, among many other accomplishments.

Dr. Blanton is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions during her tenure at Baylor University, including nomination to the Texas Women┬╣s Hall of Fame for Health and Research, the Baylor College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni Award, the Dallas County Dental Society Dentist of the Year Award, Dallas County Dental Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Association of Women Dentists┬╣ 2008 Woman Dentist of the Year/Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award, the Commanders Award from the Europe Regional Dental Command, the Texas Dental Association Gold Medal, and the Baylor College of Dentistry Hall of Fame Award. The Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry biomedical sciences library was named in her honor.