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ACP president receives HDA Women's Leadership Award

October 15, 2012

Boca Raton, Fla.—The first female Hispanic president of the American College of Prosthodontists is the recipient of the 2012 Hispanic Dental Association Women’s Leadership Award.

Dr. Garcia

“To receive recognition from my colleagues, who represent my cultural heritage and have experienced similar challenges to achieve excellence in our profession, is so special to me,” said Dr. Lily T. Garcia of San Antonio, who received the award in July. “As advocates for strong dental education and best practices in oral health, we strive to improve patient outcomes.”

The award recognizes women who have helped to advance the HDA mission, displayed exceptional character and distinguished themselves as outstanding role models in dentistry through service, education, advocacy and leadership.

Dr. Garcia is professor and division head of advanced education and external affairs in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. ACP said her tenure as president marks “a year of national advocacy and collaboration among the dental specialty organizations, and Dr. Garcia has led a comprehensive strategic plan for the ACP’s future.” She was instrumental in leading ACP’s sponsorship—with the ADA and other dental organizations—of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives campaign, the first oral health campaign in the Ad Council’s 70-year history.

Among other professional activities, she co-authored the texts Removable Partial Dentures: A Clinician’s Guide and Osseointegration and Occlusal Rehabilitation.