Juanita Lozano-Pineda, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Associate Dean for External Affairs
Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry
Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence
Dr. Juanita Lozano-Pineda is the Associate Dean for External Affairs at the UT Health San Antonio School of dentistry, and Associate Professor in the department of Comprehensive Dentistry. She is a native of Brownsville, Texas, obtained a BA from St. Mary’s University, and is a 1987 graduate from The UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. She has gained valuable insight and knowledge in dealing with diverse populations and has a strong interest in addressing the needs of underserved populations.
Dr. Pineda’s administrative responsibilities include overseeing external program logistics and agreements for our pre- and post-doctoral dental programs. Other duties include application for, and management of, several federal and foundation training grants that provide financial resources for various community-based clinical rotations to underserved regions of South Texas and as director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence summer enrichment programs. Teaching experience focuses on risk-based clinical prevention, access to care, clinical rotations to underserved areas of South Texas, summer enrichment programs for URM students, and IPE clinical and didactic experiences with nurses and community workers from the South Texas community. Other IPE activities include experiential IPE ergonomics training with Dental, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy students.
- 2010 - MPH - Epidemiology, Community Health - The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- 1987 - DDS - Dentistry - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School
- 1983 - BA - Biology - St. Mary's University
- 2005 - Postdoctoral Fellowship - Hispanic Center of Excellence Fellowship - UTHSCSA
08/2020 2020 The University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
11/2015 Spirit of Healing: Recognition award by the San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic.
08/2015 Hispanic Dental Association Presidential Award: Presented for "Years of Outstanding Contributions, Dedication & Leadership in support of Hispanic Oral Health".
- 2/2017 to Present - Associate Dean for External Affiairs and Associate Dean - UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio
- 9/2015 to Present - Associate Professor / Clinical - UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio
- 3-2011 to 5-2015 - Assistant Professor - UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio
- 7-2005 to 2-2017 - Director of Predoctoral Outreach Dental Program - UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio
- 7-2002 to 2-2011 - Clinical Assistant Professor - UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio
- 7-1990 to 5-2002 - Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor - UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 6/2014 - Present, Pre-Doctoral Student Supervision, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 5/2014 - Present, SELC 7120 Preventive Dental Outreach - Rio Grande Valley Region - IPE, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 7/2013 - Present, Preventive Dentistry Clinic, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 5/2013 - Present, SELC7088 Community Service Elective, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 5/2012 - Present, SELC7011 Community/Clinical Externship Program (South Texas), The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 5/2012 - Present, SELC8032 Primary Dental Care - Senior South Texas Rotation, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 1/2011 - Present, Clinic Introduction, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 7/2007 - Present, Intro to Patient Care, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 6/2006 - Present, SELC7120 Preventive Dentistry Outreach - Laredo - IPE, The University of Texas Health Science Center
Research & Grants
Funding Agency Health Resources & Services Administration
Title Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Grant
Status Active Period 7/2016 - 6/2025
Role Principal Investigator Grant Detail The grant awards twenty (20) individual scholarships worth $30,000.00 each to dental students who come from an economically or environmentally disadvantaged background. All applicants need to have financial need.
The goal of the grant is to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that receive training in healthcare and plan to return to provide clinical care in underserved areas. Funding Agency Health Resources and Services Administration Title Dental Hispanic Center of Excellence Status Active Period 7/2013 - 6/2017 Role Co-Principal Investigator Grant Detail The UT Health Science Center San Antonio Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) implements multiple strategies to address the need for more Hispanic dental professionals through enhanced recruitment efforts and linkages with South Texas high school districts and institutions of higher education to establish an educational pipeline that will increase the number of Hispanic applications to dental school. BOLD workshops including dental related hands on activities take place, in San Antonio, Brownsville, Harlingen, Mercedes, and Laredo. The Learning Enhancement for Achievement in Dentistry (LEAD) program is the cornerstone of the pipeline-building strategies for the HCOE. The LEAD summer program provides a 7-year, continuous and interlinked pathway of experiences bridging preparation for dental school in college to support for academic success after enrollment. LEAD 1-3 activities include shadowing dental offices, learning strategies, test-taking workshops, leadership and communication skills, a Dental Admissions Test (DAT) preparation course, and core science mini courses to develop competitive dental school applicants. The LEAD 4-7 assists the Hispanic dental students through participation in pre-matriculation, pre-clinical, and mentorship activities to enhance their academic performance in dental school. A fellowship for eight Hispanic Faculty Fellows, over the course of the HCOE 4-year grant period, includes faculty development for teaching, grant writing, research, student mentorship, and advancement in promotion and tenure to enhance faculty retention. Cultural competence is addressed with a course and experiences embedded within the curriculum for all dental students. Pre-dental and dental students, along with faculty fellows will participate in mentored research experiences. Improved clinical education relative to minority health issues is targeted through cultural competence, research, and community-based dental education and training at clinical sites througho
Funding Agency Methodist Healthcare Ministries
Title Collaborative Dental Services/Training of Dental Students/Residents at SACDC/HFH Status
Active Period 1/2017 - 12/2021; Reapply every year.
Grant Detail Senior dental students (DS4) participate in a one-week required clinical rotation to San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic (SACDC) located at Haven for Hope (HFH). The DS4 and AEGD residents provide primary oral healthcare to the homeless. A "Street Medicine" initiative also includes dental outreach screenings at the Prospect`s Courtyard with referrals for identified urgent care by dental students and AEGD residents at SACDC and at the UT Mobile Clinic.
Funding Agency Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation
Title Dental Collaboration for Improved Oral Health Care Status
Active Period 9/2018 - 8/2019
Role Principal Investigator
Grant Detail The project includes collaborations with several community partners in the Rio Grande Valley Region. Students rotate for a 2-week clinical externship at Su Clinic Familiar Community Health Centers in Harlingen and Brownsville. Collaborations with the Methodist Healthcare Ministries Wesley Nurse Program help provide preventive oral health education to nurses and clients they serve. Collaborations with UTRGV School of Medicine allow for IPE experiences and training with dental students, community workers, and medical residents. Funding from this grant also provides for housing and travel of dental students while on rotation to the LRGV.
Funding Agency Methodist Healthcare Ministries
Title Direct Dental Services/Training of Dental Students/Residents at SACDC/HFH
Status Active Period 1/2014 - 12/2017
Role Principal Investigator
Grant Detail Dental students from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Dentistry provide comprehensive and surgical dental care for homeless and low income/uninsured adults at the San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic/ Haven for Hope (SACDC/HFH) via scheduled rotations for senior dental students/General Dentistry residents.
10/2013-Present: Building Our Leaders in Dentistry (BOLD) Workshops. Recruitment activities to Souith Texas and San ANtonio high schools and universities.
02/2012-02/2019 Omicron Kappa Upsilon Secretary/Treasurer (2012-2016); Vice President (2016-2017); President Elect (2017-2018); President (2018-2019)
10/2009-present Community Service Learning (CSL) Mini-Grant Reviewer
Service to the Profession
05/2006-Present Greater San Antonio Hispanic Dental Association Board of Directors
09/2011-Present Hispanic Student Dental Association Faculty Mentor
11/2011-2017 Journal of Dental Education Reviewer
Several oral health education presentations, brochures, and flip charts have been developed for use by Community Workers and Promotoras in Laredo, Texas and in the Rio Grande Valley Region. These educational presentations and materials have been provided to nursing and clinical staff at Mercy Ministries of Laredo, Methodist Healthcare Ministries Wesley Nurse Programs, and to Family Medicine residents and community workers at The Univeristy of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.
Other community service includes outreach community dental screenings at several Back to School events and San Fernando Health Fairs.
Lozano-Pineda J. UT Health San Antonio Graduates in Texas Dental HPSA Counties; 2018 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 82, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. Collaborations to Integrate Primary Care for Homeless Populations; 2018 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 82, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. Pipeline Programs for Recruitment and Increased Diversity in Dentistry; 2018 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 82, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. A Summer Enrichment Program to Facilitate Junior Clinic Transition; 2017 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 81, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. LEAD Program?s Impact: Decrease in Students Repeating/Remediating DS1/DS2 Courses; 2017 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 81, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. Web-Based Student Assessments of Community-Based Clinical Rotations and Adjunct Faculty; 2017 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 81, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. Making it Real: Understanding the Culture of Poverty Through Simulation; 2016 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 80, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. Unlocking the Potential of the Dental Student Mind: Learning Enhancement for Achievement in Dentistry: LEAD 4, 5, 6; 2015 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 79, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. Igniting the Pre-Dental School Candidate Mind: Learning Enhancement for Achievement in Dentistry (LEAD) 1, 2, 3; 2015 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 79, no. 2).
Lozano-Pineda J. Igniting an Interest in Dentistry by Exploring it?s Science and Technology; 2015 Feb. (Journal of Dental Education; vol. 79, no. 2).
Moshtagh R. Farokhi, Andrew Muck, Juanita Lozano-Pineda, Stephanie L. Boone,
Heidi Worabo. Using Interprofessional Education to Promote Oral Health Literacy in a Faculty-Student Collaborative Practice Journal of Dental Education 2018 Oct;82(10):1091-1097. Khanani M, Lozano-Pineda J, Geelhoed M. Practicing Clinical Dentistry Increases the Risk of Developing Musculoskeletal Disorders (UT CAT # 2839) Tex Dent J 2016 May;133(5):305-305. Brown JP, Amaechi BT, Bader JD, Gilbert GH, Makhija SK, Lozano-Pineda J, Leo MC, Chen C, Vollmer WM. Visual scoring of non cavitated caries lesions and clinical trial efficiency, testing xylitol in caries-active adults Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2013 Nov;:1-8. Amaechi BT, Chedjieu I, Lozano-Pineda J. Clinical Evaluation of an Enhanced White Light and Fluorescence Device for Early Detection of Caries Lesions Journal of Clinical Dentistry 2013 Apr;24(2):43-48.
Clinical focus is on Clinical preventive dentistry, ergonomics, and primary care to underserved populations.