John D Rugh, Ph.D.
Developmental Dentistry/ Director Evidenced-Based Practice Program
Currently seeking M.S. & Ph.D. students
Currently not seeking mentees
Dr. John D. Rugh is Professor and Director of the Evidence Based Practice Program at Univ of Texas HSC School of Dentistry at San Antonio. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and completed four years of postdoctoral training at Claremont Graduate School before joining the faculty at San Antonio in 1977. He founded and served as Director of the Dental School’s Facial Pain Clinic (1978-2003). In 1985, he initiated San Antonio’s Student Research Program through a National Institutes of Health Training Grant. He also served as Director of Research for the Dental School (1991–97) and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics (1996-2010).
Dr. Rugh’s research accomplishments include 35+ years of NIH support as PI or co-PI on R03, R01, T35, P50, P20 and R25 research and/or training programs. He has published in the areas of facial pain, sleep bruxism, orthognathic surgery, oral function and aging. Dr. Rugh recently completed a four-year NIH R25 Education Research Grant to support the development and assessment of the school’s Evidence-Based Practice Program and is working with colleagues in Medicine on a Sleep Discorded Breathing Program. His current focus is related to Translation and Dissemination of Science. He has edited 4 books, 17 book chapters, 130 scientific articles and over 200 research abstracts.
Nationally, Dr. Rugh served as President of the American Association for Dental Research (1994–95) and served a four-year term on the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Institute for Dental Research. In 2002, he was the recipient of a Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research. In 2007, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Dentists. In 2012 Dr. Rugh received The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, First Place Award for “Innovations in Health Science Education”. In 2016 he received the Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award for accomplished faculty members from the American Dental Association and the American Association of Dental Research.
- 1977 - Postdoctoral Fellowship - Biotechnology/Psychology - Claremont Graduate School
- 1975 - PhD - Experimental Psychology - University of California
- 1968 - BA - Sociology - University of California
- 1966 - AA - Sociology - College of San Mateo
San Antonio Business Journal’s Health Care Hero’s Award, 2019, Elected Honorary Member, Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, 2019,
ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Award for National Leadership in Evidence-Based Dentistry, 2016,
- 6/2010 - Professor, Director Evidenced-Based Practice Program - UTHSCSA, Developmental Dentistry, San Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 9/2015 - Present, Teaching Excellence Academic Skills, UTHSCSA
- 7/2012 - Present, Rotation Student Supervision, UTHSCSA
- 1/2010 - Present, Undergraduate Student Supervision, UTHSCSA
- 1/2010 - Present, Evidenced Based-Practice Rotation
- 3/2009 - Present, INTD6088 CT MODULE
- 1/2009 - Present, INTD6088 EBP OSCE Module
- 6/2006 - Present, INTD5090 MSDS 5051/5090Grad Research Methodology
- 11/2005 - Present, INTD6010 Evidence Based Dentistry
- 5/2003 - Present, Undergraduate Student Supervision, UTHSCSA
- 1/1999 - Present, Research Protocol Develop, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 1/1999 - Present, Research Comp/Indiv Design, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 1/1999 - Present, Manuscript Prep/Present, The University of Texas Health Science Center
Research & Grants
Funding Agency U.S. Public Health Service-HHSA Title Faculty Development in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Status Active Period 7/2012 - 6/2017 Role Co-Investigator Grant Detail This grant will establish a Primary Care Dentistry Faculty Development Program that will enhance the skills of predoctoral and postdoctoral dental school faculty members, dental residents, dental students and dental hygiene faculty and students in teaching and curriculum planning, academic leadership, scholarship, evidence-based practice-based networks and inter-professional education/patient care.
Rugh JD, Partida, MN, Hendricson, W, Littlefield, J, Vishwanat, L, Hicks, J. Tomorrow?s Faculty: A Career Transition Program (Abst. #246); 2016 Mar. (American Dental Assn. Annual Session & Exhibition, Denver, CO). Rugh JD, Tibbitts, LR, Ruxmohan, SD, Lemke KC. Descriptive Usage Analysis of UT Health Science Center Online Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) Database 2011-2014 San Antonio, TX; 2015 Apr. (UT Health Science Center 33rd Annual School of Dentistry Dental Science Symposium). Rugh JD, Partida MN, Hicks JL, Littlefield JH. Faculty Development: Unlocking Potential in Faculty, Residents and Students San Antonio, TX; 2015 Mar. (UT Health Science Center School of Dentistry Fiesta of Education). Faltys, DQ, Rugh JD, Hatch JP, Larsen A. Daytime Sleepiness in Dental Students; 2015 Mar. (J Dent Res; vol. 94). Larsen A, Rindall, B, Hatch JP, Kane, S, Carvalho, C & Rugh JD,. Exploring the Relationship Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Premolar Extraction; 2015 Mar. (J Dent Res; vol. 94). Rugh JD, Lemke KC, Hendricson, WD, Hernandez, MR. Teaching Evidence-Based Practice Skills Using Clinical Questions Focused on Obstructive Sleep Apnea; 2015 Feb. (The University of Texas System Kenneth I. Shine, M.D. Academy of Health Science Education). Tibbbitts, LR, Ruxmohan, SD, Nguyen, T, Lemke KC, Rugh JD. Descriptive Usage Analysis of UTHSCSA Online Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) Database 2011-2014 Memphis, TN; 2014 Oct. (Hinman Student Research Symposium). Kartaltepe, C, Rugh JD, Hatch JP, Gakunga PT, Dolce, C, Van Sickels, J. Long-Term Dental Health After Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy; 2010 Mar. (American Assn. Dental Research Annual Meeting #1440). Gakunga PT, Horn D, Rugh JD, Riley DJ, Chen Y, Abboud SL. Nek 1 deficiency in mice impairs cranial base synchondrosis growth; 2007 Jan. (Journal of Dental Research; vol. 86, no. A).
Malhotra, K, Rugh JD, Lemke KC. Performing a Variety of Tasks May Help Dentists Maintain Hand Strength Throughout Their Careers: An Evidence-Based Synopsis. UTHSCSA CATs Library, CAT #2906, 2015 2015 Jul.
Larsen A, Ringdal, DB, Hatch JP, Kan, S, Asche, SE, Carvalho, C, Rugh JD. Evidence Supports No Relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Premolar Extraction: An Electronic Health Records Review Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2015 Jan;11(12):1443-1448. Rugh JD, Lemke KC. Finding Up-to-Date Answers for Focused Clinical Problems: The UT Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) Library International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist 2015 Jan;1(2):77-79. Nomura M, Motegi E, Hatch JP, Gakunga PT, Ng'ang'a PM, Rugh JD, Yamaguchi H. Esthetic preferences of European American, Hispanic American, Japanese, and African judges for soft-tissue profiles American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 2009 Apr;135(4 Sup):87-95.
Cerna, C, Rugh JD. A Combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Splint Therapy is More Effective in Reducing Resting Muscle Activity in Adult Bruxers Than Splint Therapy Alone: An Evidence-Based Synopsis. UTHSCSA CATs Library CAT #3084, 2016 UTHSCSA CATs Library CAT #3084, 2016 2016 Apr;. Saldivar, A, Rugh JD, Hicks JL. Implementation of Electronic Dental Records? Effects on Cost Savings for a Private Dental Practitioner are Unclear Due to Lack of Research: An Evidence-Based Synopsis. UTHSCSA CATs Library CAT #3066, 2016 UTHSCSA CATs Library CAT #3066, 2016 2016 Apr;. Sorensen, M., Rugh JD, Gross GS. MSG Intake May Increase Probability of Sleep Disordered Breathing and Snoring: An Evidence-Based Synopsis. UTHSCSA CATs Library CAT #3082, 2016 UTHSCSA CATs Library CAT #3082, 2016 2016 Apr;.