Dr. Theresa Gonzales

Theresa S. Gonzales

CEO, American College of Dentists

Dr. Theresa S. Gonzales is a retired U.S. Army Dental Corps colonel and currently the executive director of the American College of Dentists. She previously held the position of associate dean of curriculum and strategic communication at Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gonzales retired from the Army in 2013 after nearly 30 years of distinguished service, where she most recently was a nominative selection as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General. Prior to her successive command selections, she served as director of orofacial pain management and as a staff oral and maxillofacial pathologist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Gonzales is a magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She received her DMD from Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. She has authored over 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of the International College of Dentists Award for Excellence in Research. She has received the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Surgeon General’s “A” Designator for clinical excellence. Dr. Gonzales’ research interests have included orofacial pain, oral medicine, forensic odontology and oral pathology.

Speaker Events

Thursday, April 22
Undaunted Courage — Lessons in Leadership from Lewis and Clark and the Unsurprising Ethics of Leadership
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Physical Examination of the Head and Neck for Dental Health Care Providers
1 – 3 p.m.