Alex J. Delgado, D.D.S., M.S., a clinical assistant professor in the UF Department of Restorative Dental Sciences Division of Operative Dentistry, was appointed division director of operative dentistry effective January 28, having served as interim director since May 2016.
The division director is responsible for leadership in the areas of teaching, research, service and faculty development for faculty in the division. He will continue to ensure that the predoctoral and postdoctoral curriculum in operative dentistry align with the strategic goals of the college and include the most-current scientific advances. Delgado will also work with other leaders in the department and throughout the college to ensure cooperation and collaboration to support the needs of the curriculum and an excellent education experience for our students.
Delgado joined the college in June 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Colegio Champagnat, Caracas, Venezuela, in 1996 and his dental degree in 2001 from Universidad Santa María, also in Caracas. In May 2014, he earned a certificate and a master’s in operative dentistry from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He teaches didactic, preclinical and clinical fundamentals in restorative dentistry, and also practices in the college’s faculty practice. Delgado is also the faculty director of the Equal Access Clinic Network’s dental program supported by UF Health.
Delgado was recently named the recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Academy of Operative Dentistry and the 2017-2018 Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Florida. In 2016, he was presented with The Judson C. Hickey Scientific Writing Award from the American Prosthodontic Society and was awarded as the 2015-2016 Clinical Teachers of Year, an award that is selected by the dental students.