Pereira Appointed Associate Dean


Patricia Pereira, D.D.S., Ph.D., was appointed the new associate dean of academic affairs for the UF College of Dentistry following a national search. Pereira will begin her role following the retirement of Venita Sposetti, D.M.D., in fall 2019.

“I am very confident that Dr. Pereira brings the leadership, dedication and vision we need to maintain our standing as one of the best dental education programs in the country,” said Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., dean.

Pereira has 19 years of teaching, research and leadership experience that will be very valuable as she takes the role of serving as the senior educational officer for UFCD. Her duties focus on establishing a vision and strategic plan for the Office of Academic Affairs; planning, developing and managing the predoctoral dental education program; and working closely with other members of our senior leadership team to ensure coordination and support for all three missions of the college.

Pereira joined UFCD in 2015 as a clinical associate professor in the UF Department of Restorative Dentistry Division of Operative Dentistry; she has served as program director in the master’s in operative dentistry program since 2016.  She earned her dental degree from the University of the Planalto Central, Brasilia, Brazil, in 1993, her doctorate in operative dentistry from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1998, and a certificate in prosthodontics from the Patos de Minas Educational Association in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2014.

While in Brazil, she co-founded a continuing education institute, the Integrato Specialized Education, which posted over 120 courses and trained over 1,100 dentists. In 2019, Pereira was one of three faculty to earn the college’s Sustained Exemplary Teaching Award; in 2017, UF dental students selected her as the Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year.

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