After over seven years of leading the UF College of Dentistry Faculty Practice, while simultaneously serving as chair for the Department of Orthodontics, Calogero Dolce, D.D.S., Ph.D., is stepping down from his Faculty Practice role effective July 17, 2023. Andre Reis, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., a clinical associate professor in the UF Department of Restorative Dental Sciences Division of Operative Dentistry, has been appointed the new director of faculty practice.
As Faculty Practice director, Reis will oversee all aspects of the practice, including operations, patient access and experience, faculty provider support, quality and compliance, revenue streams and budget to support the success and growth of clinic. He will continue to see patients and mentor dental students and residents to support the UFCD patient care and academic missions.
“I am very grateful for Cal’s service to our college, and especially the role he played, in growing the practice in recent years, including the recovery from the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dean A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H. “He and his staff have been instrumental to our operation, and I sincerely thank him for his tireless efforts, energy and positive outlook. He will now wear one less hat, but will continue to lead the Department of Orthodontics, while continuing the new challenge of developing a thriving orthodontics practice at our Nassau County-based UF Health Dentistry – Wildlight practice in Yulee, Florida.”
Garcia said that Reis has been a wonderful addition to the Division of Operative Dentistry since joined the college, and this role allows him to build on the solid foundation that is already established as a highly successful clinician in Faculty Practice, while amplifying its direction through a new lens, “I am looking forward to his leadership, expertise and creative approach in his new role.”
Reis joined UF in October 2018. His focus at UFCD has been providing didactic, preclinical and clinical teaching to predoctoral students and residents in the operative master’s program, while also providing clinical care in Faculty Practice.
Reis and his family moved to Gainesville from São Paulo, Brazil, where he worked in private practice and served as an associate professor in operative dentistry at Guarulhos University after completing his education.
Reis attended the Piracicaba School of Dentistry at the University of Campinas where he earned his dental degree in 1999 and his master’s degree in operative dentistry in 2002. He began his doctorate studies at Campinas but finished his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.
His research interests include resin-tooth adhesion, resin-based composites, clinical trials, dental biomaterials, electron microscopy and ceramics. He is a member of the International Association for Dental Research, the Academy of Dental Materials and the Brazilian Society for Dental Research.
“Thank you, again, to Cal for his sustained efforts in our Faculty Practice. I know that he will assist Andre as he transitions to his new role and will have a continued, positive impact on our Wildlight center. We are truly fortunate to have such a “deep bench” of talent and dedication in our college,” Garcia said.