Carlos Cruz, DDS

Meet Dr. Cruz

 

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Education:

  • 1982-1984 – Francisco Marroquin University, B.Sc.
  • 1984-1989 – Francisco Marroquin University, School of Dentistry, D.D.S.
  • 1989-1991 – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Residency, Social Security Institute, Guatemala
  • Jan.-June 1991 – Internship, Plastic-Craniofacial Surgery, Charlotte Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1991-1995 – Residency, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dental Branch
  • 1991-Present – Visiting fellow, Estomatology Hospital, Antigua, Guatemala, Cleft Lip & Palate
  • 1995-1996 – Fellowship in Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

 

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Professional Experience:

  • 1996-2005 – Group Practice, Full Scope Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,  Rio Grande Oral and Maxillofacial
  • 2006- 2010 – Group Practice, Full Scope Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • 2010- Present – Sole Proprietorship, Full Scope Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Craniofacial Surgery Center

Professional Appointments:

  • 2000-2002 — Chief Section of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Edinburg, Texas
  • 2002-Present — Director, Craniofacial and Cleft Lip & Palate Team at the Children’s Center, Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, Texas
  • 2003-Present — Member, Advisory Council, college of Health Sciences and Human Services, University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburg, Texas.
  • 2003-Present — Visiting professor, Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala

Honors:

  • 1996 — Dentist of the Year, Rio Grande Valley District Dental Society
  • 2002 — Dentist of the Year, Rio Grande Valley District Dental Society
  • 2005 — Contributor to the video library for Dr. Samuel Berkowitz research studies to the National Museum of Health and Medicine of the Museum in Washington D.C.
  • 2006 – 2007 — Treasurer Rio Grande Dental Society
  • 2007 – 2008 — Secretary Rio Grande Dental Society
  • 2008 – 2009 — Vice President Rio Grande Dental Society
  • 2009 – 2010 — President Rio Grande Dental Society
  • 2008 – 2009 — Alternate Rio Grande Dental Society
  • 2009 – 2010 — Delegate Rio Grande Dental Society
  • 2008 — Nominated Dentist of the Year by Rio Grande Texas Academy General Dentistry and the Rio Valley Dental Society
  • 2012 — Nomination Dentist of the Year by Rio Grande Texas Academy of General Dentistry and the Rio Grande Valley Dental Society
  • 2013 — The Monitor’s Favorite Oral Surgeon of the Year
  • 2014 — The Monitor’s Favorite Oral Surgeon of the Year
  • 2016 — Fellowship International College of Dentists USA Section

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Clef Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • Texas Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Southwest Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Rio Grande District Dental Society Texas Academy of  General Dentistry

Presentations:

  • Invited Speaker, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Annual Meeting 2002
  • Invited Speaker, Formation of the Cleft Palate Team, AAOMS Annual Meeting 2003
  • Panelist Forum Cleft Craniofacial AAOMS Meeting San Diego 2006
  • Invited Speaker, American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Meeting 2014

Professional References:

  • Mark Wong, D.D.S., Professor and Chairman, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, UTHSC at Houston, School of Dentistry, and Chief, Oral & Maxillofacial  Surgery Service, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital
  • James Johnson, D.D.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, UTHSC at Houston, School of Dentistry
  • John Helfrick, D.D.S., M.S., Former Professor and Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UTHSC at Houston, School of Dentistry