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Francisco Nieves

Scholarship Type: 
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

A competitive swimmer and future dentist, Mr. Nieves is committed to helping to improve oral health on a community and academic level.

“The residents of the state of Texas have subsidized my dental school education,” he said. “I believe it is my responsibility as a health professional to deliver them a return on their investment by not only treating patients with quality care in my office, but being engaged in the community and sharing evidence-based information that may promote oral health. In the future, I hope to be involved in many aspects of the profession throughout my career. I hope to continue working with Texas Mission of Mercy and organize a group of dentists and dental students on a dental mission trip to the countries I visited in my youth. When I read studies that the "U.S. spent a record amount of money on dental procedures in the emergency room", I feel like it will be my generation's responsibility to fix this problem. I would like to represent my dental peers and work with local elective officials to promote oral health prevention programs and water fluoridation. I've spent most of my life in classroom, and ironically, I anticipate returning to academia in my dental career. I enjoy teaching and working with students, especially when discussing medical complexities.”