Catherine Flaitz, DDS, MS, is professor of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and adjunct faculty of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. She is also adjunct faculty in the Campus-Wide Ethics Program, through The John P. McGovern, M.D. Center for Humanities and Ethics. She previously served as interim dean and dean at this institution and was the former chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences. She maintains an active intramural practice treating children and adults with a wide range of oral health problems and complex medical conditions.
Dr. Flaitz earned her dental degree from Creighton University and received specialty certification and a Master of Science degree in pediatric dentistry, followed by specialty certification in oral and maxillofacial pathology from The University of Iowa. She is board certified in oral and maxillofacial pathology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Recently, Dr. Flaitz participated in the Expert Panel Conference on Oral Cancer Screening, sponsored by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which collimated in a evidence-based publication with recommendations for the practitioner. She is a member of the Awards Committee and the President’s Circle, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation, and has been appointed the Clinical Affairs Committee, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Flaitz serves on the Clinical Investigation and Abstract Committee, American Academy of Oral Medicine and is the past chair of the Jack T. Clark Foundation, Texas Academy of General Dentistry, which is an oral cancer prevention organization. She has been appointed to the Frew Advisory Committee of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to review strategic initiatives to address innovative approaches to health care for Medicaid recipients. Locally, she is a member on the Children at Risk Board Institute for the promotion of innovative public policy solutions for children and a member of the Women’s Initiative of United Way. Dr. Flaitz is on the editorial boards of Pediatric Dentistry, American Journal of Dentistry, Oral Diseases, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Journal of Applied Research on Children. She is a Fellow in both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.
Dr. Flaitz has been a recipient of numerous teaching, journalism, and research awards from a variety of institutions and professional organizations. In 2010, she was elected into The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, a system-wide faculty honors academy. Some of her other honors include the university-wide 2004 President’s Scholar Award for Teaching Excellence, 2004 President’s Service Award from the Greater Houston Dental Society, 2005 Texas Dentist of the Year Award from the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, 2009 Jack Harris Service Award from the Greater Houston Dental Alliance, 2010 President’s Service Recognition Award from the Texas Dental Association, and the 2010 President’s Service Recognition Award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine. For her research efforts, she has been the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Education Foundation Research Award on multiple occasions and the George W. Teuscher Silver Pen Journalism Award, Journal of Dentistry for Children. Her research is centered on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and novel management of oral diseases in children and immunocompromised individuals. She has received continuous grant support in the areas of cariology, pathogenesis and management of oral diseases and oral cancer detection. Author of more than 270 original papers, Dr. Flaitz is the author or co-author of 18 book chapters and a color atlas.