Dr. Carlos Cruz, DDS 

CURRICULUM VITAE

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.-June1991 Internship, Plastic-Craniofacial Surgery, Charlotte Memoral Hospital, Charlotte, North Carolina (January-July 1991)

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, Victoria, Australia

Professional Experience:

1996-2005                    Group Practice, Full Scope Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

                                               Rio Grande Oral and Maxillofacial

                                             1622 N Ed Carey Drive. Harlingen, Texas  78552

2006- 2010                   Group Practice, Full Scope Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

                                               Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

                                              4109 N. 22nd St. McAllen, Texas  78504                        

2010- Present            Sole Proprietorship, Full Scope Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

                                            Oral and Craniofacial Surgery Center

                                            2405 Cornerstone Blvd. Edinburg, Texas  78539

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