Division Director Periodontology Clinical Associate Professor firstname.lastname@example.org Faculty Practice 252-737-7122Office 252-737-7152Ledyard E. Ross Hall
Clinical InterestsDr. Isabel Gay’s clinical interests include oral heath disparities groups with special emphasis in type 2 diabetes mellitus improvements in Hispanic populations by the implementation of non-surgical periodontal therapy. Other clinical interests include tissue regeneration by using stem cell therapies and bimolecular signaling in stem cell differentiation.
Board CertificationsDiplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP); Fellow, Tissue Engineering and Genetic Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Advanced Cardiac life Support and Basic Life Support (American Heart Association)
EducationPeriodontics – Universidad Nacional Autonoma de MexicoMasters in Dentistry – Universidad Nacional Autonoma de MexicoPeriodontics - University of Alabama at BirminghamMS – University of Alabama at Birmingham
Society MembershipsAmerican Association for Dental Research (AADR)American Association for Dental Research, Houston Chapter •Secretary/Treasurer, 2010 - 2012Greater Houston Society of Periodontics, •Secretary Treasurer, 2010 – 2012 •President, 2012 - 2015American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)American Academy of OsseointegrationAmerican Dental Education Association
AwardsMay 2013 AAP Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in PeriodonticsMay 2010 AADR William B. Clark Fellowship in Clinical Research AwardJune 2008 2nd Place, Billy M. Pennel Research Competition, Southern Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting, Sarasota, FLMay 2007 Finalist, Volpe Prize Competition, The Ohio State University, Division of PeriodontologyMay 2006 2nd Place, Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Presentation, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of DentistryMarch 2006 AADR Hatton Finalist, American Association for Dental ResearchApril 2005 First Place, Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Presentation, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of DentistrySept 2005 The Tarrson Regeneration Award, The American Academy of PeriodonticsMay 2005 American Association of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation (AAIDRF) Grant for ResearchMarch 2005 First Place, Postdoctoral Poster Presentation, Dental School Science Symposium, University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioMarch, 2004 Block Travel Award for Scientific Merit, American Association for Dental Research (AADR), Hawaii 1997 Gabino Barreda Medal, Consejo Universitario de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Excellence awarded to valedictorian, UNAM, Postgraduate Studies and Investigation Division1993 Best Oral Presentation, VI National Congress of Dentistry Postgraduate Alumni, UNAM1980 High honors recognition, UNAM, Dentistry Faculty
Biographical InformationDr. Gay serves as the division director of periodontics in the Department of Surgical Sciences at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. She earned her DDS in Mexico City followed by a periodontics certificate and a master’s in dentistry.
After several years in private practice and compelled to learn research activities, she moved to the US in 1999 to work at the laboratory of Dr. Barbara Boyan and later at the laboratory of Dr. Mary MacDougall.
In the pursuit of clinical research, she obtained a periodontics specialty certificate and a master’s of science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Gay previously served as an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry, (UTHSOD) Department of Periodontics, where she taught periodontics residents and undergraduate students on the treatment of periodontal disease. She has mentored several students on their research activities towards the acquisition of their MS degree at UTHSOD.
Since her arrival in the US, Dr Gay has shown strong commitment to academia and research, which is evident by her awards and research funding.