Division Director Periodontology
Clinical Associate Professor
4265 Ledyard E. Ross Hall
Dr. 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.
Diplomate 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)
Periodontics – Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Masters in Dentistry – Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Periodontics - University of Alabama at Birmingham
MS – University of Alabama at Birmingham
American Association for Dental Research (AADR)
American Association for Dental Research, Houston Chapter
•Secretary/Treasurer, 2010 - 2012
Greater Houston Society of Periodontics,
•Secretary Treasurer, 2010 – 2012
•President, 2012 - 2015
American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)
American Academy of Osseointegration
American Dental Education Association
May 2013 AAP Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics
May 2010 AADR William B. Clark Fellowship in Clinical Research Award
June 2008 2nd Place, Billy M. Pennel Research Competition, Southern Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting, Sarasota, FL
May 2007 Finalist, Volpe Prize Competition, The Ohio State University, Division of Periodontology
May 2006 2nd Place, Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Presentation, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
March 2006 AADR Hatton Finalist, American Association for Dental Research
April 2005 First Place, Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Presentation, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
Sept 2005 The Tarrson Regeneration Award, The American Academy of Periodontics
May 2005 American Association of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation (AAIDRF) Grant for Research
March 2005 First Place, Postdoctoral Poster Presentation, Dental School Science Symposium, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
March, 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 Division
1993 Best Oral Presentation, VI National Congress of Dentistry Postgraduate Alumni, UNAM
1980 High honors recognition, UNAM, Dentistry Faculty
Dr. 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.