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David P. Cappelli D.M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Collaborating Partner

Dr. Cappelli is an AAL Collaborating Partner and a presenter at the 2017/2018 Academic Leadership for Residents program. Serving as the Executive Director of the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH), Dr. Cappelli has developed an extensive career in research, education, and service.

In addition to these roles with AAL and the AIDPH, Dr. Cappelli currently serves as a Professor and Director of the Research Division, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Cappelli served as Interim Chair, Department of Community Dentistry and Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Dr. Cappelli has served as a leader in several national and state organizations, including the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), American Public Health Association, American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the American Association for Dental Research. He completed the ADEA Leadership Institute and the LEAD Institute at UTHSCSA. Dr. Cappelli currently serves as the President of the AAPHD, member of the Advisory Board of the San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic, Board of Directors of the Texas Oral Health Coalition, and founding member of the San Antonio Regional Oral Health Coalition.

He was awarded his Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, School of Public Health. Dr. Cappelli completed his residency education in dental public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Community Dentistry and was awarded Diplomat status by the American Board of Dental Public Health.