Dean’s Message

A message from the Dean pro tem

It is an immense honour to serve as Dean pro tem as the Faculty of Dentistry searches for a new leader. As a proud UBC Dentistry alum, community dentist and serving faculty member for nearly 28 years, I am grateful to our students, faculty and staff for their support.

Since 2011, I have proudly served the Faculty as Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs. Now, as Dean pro tem, I am committed to advocating for our UBC Dentistry community as it is, first and foremost, the people who provide our framework. Our collective success as a leading dental school in Canada depends on a team of diverse individuals who make up the Faculty and the partners with whom we collaborate.

UBC Dentistry has a wealth of talented faculty members who are great educators, do significant research, and provide our students with opportunities to explore and be part of inspiring discoveries. We provide essential dental care to people in need and help students enhance their clinical skills, and further shape their sense of social responsibility as future oral health care professionals. We also have a strong reputation for community engagement. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our people, education, research and engagement activities and initiatives.

This August marked 32 years since I first arrived in Canada and at UBC. Throughout this time, I have received vital support and guidance that has shaped my career. Over the next year, I look forward to leading the Faculty as we continue to thrive and honour our values of integrity, compassion, inclusion, innovation, and transparency. Most of all, I hope to share the same support and guidance I was fortunate to receive.

Dr. Andrea Esteves
Dean pro tem, UBC Faculty of Dentistry