Peruvian Periodontist Dr. Carmen Graves Joins Faculty at the College of Dentistry
Dr. Carmen Graves has joined the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry as a clinical assistant professor of periodontics.
“I participate in the clinical instruction and supervision of the pre-doctoral students,” she explained. “I help them recognize the different conditions and diseases that affect the oral cavity, arrive at an appropriate periodontal diagnosis, and set treatment plan goals that accommodate the patients’ needs.”
Graves noted that she “Would like to help form future generations of professionals who feel very confident and capable in providing excellent care to their patients,” she said.
“Also, I treasure the relationship between a mentor and a student,” Graves continued. “I myself have had the opportunity to work with excellent clinicians and mentors during all my formative years as a student. I still maintain multiple mentors and they keep selflessly guiding me through the years. They are invaluable to my professional success. I hope to become like one of those mentors to my students, someone whom they can always reach for any clinical questions or professional advice.”
Graves is originally from Peru and earned her DDS from Universidad Andina del Cusco and her MSc in periodontics from Universidad de San Martin de Porres, both in her home country. She also earned an MS in oral biology and a certificate in periodontics at Texas A&M’s Baylor College of Dentistry, and served as chief resident and as a teaching assistant at Baylor.
In Peru, Graves noted, she “participated in multiple outreach oral health campaigns to less-privileged communities, and would love to continue doing that here.”