Luis Rueda, DDS, MS, recently began an appointment as associate professor of prosthodontics in the UNC Adams School of Dentistry’s Division of Comprehensive Oral Health.
“For me this is a dream come true,” said Rueda. “UNC’s prosthodontic program is second to none. When I came for my initial interview, the faculty that I interacted with were extremely professional and kind. I felt like they were a big family. I have been looking for a collegial environment in academia like this for years.
“I look forward to sharing with my students my clinical knowledge that I have acquired through private practice both as a general dentist and subsequently a prosthodontist, and I am eager to help them realize their talents and successfully embark on and navigate their professional careers. I also look forward to being closer to my youngest son, who joined UNC last year as a PhD student in Political Science.”
Rueda’s responsibilities include teaching, covering predoctoral clinics and seeing Carolina Dentistry patients. His clinical and research interests cover various areas of prosthodontics, including implant and digital dentistry, but most recently, he has been particularly interested in treatments for obstructive sleep apnea.
“Dr. Rueda has extensive experience in prosthodontics and implant dentistry, both in an academic setting and in private practice,” said Division of Comprehensive Oral Health chair, Cristiano Susin, DDS, MSD, PhD. “He will be a great asset to our team, not only as a clinician, but as an educator and preceptor to our students. We are excited to welcome him to the Adams School of Dentistry team.”
Prior to joining the Adams School of Dentistry, Rueda served as a clinical associate professor and a course director at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
Rueda earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Javeriana University, in Bogota, Colombia. He received his Master of Science degree in dentistry and dental materials, and a post-doctoral certificate in prosthodontics from Indiana University College of Dentistry.
Recently, Rueda completed a 150 credit hour Implant Educators Course for Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Implant Surgery with the University of Florida. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and a professional member of the American College of Prosthodontics.