Harry D. Gilbert, DDS
Dr. Harry Gilbert was born and raised in Western Kansas. He attended Fort Hays State University and married his wife, Mary, in 1967. He was accepted as a three-year candidate at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. Upon graduation from UMKC in 1971, he was accepted as a general practice intern in the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans. After serving two years with the public health service, Dr. Gilbert opened a private dental practice in Plainville, Kansas. After seven years of general dentistry practice, he was accepted as an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Detroit, Mich. Upon completing his residency in 1983, Dr. Gilbert opened an OMS specialty practice in Great Bend, Kansas.
In 1985, Dr. Gilbert accepted a position as oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and moved to Houston with his wife and two sons. He was appointed as associate professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry and would spend the next 29 years treating VA Hospital patients and training OMS and general practice residents in the art of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
In 1998, Dr. Gilbert was selected as chief of dentistry at the VA Medical Center in Houston, where he supervised all dental care provided by the 52 employees and residents of the Houston VA Dental Service. In June 2014, he retired from the VA after a total of 37 years of federal service. He accepted a full-time position at UTSD as director of undergraduate OMS training. In September 2020, Dr. Gilbert retired as director of undergraduate OMS training but will continue to teach OMS undergraduate clinic at UTSD part time.