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Higginbottom named Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. HigginbottomDr. Frank L. Higginbottom was bestowed Baylor College of Dentistry’s Distinguished Alumnus Award on Jan. 14 during the BCD Alumni Association’s homecoming reception at Dallas’ Adolphus Hotel.

Higginbottom is held in high esteem by colleagues who are quick to list his numerous attributes: a passion for dentistry, proponent of organized dentistry, a continual student, leader, mentor, educator and a caring and respectful individual.

“It has been my privilege to work with Dr. Higginbottom in continuing education courses, where he gives back to the dental profession,” said Dr. Burt Bryan, BCD alumnus and assistant director of continuing education and alumni affairs. “The positive comments that participants include on course evaluations reflect his dedication.”

Classmates of Higginbottom expressed their support of his nomination for the award with comments such as, “Even then, Frank was driven by an inner purpose that demanded perfection in his academic and clinical endeavors. He was always at the top of the class then, and he still is today. He has continued to dedicate himself to the pursuit of dental excellence.”

A 1971 dental graduate, Higginbottom maintains a private practice in esthetic, restorative and implant dentistry in Dallas. At his alma mater, he is an associate clinical professor in restorative sciences, graduate prosthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. He also is a clinical associate professor of periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio dental school.

Higginbottom lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of dental implants, restorative dentistry, provisional restorations and treatment planning. He also has authored numerous articles and contributed to textbooks on these subjects and is active in basic research in the field of dental implant systems.

A member of numerous professional dental organizations, Higginbottom is a past director and vice president of the Texas Dental Association and a fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He has been awarded honorary membership in the American College of Prosthodontics.

Higginbottom co-chaired Baylor College of Dentistry’s Centennial Celebration Steering Committee in 2004-2005. Named the 2009 Dallas County Dental Society Dentist of the Year, he has been highly involved with the BCD Alumni Association and also helped establish First Presbyterian Church’s dental clinic for the homeless.