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Dr. Susan Hummel, Restorative Sciences

Dr. Susan Hummel

Dr. Susan Hummel, associate professor

Photo by Steven Doll

 


“I like working with students and helping them understand they can achieve their goals.”


 

When asked what has changed the most in her 20 years at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Susan Hummel has an astute observation. Rather than mention the building’s ever-evolving interior or the dental school’s merger with the A&M system, Hummel comments that it’s the patients who have changed — and for a noteworthy reason.

“The patients are a lot more complex than when I started,” says Hummel, associate professor in restorative sciences. “Medicine has been keeping people alive a lot longer with multiple drug interventions, and managing those patients with dental treatment can be a challenge for a beginning student.”

On a daily basis, Hummel provides guidance to students facing tough treatment decisions as part of her work managing D2s, D3s and D4s in the Removable Prosthodontics Clinic.

“I like working with students and helping them understand they can achieve their goals,” she says. That is the reason she has stayed at the college since fall 1991, when she was hired as an assistant professor.

Among some of Hummel’s favorite aspects of her time at TAMHSC-BCD are her work with periodontics professor Dr. Francisco Rivera-Hidalgo’s clinical research program, as well as the weekly change in her routine when she spends a day working alongside her husband Dr. Larry Pace — also a prosthodontist — at his private practice.

“That has been a big plus to staying at Baylor, because I can work in both worlds,” Hummel says.


A closer look at Hummel’s hobbies:

“My main hobby is spending time with two Brittany dogs named Brady and Cody, whom we’ll be hunting with as soon as the drought stops! Otherwise I sew, quilt and play violin.”

Family stats:

“Our kids are grown, and we are enjoying three grandchildren so far; hopefully, more to come!”