Dr. Gil Triplett, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Gil Triplett, Regents Professor and vice department chair
“TAMHSC-BCD continues to thrive through changes which are sometimes challenging; the professionalism and friendly atmosphere serve us well.”
In his 20 years at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Gil Triplett has many great memories. He narrows them down to just a handful, including the time he was able to walk through the oral and maxillofacial surgery graduate and professional services clinics after renovations were complete.
Another memory — the college’s 2005 Centennial Gala at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas — didn’t occur within the dental school’s walls but is still a high point. So is Triplett’s selection as Regents Professor in 1998, a vote of confidence for the faculty member whose career dates back to the ’70s, when he served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, eventually becoming a captain.
These days, Triplett balances his days among three roles. He is vice chair for the oral and maxillofacial surgery department, director of hospital affairs, and chair of the dentistry department at the college’s next-door neighbor, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, where he acts as the primary liaison between the two institutions.
Triplett shares a couple observations about what he views as the biggest changes since joining the college in summer 1991 as department chair and assistant dean for hospital affairs.
“Continuing education was a big part of the school effort,” Triplett says. “Now, because of new rules and regulations, its role has been significantly reduced. Social activities for faculty also have been significantly reduced.”
Amid times of flux and change, Triplett keeps a positive mindset.
“TAMHSC-BCD continues to thrive through changes which are sometimes challenging; the professionalism and friendly atmosphere serve us well,” he says.
Triplett’s reason for staying at TAMHSC-BCD for the past two decades is straightforward and sincere, much like his personality: “to try to make a difference in education.”
Those who have worked on the first floor with Triplett over the years agree that while he may be a man of few words, his care and concern for others is apparent. It’s common for him to inquire about co-workers’ kids and grandkids and ask about health concerns mentioned long ago in passing.
That is not surprising, especially considering Triplett says the people at TAMHSC-BCD are what he enjoys most about his job.
“The faculty, staff, students and patients are outstanding, which makes the job very rewarding,” he says.
Some of Triplett’s hobbies:
“Golf and the arts.”
“My family has been very supportive and encouraging to me throughout my career, and is a source of pride and joy.”