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Dr. Rodrigo Maia is new director of dental school’s Continuing Education program2 min read

January 24, 2024

Dr. Rodrigo Maia is new director of dental school’s Continuing Education program2 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 24, 2024 – School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Rodrigo Maia is the new director of the school’s Continuing Dental Education program.

Dr. Rodrigo Maia

This newly expanded position is responsible for leading the design and development of a continuing education program business plan for the school. Working closely with the Faculty CDE Advisory Committee, Dr. Maia will develop and execute a variety of classes, courses, seminars and symposia annually to provide dental professionals with ongoing training opportunities.

Maia, who joined the dental school in 2020, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics. In 2021, he was appointed Restorative Discipline Coordinator in the department. 

Maia received his DDS degree from Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and an MS and PhD in Restorative Dentistry from the Rio de Janeiro State University. He served in the Brazilian Air Force, where he earned certificates in Operative Dentistry and in Periodontology, and was appointed Director of the Operative Dentistry graduate program. He worked extensively as a part-time private practitioner in Rio de Janeiro.

He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa, where he joined the Department of Operative Dentistry as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 2013 was hired as an Assistant Professor at Iowa and served from 2015 to 2020 as a Co-Director of the Advanced Education Program in Operative Dentistry.

Maia currently serves on the executive board of the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry, a consortium of dental professionals and other experts interested in the area of aesthetic dentistry related to scientific investigation and application of color and appearance in dentistry. As a clinician-scientist, Maia’s research interests include the interaction of light in dental tissues/biomaterials and the development of new ways to achieve restorations with light properties that closely replicate the natural appearance of dental tissues.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral healthcare education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.