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Demetra D. Logothetis, RDH, MS

Professor Emeritus

Graduate Program Director, Department of Dental Medicine

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Academic Career

Logothetis received her undergraduate degree from UNM in 1984, and her graduate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1986. She joined the UNM faculty in 1986 and became director of the dental hygiene program in 1996, serving in that capacity for 16 years. She retired from her full-time position in 2012 and is currently teaching part-time and serving as the department’s graduate program director.

Research Interests

Logothetis’ research interests are in the area of local anesthesia, infection control and emergency medicine. She has published 48 articles in a variety of journals and served as editor for many dental hygiene publications. She has also written and published three dental hygiene textbooks: Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist (Elsevier); SUCCESS in Dental Hygiene (Pearson) and High Yield Facts in Dental Hygiene (Pearson). She has brought in more than $2 million in grants and contracts to UNM’s dental hygiene programs.

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Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Education Association
  • Sigma Phi Alpha


UNM Announces New Department of Dental Medicine
(HSC NewsBeat; April 7, 2011) – The UNM School of Medicine has announced that a new Department of Dental Medicine was recently approved by the UNM faculty senate.

Dental Hygiene Director "Distinguished Alumnus"
(HSC NewsBeat; May 20, 2008) – The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Division of Dental Hygiene awarded the first-ever Distinguished Alumnus Award to its Director, Demetra Logothetis.

UNM Dental Hygiene Program Accredited With Perfect Marks
(HSC NewsBeat; Dec. 4, 2002)— Years of improvements designed to rescue the UNM Dental Hygiene Program from the axe have culminated in full accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.