<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=799546403794687&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
Dr Tanya Wright CU Dental

Faculty Feature: Meet Tanya Wright, DDS

CU Dental Associate Professor (C/T), Diagnostic Sciences

minute read

Written by Laura Ramsey on February 23, 2023

Dr. Wright earned her dental degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her oral and maxillofacial pathology residency at the New York Hospital of Queens (New York-Presbyterian Queens) in Flushing, New York. She became a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist and began her tenure in academia at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 2004. She served as a consultant with OralDNA labs to help with the promotion and understanding of the human papillomavirus salivary test. Prior to her arrival at the University of Colorado, she worked at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where she was involved with the biopsy service and teaching dental students and residents.

Q&A Header

If you had 24 hours to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?

I would fly to New York City to shop, attend a Broadway play on opening night, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, and eat the wonderful food the city has to offer including a hotdog and crinkle fries from Nathan’s. 

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am proud of my teaching awards, but I am most proud to see my former students and residents succeeding and excelling in their careers. They have reached out and told me how key phrases or examples from my lectures helped them pass their board certification exams and/or diagnose patients. With these success stories, I know I chose the right career path of academia.

What are you looking forward to the most about your role and why?

I look forward to working with and learning from the students by sharing my passion and knowledge of oral pathology. I am excited when students can apply their didactic knowledge with their clinical experiences and seeing the “light bulb” moment happen. It feels rewarding that I play a part in training the new generation of dentists to properly treat and care for patients.

Topics: Faculty