Dr Marcela Zapata, Dental Surgeon - Costa RicaDr. Marcela Zapata’s Education

UNIVERSIDAD LATINA DE COSTA RICA, San José, Costa Rica
DDS (1996-2001)

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE, Santiago, Chile
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (2003-2006)

LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY, USA
Postgraduate: Diplomate in Implant Dentistry (2005-2006)

HOSPITAL SAN JOSE, COMPLEJO HOSPITALARIO NORTE, Santiago, Chile.
6 month Fellowship in Implant Dentistry (Jan-July 2006)

Experience

Oct 2006-2009 HOSPITAL SAN JUAN DE DIOS, San Jose, Costa Rica. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

Ene 2008-2009 UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA, San Jose, Costa Rica. Postgraduate Teacher.

May 2007-2009 UNIVERSIDAD LATINA DE COSTA RICA, San Jose, Costa Rica. Surgery Teacher for Dentistry Students.

2007-2009 HOSPITAL CLINICA BIBLICA, San Jose, Costa Rica. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

2007-2009 DENTAL CLINICS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, Costa Rica. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for various clinics throughout the country.

Jan-July 2006 HOSPITAL SAN JOSE, Santiago, Chile. Oral and Maxillofacial fellow in Implant Dentistry Unit.

2003-2006 CHILEAN HEALTH SERVICE, Santiago, Chile.
Oral and Maxillofacial resident in various hospitals in Chile.

  • Hospital de Carabineros de Chile
  • Hospital de la Mutual de Seguridad
  • Hospital Dr. Sotero del Rio
  • Hospital San Borja Arriaran
  • Instituto Nacional del Cancer

May 2002-Dec 2002 DENTAL CLINIC SONRISA PARA TODOS, San Jose, Costa Rica. General Dentistry.

2001-2002 HOSPITAL CLINICA SANTA CATALINA, San José, Costa Rica. Dental Surgery.

Sept 2002-Dec 2002 COSTA RICAN SOCIAL SECURITY, External Practice of Dentistry in various hospitals (Clínica de Heredia, Hospital Max Peralta de Cartago, Clínica Integrada de Tibás, Clínica Carlos Durán).

Honors

  • Graduated as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with maximum distinction. (Magna Cum Laude).
  • Academic Achievement Award, Third best GPA , 2000, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.
  • Perfect Score in Graduation Thesis: “Analysis of the degree of utilization of surgical exposure treatment in the traction of permanent retained superior canines by dentists at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica”.

Leadership

  • Active Member of the Costa Rican Board of Dental Surgeons.
  • Active Member of the Costa Rican Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ACCOM).
  • Secretary of the Board. Costa Rican Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Active Member of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. (IAOMS)
  • Active Member of AO Foundation (Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen.). Davos, Switzerland.
  • Secretary of the Board. AO CMF Costa Rica.
  • In accreditation process to AAOMS (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)

Skills

  • Multicultural: Bilingual, completely fluent in oral and written English and Spanish.
  • Presently studying French as a Third Language.
  • Computer Proficiency: Internet, Power Point, Excel, Microsoft Word and Windows.
  • Interpersonal communication skills.

Specialized Courses

  • Actualization in Maxillofacial Trauma. 220 hours duration. (June 11-Nov 30, 2005). Instituto Traumatologico, Santiago, Chile.
  • Pain in Maxillofacial Region, Multidisciplinary Focus. (Aug 11-Nov 17, 2003) Chilean Air Force Hospital. Santiago, Chile.
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) degree, Tusculum College, Tennessee, USA (April 1999)

Written Papers and Presentations in Professional Conventions

  • “Ránula Cervical” coauthor, XVII Jornadas Nacionales de Cirugía Bucal y Maxilofacial (October 1st, 2005. Concepción, Chile).
  • Graduation Thesis: “Analysis of the degree of utilization of surgical exposure treatment in the traction of permanent retained superior canines by dentists at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica” (June 2001. San Jose, Costa Rica).

Conferences and Other Courses

  • Participation in the 19th International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Shanghai, China. May 24-27th, 2009.
  • Participation in the SORG ACADEMY Symposium: Oncologic Raconstructive Surgery. Including Free Flap Hands-on Model Workshop. Shanghai, China. May 23rd, 2009.
  • Participacion curso AO San Jose, Costa Rica. 2008.
  • Participacion curso AO San Jose, Costa Rica. 2007.
  • Participation in Central American AO Course. Osteosynthesis Principles in Craneo Maxillofacial Surgery. San Jose, Costa Rica. August 2-4, 2007
  • Participation in the 87th Annual Meeting AAOMS (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) Boston, Massachusetts, USA. September 21-24, 2005.
  • “Management of Post-Traumatic Nasal Deformities” (September 22, 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • “Symposium on Cosmetic Surgery: The Face Lift” (September 24 , 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • “Symposium on Salivary Glands Pathology and Outcome Studies” (September 22, 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • “State of the Art in TMJ Surgery” (September 22, 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • “The Art of Science of Botulinum Toxin in Oral Surgery” (September 23, 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • “Symposium on Pediatric Maxillofacial Trauma” (September 24, 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • “Symposium on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Vascular Lesions” (September 24, 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • “Advanced Approaches to Odontogenic Cysts and Tumors” (dictated by Dr. Robert Marx, on September 24, 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • Course “Orthognatic Surgery and Complimentary Plastics” (dictated by Dr. César Guerrero. September, 2005. Concepción, Chile)
  • Course “Osteogenic Distraction” (dictated by Dr. Maurice Mommaerts. September, 2005. Concepción, Chile)
  • Participation in XVII National Conferences in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (September 28 to October 1, 2005. Concepción, Chile)
  • Participation in III Simposium of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Interdisciplinary Focus in Craneofacial Malformations (April 21, 22 and 23, 2005. Santiago, Chile)
  • Participation in Basic AO Course with Workshop “Facial Trauma and Principles of Internal Stable Fixation” (March 31 to April 2, 2004. Santiago, Chile)
  • Participation in Actualization in Maxillofacial Surgery Convention, Santiago, Chile. (dictated by Dr.Arnett and Dr.Mc.Laughlin, October 28 and 29, 2004)
  • Postgraduate Course “Video Discusssion. Technical Aspects in Video Surgery” (Viña del Mar, Chile. November 23 to 26 , 2003.)
  • Postgraduate Course “Controversies in Oncologic Surgery” (Viña del Mar, Chile. November 23 to 26, 2003.)
  • Participation in the LXXVI Chilean and International Convention of Surgery. (Viña del Mar, Chile. November 20 to 23, 2003.)
  • Participation in the Convention of Actualization in Ortodontics and Orthognatic Surgery, (dictated by Dr.Arnett and Dr.Mc.Laughlin. (Santiago, Chile. October 7 and 8, 2003)
  • Participation in ADA Meeting 2002 (American Dental Association). New Orleans, USA. October 19 to 22 , 2002.
  • “Premalignant lesions and oral cancer: diagnostic dilemmas and management approaches” (dictated by Sol Silverman Jr. DDS-MS, October 20, 2002. New Orleans, USA.)
  • “Oral medicine made easy” (dictated by Harriet S. Goldman DDS-MPH, October 20, 2002. New Orleans, USA.)
  • “Implants vs. Endodontics” (dictated by Stuart Coleton DDS, Sam Strong DDS, Richard Rubinstein DDS-MS, October 20, 2002. New Orleans, USA.)
  • “A potpurri of oral pathology: I’ve always wondered about that stuff!” (dictated by Denis Lynch DDS PhD, October 21, 2002. New Orleans, USA.)
  • Participation in Convention ACCO 2002 (Costa Rican Association of Odontologic Meetings). San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Participation in Dental Convention 2002, Turrialba, Costa Rica (April, 2002)
  • Participation in Convention ACCO 2000. San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Distraction Osteogenesis for Craniomaxillofacial Skeleton” (dictated by Dr.Jeffrey J.Moses y Dr.Suzanne U. Stucki-Mc Cormick, September 18, 2001) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Distraction Osteogenesis for Orthognatic/TMD patients” (dictated by Dr.Jeffrey J.Moses y Dr.Suzanne U. Stucki-Mc Cormick, September 18, 2001) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Distraction Osteogenesis for Pre-Prosthetic Surgery” (dictated by Dr. Jeffrey J.Moses y Dr.Suzanne U. Stucki-Mc Cormick, September 18, 2001) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Premalignant and Malignant lesions of the Oral Cavity” (dictated by Dr. José Joaquín Ulloa Gamboa, June 22 , 2001) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Actualization in Odontologic Pharmacotherapy” (dictated by Dr. José Manuel Rodríguez López, May 16 , 2001) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Support Software in prosthetic and implantologic treatment ” (dictated by Dr. Helmut Steveling y Dr. Luis Gallardo, March 1, 2001) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Clinical Cases of Astra System Implantology” (dictated by Dr. Helmut Steveling and Dr. Luis Gallardo, March 1, 2001) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Osteohistiogenic Distraction for the Craneofacial Skeleton” (dictated by Dr. Jeffrey J. Moses and Dr. Kevin Smith, Feburary 20, 2001) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Mandibular Distraction Surgery” (dictated by Dr. Eric Vargas Calderón and Dr. Miguel Alfaro Cantón, October 20, 2000) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Dental Implants in Anterior Region” (dictated by Dr. Eric Vargas Calderón and Dr. Miguel Alfaro Cantón, October 20, 2000) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Actualization in Prevention and Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease” (dictated by Dra. Rossie Brender, August 7, 2000) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Endodontics” (dictated by Dr.Cristopher Wenkus, November 11, 1999) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Oral Pathology” (dictated by Dr. Michael Colvard, November 10 , 1999) San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • “Maxillofacial Surgery” (dictated by Dr. Kalebth Abughazaled, November 9 ,1999) San Jose, Costa Rica.