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From Student to Teacher

Dr. Cody Hughes, the School of Dental Medicine's Alumnus of the Year, returns to serve its pediatric program.

People  |  Apr 25, 2017  |  By Brian Sodoma

Dr. Cody Hughes, 2017 UNLV School of Dental Medicine Alumnus of the Year. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Creative Services)

Editor's Note: 

The UNLV Alumni Association will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates at its annual reception and awards ceremony April 26. For a full list of honorees and event details, visit the alumni awards website


Dr. Cody Hughes, ’07 DMD, returned to his hometown of Mesquite to establish a dental practice with offices in Mesquite, Logandale, and Las Vegas. He has obtained Diplomat status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is now the program director of pediatric dentistry at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine.


Why I’m a proud graduate of UNLV …
There are a number of reasons why I’m a proud UNLV graduate. It started as a dental student, when I was able to learn from knowledgeable faculty who treated me more as a colleague than a student. I established relationships with my fellow students, faculty, and staff which I still treasure today. When I graduated from UNLV and began my pediatric dentistry residency program at another institution, it became apparent the quality of education and training UNLV had provided. I worked alongside residents from other dental schools and quickly realized I had been well taught and prepared.

It has since been an honor to be a faculty member at the School of Dental Medicine. It’s exciting to witness and be a part of the progress that has occurred since I first began as a dental student. The UNLV School of Dental Medicine continues to increase its standing and notoriety among the nation’s dental schools. I’m grateful for the opportunities afforded me as a dental student, and now as faculty. I look forward to what the future holds for UNLV School of Dental Medicine and embrace my role in helping it to become an even greater institution.