Dr. Pat Ricalde, DDS, MD, FACS, attended dental school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, graduating magna cum laude and receiving numerous performance awards to include: the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities Award, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Award, Nathan David Gold Memorial Award, and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award. She was recognized by Who’s Who among students in American Universities and Colleges and has been inducted into the Gorgas Odontological Honor Society as well as the OKU Honorary Dental Society. Dr. Ricalde continued her education in Baltimore, first completing medical school, and then an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Maryland and Shock Trauma Center. Dr. Ricalde’s advanced training includes: dentoalveolar surgery, dental implants, bone grafting, orthognathic surgery, head/neck pathology, craniofacial trauma, and reconstructive surgery.
After finishing residency, she completed a fellowship with internationally renowned Dr. Jeffrey C. Posnick. Under his tutelage she received advanced training in the management of patients with cleft lip/palate, dentofacial malformations, pediatric craniofacial deformities, and facial aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Ricalde lectures both nationally and internationally on the subject of pediatric craniofacial surgery. She is the lead investigator in research projects to improve surgical care for patients, and maintains academic affiliations in order to educate future maxillofacial and craniofacial surgeons. Dr. Ricalde has volunteered with many international non-profit organizations dedicated to providing surgical assistance to less fortunate patients with cleft lip/ palate anomalies. She is the Founder and Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and holds privileges at most area hospitals.