Pei Kang, BDS, PhD

Meet Dr. Kang

“Thorough” and “gentle” are the two common words from Dr. Kang’s patients. 

Originally from China, I came to Baylor College of Dentistry in 1998, to pursue a Ph.D. in oral biology. In 2001, I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend the endodontic residency program. As a board eligible endodontist, I have been in private practice since 2004, mostly in Arlington, Texas. 

I met my husband Joel, in a “Dress like the 50′s” party, at Covenant Church in Carrollton, Texas. We currently have two canine kids – Bubba is a retired therapy dog, and Happy is… just happy :). Joel and I are different in so many ways – family background, culture, personality … Besides that, he could not stand the sight of any medical or dental procedures. My dear father-in-law, who has allowed me to perform two root canal treatments for him, was once a kid who punched his dentist in the face and ran out of the office. (I wonder what went through his head when he found his only son was dating a dentist?)

In my spare time you will find me teaching a yoga class, meeting friends at a coffee shop, and filling my Instagram account with dog pictures. And I would love for you to check out my blogs.

EDUCATION

1991 – 1996: BDS, Dental College, Dalian Medical University, P. R. China

1998 – 2002:  Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology: Mentor: Dr. Kathy K. H. Svoboda, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M System Health Science Center, Dallas, TX

2002 – 2004: Baylor College of Dentistry, Endodontic residency and certificate in EndodonticsAmerican Association of Endodontics (AAE)

2004 – now: Board eligible – American Board of Endodontics (ABE)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2004 – 2006: Endodontic private practice – Dallas, TX

2006 – 2017: Endodontic private practice – Arlington, TX

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

1999 – 2001: International/American Association of Dental Research (IADR/AADR).

2000 – 2003: American Association of Anatomist (AAA).

2000 – 2003: American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB).

2004 – now: American Dental Association (ADA)

Leadership and Activities

1991 – 1996: Class president, Dental College, Dalian Medical University.

1998 – 2002: Officer of Graduate Student Organization, Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Dentistry

2002 – 2003: Board of directors – student representative, American Association of Anatomists.

2004 – 2005: Chair of sponsorship committee, Dallas Asian Dental Association

2005 – 2006: Chair of continuing Education committee, Dallas Asian Dental Association

2006 – 2007: Secretary and treasure, Dallas Asian dental Association

2008 – 2010: Registered Therapy Dog Team, Delta Society of Pet Partners, for handicapped children and nursing homes

AWARDS

1998: Konrad and Clara Lux Scholarship, Baylor College of Dentistry

2000: Young Investigator Award (1st place), 12th Annual Conference of the Texas Mineralized Tissue Society, Dallas, TX.

2001: Warner-Lambert Hatton Award finalist, American Association of Dental Research meeting, Chicago, IL

2001: Langman Award 1st runner-up, Experimental Biology (FASEB), American Association of Anatomists, Orlando, FL

2001: Student Travel Award, Experimental Biology (FASEB) 2001, American Association of Anatomists, Orlando, FL.

2001: First Place Award, Texas Tri-Dental Schools, Student Research Competition, Dallas, TX.

2002: Langman Award 1st runner-up, Experimental Biology (FASEB), American Association of Anatomists, New Orleans, Louisiana

2002: Student Travel Award, Experimental Biology (FASEB) 2002, American Association of Anatomists, New Orleans, Louisiana

2002: First Place Award, Texas Tri-Dental Schools, Student Research Competition, Dallas, TX.

Grant

 1/1/01 to 8/31/02Texas A&M Health Sciences Center Tobacco Endowment Fund

The Effects of Nicotine on Palate Development:

Role: investigator and co-author of the grant. Kathy K.H. Svoboda, (PI)           

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Opperman LA, Drake DB, Kang P, Nakeeb SM, Gammas M, and Morgan RF. A Pilot Study of Short and Long Term Sequelae to Rigid Fixation across Metacarpal Physes in a Baboon Model. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2000 Jan; 44(1): 36-43.

Kang P and Svoboda K. K. H. PI3 Kinase Activity is Essential for Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transformation during Murine Palate Fusion. Developmental Dynamics 2002 Nov, 225:316-321.

Kang P and Svoboda K. K. H. Confocal Microscope Analysis of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transformation (EMT) during Murine Palatal Fusion and Role of PI3 Kinase. Experimental Biology (FASEB) Meeting, April 15-18, 2000, San Diego, CA.

Kang P and Svoboda K. K. H. PI3 Kinase is Involved in Epithelial-mesenchymal Transformation (EMT) during Murine Palatal Fusion. 12th Annual Meeting of the Texas Mineralized Tissues Society, July 21-23, 2000, Dallas, TX.

Kang P and Svoboda K. K. H. Transmitted and Confocal Microscopy Analysis of Palate Fusion and the Role of PI-3 Kinase. Texas Journal of Microscopy, 2000 Nov. Vol. 31:2

Kang P and Svoboda K. K. H. Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transformation during Palate Fusion Requires PI3 Kinase Activity. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 2000 Dec. Vol 11 (supplement) 60a.

Kang P and Svoboda K. K. H. Basement membrane degradation and epithelial-mesenchymal transformation during palate fusion requires PI-3 kinase. Journal of Dental Research. 2001, Vol.80 (AADR abstract), 241.

Kang P, Jan Lalor, Adrieene Douglas, Svoboda K. K. H. Nicotine Inhibits Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transformation during Murine Palate Fusion. FASEB Journal. 2001, Vol.15 (4), A1102

Kang P, Jan Lalor, Svoboda K. K. H. Nicotinic Receptors are Expressed in Medial Edge Epithelia during Palate Development and Nicotine Inhibits Palate Fusion in Vitro. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 2001, Dec. Vol. 12 (Supplement), 373a.

Kang P, Jan Lalor, Svoboda K. K. H. Nicotine Regulates Akt Phosphorylation in Medial Edge Epithelia and Inhibit Palatal Fusion. Journal of Dental Research. 2002, Vol.81 (AADR abstract), A-302.

Kang P, Svoboda K. K. H. Nicotine Modulates Nicotinic Receptors and PI-3 Kinase Pathway in Medial Edge Epithelia (MEE) during Palate Fusion. FASEB Journal. 2002, Vol 16 (5) PtII, A731,

Kang P, Svoboda K. K. H. PI-3 Kinase Signaling during Palate Development. AADR symposium, San Antonio, March 2003.

Kang P, Svoboda K. K. H. Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transformation during Palate Development. Experimental Biology meeting, San Diego, April 2003.

Kang, P. and Chamorro, M.: Débridement of irregular canals with NiTi rotary instruments used in a circumferential manner. AAE annual meeting, Tampa, FL

Kang, P. Effective Rotary Gutta-Percha Removal. AAE annual meeting, Anaheim, CA