School of Dental Medicine

Robert B. Hale
’09 DMD

Robert B. Hale began practicing endodontics in 2013 in Dallas, Texas after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2011, only six weeks prior to completing his two-year residency program. The medical setback would require Hale to undergo 15 months of full-time cognitive and physical therapy, regaining his ability to walk, his memory, verbal processing and other losses.

Now, as an endodontist in Salt Lake City, he has begun the process of organizing a local alumni chapter for UNLV School of Dentistry graduates in coalition with other UNLV Alumni in the area. In 2007, he became president and founder of the UNLV Endodontic Study Club, allowing dental students interested in the endodontic field to learn more about research and treatment techniques. In 2013, the study club was renamed the “Rob Hale Endodontic Study Club” in his honor and continues to meet regularly.

Since graduating, he has continued to volunteer with humanitarian organizations like Smiles for Central America in El Salvador and the American Association of Endodontists’ Access to Care project in San Antonio. He received the Student Achievement Award in Endodontics from the American Association of Endodontists in 2009. He has also co-authored research comparing healing rates of different endodontic techniques performed by undergraduate dental students that was published in the International Journal of Dentistry.

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