Dr. Erika Benavides is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is a Diplomate and Vice-President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR) and has served as Councilor for Communications and Chair of the Research and Technology Committee of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR). She received her DDS from the University of Valle in Cali, Colombia. She then completed an externship program in the Craniofacial Genetics Department at the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, she completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) program at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) and the Truman Medical Center. At UMKC, she also received her Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology training and a PhD in Oral Biology and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Benavides is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters in the multidisciplinary aspects of diagnostic imaging. Her research interests include the integration of emerging technology to evaluate tissue structure and properties. She has served as a co-investigator in NIH funded grants for the past 5 years. Her clinical practice is dedicated to head and neck 2D and 3D imaging interpretation.