From 2009-2011, Dr. Avila-Ortiz was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2011 as an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics.
Dr. Avila-Ortiz is the course director for Periodontic Methods I. He lectures in the periodontal curriculum for D2, D3 and D4 students and periodontal residents.
He teaches in the undergraduate periodontal clinic, the Department of Family Dentistry's undergraduate comprehensive care program, and also in the periodontal resident clinics. He is involved in patient care within the collegiate intramural practice.
Dr. Avila-Ortiz's research interest is focused on alveolar bone, including understanding of healing dynamics based on local and systemic individual patient features, analysis of site specific factors that determine bone quality, evaluation of therapeutic strategies to prevent alveolar ridge resorption after tooth loss, and implant site development techniques, in particular sinus floor elevation.
Dr. Avila-Ortiz attended the 2009 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) and is the recipient of the 2011 Teaching Fellowship from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He is also a member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the Midwest Society of Periodontology (MSP), and an international member of the Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA), as well as a founding member of the Spanish College of Oral Implantologists (SCOI).