Marco Antonio Castro, DDS, director of the School of Dentistry at Montemorelos University, was recently nominated as one of the top 100 doctors in the world of 2022 by Global Summits Institute (GSI).
Each nomination represents recognition for dental professionals who, according to the GSI, exemplify clinical excellence, innovation, research, organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship in service to the healthcare industry.
“It is an honor to be considered and be on par with doctors who are recognized at a world level,” says Castro. “That means we are doing things well and that our work has a certain resonance and is of interest to research entities. It is a privilege to be granted such recognition as a university, and as a person, and this tells us that we must try harder each day to do things better.”
According to GSI, each nominee is evaluated on their professional achievements in the areas of research, publications, continuing education, degrees obtained, previous recognitions, humanitarian efforts, contributions from innovation, leadership, and outstanding contributions to their profession. Each edition of “The Top 100 Doctors” includes distinguished professionals who are selected among thousands of others from over 70 countries.
A native of Guatemala, Castro obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala, as well as a Masters of Oral Rehabilitation and Cosmetic Dentistry. He also has a Masters in Oral Implantology from University of California in Los Angeles, (UCLA) California, U.S., and has a postgraduate degree in scientific research from San Carlos University in Guatemala.
Castro’s piece on the Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)–which is used to accelerate the healing of soft and hard tissue for endodontics—was included in Richard J. Miron’s “Understanding Platelet Rich Fibrin,” a book published by Quintessence Publishing. Castro has two additional PRF research articles that are scheduled to be published soon.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities at Montemorelos University, Castro is working with the Research and Development Health Sciences Center at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on additional research articles. He also ran his own dental practice in Guatemala for more than ten years.
The GSI, in addition to recognizing the work of outstanding professionals, facilitates closer relationships between peers to maximize the exchange of information and collaboration. All the nominees get to participate in the annual events by presenting their work. Castro will be representing Montemorelos University at the 2022 summit.
“This is of international prestige that outstanding and recognized professionals know that Montemorelos University is also doing quality research with valuable interdisciplinary teams,” he says.
A Seventh-day Adventist for more than a decade, Castro says it is a pleasure to be able to represent the school before students, colleagues, and before God.
“Guidance, knowledge, and wisdom definitely come from God,” Castro says. “He is who has enlightened and guided me.”
While this nomination focuses on dental professionals, the GSI has expanded nominations to include medical doctors, optometrists, pharmacists, and chiropractors. In previous years, other Adventist doctors, such as Dr. Joseph Kann from Loma Linda University in California, U.S., have been nominated for this prestigious recognition for their outstanding work in the area of dentistry.