Dr. Pedro Franco, DDS
Dr. Pedro Franco was born in Cali, Colombia. He attended Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Dentistry, in Bogota, Colombia, where he earned his DDS degree and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency. Following his surgical training in Colombia, Dr. Franco went to Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago completing an oral and maxillofacial training program under Drs. Mark Steinberg and Louis Mercuri. He then spent 15 months in a postgraduate fellowship program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, with Dr. Larry Wolford. Following the fellowship, he returned to Colombia and built a successful private practice in Bogota, in addition to joining Pontificia Javeriana University as a clinical professor.
In 2000, Dr. Pedro Franco came back to Dallas and joined the oral and maxillofacial surgery faculty at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A & M University System Health Science Center. He was employed as a full-time professor instructing the undergraduate and graduate students on oral surgical techniques.
After five years at Baylor, Dr. Franco entered into private practice, but remained as a part-time faculty member. He is currently the president of major oral surgeons’ organization.
In his private practice, Dr. Franco practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with an emphasis in temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, reconstructive surgery. He has special interest in performing facial cosmetic and orthognathic jaw surgery, as well as placing dental implants. Dr. Franco has hospital privileges at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Franco travels to other countries on mission trips to treat patients with cleft lip and palate deformities, and children with craniofacial syndromes. He also lectures internationally on the topics of facial reconstruction, dental implants, temporomandibular joint, and orthognathic surgery.
He enjoys running, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family. In addition to personal hobbies, he belongs to non-profit organizations such as Healing the Children and the United for Colombia. Further charitable activities include orchestrating and performing pro-bono medical care for patients from other countries who can benefit from advanced procedures and techniques offered in the U.S.
Dr. Franco chosen as one of the best dentists in Dallas by DMagazine
Dr. Jared Gilliland, DDS
Dr. Jared Gilliland was born in Mount Kisco, New York and raised in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Baylor University with a B.S. in Biology, he attended Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry where he graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2017. Dr. Gilliland then moved to Oklahoma where he completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Oklahoma.
His areas of interest include orthognathic and reconstructive surgery, wisdom teeth and dental implants.
He has enjoyed serving on mission trips to Belize, Honduras, and Trinidad & Tobago in the past and looks forward to continuing to serve those in need.
Dr. Gilliland is a devoted husband and father and has many interests outside of the specialty. He is an active member of his church, enjoys cheering on his Baylor Bears and Oklahoma Sooners in basketball and football, and plays golf in his spare time.
Ahmed Zaidi, DMD
Dr Ahmed Zaidi grew up in Southern California and is a proud alumnus of the University of California Riverside where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Biology in 2007.He continued to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2013. Dr Zaidi then began his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2015 at the Louisiana State University in Shreveport Louisiana where he graduated in June of 2019.
In his spare time, Dr Zaidi enjoys cooking with his family and exploring the great outdoors as well as traveling around the world and absorbing other cultures. In 2012 he embarked on a mission trip to Jamaica to treat patients with dental issues in rural areas. He plans on visiting more countries in the future to treat people in need that live in underserved areas. He avidly follows the latest tech news, constantly learning about the new and innovative technology.
His areas of interest include placing dental implants, wisdom teeth, facial cosmetics and orthognathic jaw surgery.