Dr. Budenz is professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and is Interim Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. He received his graduate degree in Anatomy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He has more than 35 years of general practice experience in San Francisco, has served as clinical group practice administrator and chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Emergency Services and is a general dentistry clinical instructor at Pacific, as well as having taught anatomy courses at Pacific since 1984. Due to his background, he is well qualified to combine basic anatomical instruction with practical clinical applications for dentists and hygienists alike. He has lectured internationally on local anesthesia, oral medicine, cariology, and the anatomical basis of dentistry topics, and for twelve consecutive years, from 2005 — present, has been recognized as an Annual Leader in Continuing Education by "Dentistry Today".