Dr. Hugo E. Artaza was born in Austin, Texas in 1955. For eight years of his youth he lived in South America when Brown & Root assigned his father to Paraguay. While in South America, he became fluent in Spanish.
After graduating from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas, he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Dr. Artaza graduated from The University of Texas HSC Dental Branch in Houston in 1981. He completed the four-year program in three years, graduating as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Artaza is a private practitioner with over 36 years of experience. He is a member in good standing in the Greater Houston Dental Society, Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentistry and the Pankey Institute.
Dr. Artaza and his family moved to Katy in 1986 where his practice has remained for the past 24 years. Dr. Artaza, his wife, Donna, and their three children, Nicolas, Marco and Danica, are all actively involved in the Katy community. Dr. Artaza is a parishioner at Epiphany of the Lord where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is a member in good standing in the Greater Houston Dental Society, Texas Dental Association and the American Dental Association. During the months of February-March, Dr. Artaza donates his time to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo where he is a member of the International Committee. Dr. Artaza is a member of the HLSR BBQ Team, “Pitts and Ashes.” His team participates in the HLSR BBQ Cook-Off as well as grilling for local charity events and supports fundraisers for those in need. Dr. Artaza joined along side the international cooking team and members “Bottomless Pit” of HLSR, to serve over 1,500 hot meals in under 1 and a half hours to victims and rescuers of Brazoria County on September 4th, 2017.
In addition to reaching out to his own community, Dr. Artaza has also provided dental services to Honduran citizens through his involvement with Heart for Honduras, an organization he has been involved with since 1996. Dr. Artaza has led dental teams to rural areas and villages in Honduras where they provide relief aid and dental services to the local community. Tooth and gum disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the rural areas of Honduras. These missions have made a difference in the lives of thousands who visit the clinic each year.