KANG "ERIC" TING, DMD, DMEDSC
Dr. Thomas R. Bales Endowed Chair in Orthodontics
SECTION CHAIR, ORTHODONTICS
Welcome to the website for the Section of Orthodontics (a unit within the Division of Associated Clinic Specialties). The mission of the Section of Orthodontics is to improve the health of the people of California by educating students and practitioners in dentofacial orthopedics and orthodontics; researching the causes, prevention, and treatment of malocclusion and skeletal imbalances; and providing service to our patients and the community.
The Orthodontics Secion is involved with teaching in the entire spectrum of education at the School including in the predoctoral program, postgraduate program for foreign and domestic trained dentists (which includes concurrent enrollment in the Oral Biology M.S. Program), an unaccredited program for individuals interested in enhancing their preclinical skills and observing clinical care, in addition to weekend Continuing Education courses.
The Section of Orthodontics faculty members are actively engaged in research, overseeing millions of dollars in grants. They regularly publish their findings in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Tissue Engineering, and the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.
The Chair of the Section, Dr. Kang Ting, is a dual-trained orthodontist/PhD. His research is in the area craniofacial anomalies and tissue engineering. He has published more than 68 manuscripts. Dr. Ting has an ongoing project with the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine for $5.4 M in funding.
Dr. Eung-Kwon Pae, the director of the postgraduate orthodontics program, is also a dual-trained orthodontist/PhD. His area of interest is in the physiology of obstructive sleep apnea and epigenetic influence of hypoxia. Dr. Pae has published more than 30 articles.
Dr. Jeanne Nervina, director of the predoctoral orthodontics program, is a dual-trained orthodontist/PhD and her research is also in the molecular biology of oral structures. Dr. Nervina is co-principal investigator on a $1,600,000 NIH R01 grant awarded to Dr. Sotirios Tetradis, and she was the principle investigator on a $540,000 NIH K08 grant.
Dr. Won Moon, the director of the international orthodontic programs, is actively engaged in researches on Micro-Implants and 3-D Analysis.
Dr. Clarice Law is a dual-trained pediatric dentist and orthodontist with Board Certification in both specialties and a master’s degree in oral biology. Her research interests include community health and educational innovation. Dr. Law is a recipient of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation Research Award and an NIH R25 award.
Dr. Hao-Fu Lee, the director of the orthodontic clinic, has active research projects on 3D finite element analysis and 3D cone beam studies. She is a recipient of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation Research Award and also supported by an American Association of Orthodontists research grant.
Dr. Kyle Lee is a full time professor in the Section of Orthodontics. Dr. Lee graduated with DDS from the Seoul National University, Korea and received his Orthodontics Certificate and Master of Science degree in Oral Biology at UCLA.
Section faculty supervise orthodontic care performed by by both predoctoral and postdoctoral students in the UCLA School of Dentistry's Predoctoral Dental Clinic, the Dr. Thomas R. Bales Orthodontic Clinic, and the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center. In addition, the faculty members see patients at the Faculty Group Dental Practice.