2014 Alumni & Honorary Alumni of the Year
Drs. Douglas Yoon and Adam Chen were selected as the 2014 School of Dentistry’s Co-Alumni of the Year. Dr. Yoon (pictured right) graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1983 and quickly made a career change by working as a senior scientist at Logicon/RDA from 1983 to 1997. His research areas included digital signal analysis, pattern recognition and process automation. He left Logicon to join the School of Dentistry as a part-time lecturer in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from 1998 to 2003. In 2000, he and Dr. Adam Chen started a company that would later become Cyber Medical Imaging, Inc. (incorporated 2003 - DBA XDR Radiology). He has served at Cyber Medical Imaging as President and Chief Technology Officer from its inception to the present day.
Dr. Chen (pictured left) also graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1983 and over the last 30 years has worked in private practice performing general dentistry. He is the co-founder of Cyber Medical Imaging, Inc. with Dr. Yoon. He helped design the XDR graphic user interface and, along with Dr. Yoon, has published a number of patents in the field of dental digital imaging. Dr. Chen still treats patients two days a week and has served at Cyber Medical Imaging, Inc. as a Vice President and Director of Clinical Operations from its inception to the present day.
Mrs. Shirley and Mr. Ralph Shapiro were selected as the 2014 School of Dentistry’s Co-Honorary Alumni of the Year. Both Shirley and Ralph went to UCLA, Shirley received a BA in Education and Ralph received a BS in Business and Finance and a JD. The couple has a long history of generous service and philanthropy in the community. Specifically to the School of Dentistry, the Shapiros have provided scholarships to our dental students, established the Dr. No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry and have supported the Section of Hospital Dentistry as well as the Apollonian Society Annual Fund.
Dr. Yoon, Dr. Chen and the Shapiros will be honored at the 2014 Alumni Association Luncheon on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Anaheim, in conjunction with the kick-off of the School’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Congratulations to Dr. Yoon, Dr. Chen, and Shirley and Ralph.