2002 Alumnus of the year
Ronald S. Mito, DDS, FDS RCSEd
Class of 1976
Dr. Mito graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1976 and completed residency training in Family Practice and Hospital Dentistry in 1977 at the UCLA Hospital. He transitioned from private practice to full time academics in 1984 and became the Director of the General Practice Residency program. He continued his advancement in administration becoming the Chair of the Section of Hospital Dentistry and eventually Associate Dean for Clinical Dental Sciences, a position he has held since 1994.
Dr. Mito is known clinically for the dental management of patients with dental phobia and is recognized nationally and internationally for advancing postdoctoral training in general dentistry. In 2002, he was selected as one of the first ten US dentists to be conferred diplomate status “without examination” in the 500 year old Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Mito has served as President of the Western Los Angeles Dental Society, Trustee to the California Dental Association, President of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, member of the ADA Council on Legislation, Chair of the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee and Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. He recently completed his term as Vice President of the Dental Board of California. Dr. Mito is a member of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society.
Dr. Mito is a Past President of the Dental Alumni Association and has served as Co-Chair of the Apollonian Society since its re-birth in 2004.