Summer 2012 Newsletter
Alumni Day at the CDA
Our Alumni Day events were held on May 5th, during the CDA Spring Scientific Session in Anaheim California. As we have done for the past 11 years, all activities were held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.
Annual Reunion and Awards Luncheon
310 Alums, Faculty and Staff were on hand to Honor:
Gary R. Parker ’77, our Alumnus of the Year
Afsaneh Malaekeh '93, our Outgoing President
The Reunion Classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007
2012–2014 President Emily Letran and 2010-2012 President Afsaneh Malaekeh
Alumnus of the Year
Gary R. Parker ’77
Due to scheduling difficulty and his commitment to the Mercy Ship Africa, Gary was unable to attend our event. Therefore, the presentation and his acceptance were done by video.
Gary Parker’s Bio:
Following his surgical residency at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), Gary worked for five years as a Senior Registrar in the British National Health Service in the North Wales' Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Unit.
In 1986, Gary joined Mercy Ships for the first MS surgical program. The location was Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico. Since that time, he as served full time in MS. In 1995 he added the responsibility of ships' Chief Medical Officer to his surgical role and continues to serve in both capacities to this day. From 1998 to 2003 Gary also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Mercy Ship, M/V Anastasis, in addition to his surgical and CMO responsibilities.
Gary has worked with Mercy Ships in the nations of Benin, The Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Liberia, Madagascar, Mexico, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Togo. Surgically he treats children and adults suffering with congenital deformities in the head and neck region such as cleft lip and/or palate; excision of tumors; reconstruction after destructive infections such as noma; repair of burn damage and other similar problems in the facial, head and neck region.
Gary met his wife, Susan, aboard the Mercy Ship Anastasis in 1987 and together with their two children, Carys and Wesley, they reside full time on board the Africa Mercy.
Affiliations and Awards
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: Fellowship by Election, 2011
Royal College of Surgeons: Fellowship by Election, London, England, 2007
This year, Dean Park welcomed over 600 guests to his annual reception. All had a great time visiting and relaxing.
Host, Associate Dean Ronald Mito ’76 greeting Gary France ‘80
For the 4th year in a row, Doug Yoon and Adam Chen, members of the class of ’83, and owners of XDR Radiology sponsored our annual dance.
Adam Chen and Doug Yoon (both ’83 grads)
The 38th Cav Recon Band provided classic 70’s and 80’s Rock and Roll Music.
Annual Alumni Breakfast Lecture
Saturday October 6, 2012 from 8:00 am to noon at the UCLA School of Dentistry
Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA
This year’s featured speaker will be the president of Digital Dental Strategies, Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA. He will discuss how dentists can attract and retain patients with an aesthetically pleasing, content-rich dental website. He will also cover the advantages of using social media.