Announcing the 2013 Alumnus and Honorary Alumnus of the Year
The UCLA Dental Alumni Board has selected Greg Prince ’73 as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year and Fermin Carranza as the 2013 Honorary Alumnus of the Year.
They will be honored on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the next Alumni Reunion and Awards Luncheon.
Dr. Greg Prince, 73 was part of the sixth DDS Class at the School. After graduation, he moved down the corridor of the Center for Health Sciences to the Department of Pathology at the UCLA School of Medicine, and in 1975 received a PhD in Pathology, with a research emphasis on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the primary cause of infant pneumonia throughout the world.
Dr. Prince and his wife JaLynn moved to Maryland in 1975, where he continued his research on RSV at the National Institutes of Health. He took the Northeast Regional Dental Board exams in 1976, and from that time until 1994, he combined two careers, one in medical research and the other in family dental practice.
Dr. Prince is the author of more than 150 scientific papers. He is also an avid historian and has published two books, one monograph and nine journal articles in Western American history and biography.
For the past three decades, he has held adjunct faculty appointments at the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor.
Dr. Fermin Carranza received his dental degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1948 followed by a certificate in Periodontics from Tufts University in Boston in 1952. He then went onto hold several teaching appointments, including an Assistant Professor of Periodontics, an Adjunct Professor of Oral Pathology and a Professor of Periodontics. From 1966 to 1974, he held the Chair of Periodontics at the University of Buenos Aires. Following this tenure, he joined UCLA as a Professor and the Chair of the Section Periodontics at the School of Dentistry until his retirement in 1994 when he became a Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Carranza has received numerous awards and has written more than 141 scientific papers and 92 abstracts and has authored numerous books on the field of Periodontics.
Congratulations to Alumnus Gary Parker ‘77
The School’s very own alumnus, Gary Parker, DDS Class of 1977, was granted an honorary fellowship, by election, from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) at the opening ceremonies of the association’s 94th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions.
Dr. Parker was honored for his 25 years plus of voluntary service to the healing surgical arts. He has dedicated his life to serving populations in developing nations, as resident surgeon onboard the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, owned and operated by Mercy Ships.
Dr. Parker, who did his postgraduate training at UCLA in Oral Surgery, was also named the 2012 Alumnus of the Year at this year’s Annual Alumni Luncheon.
UCLA Alumnus Appointed to AAP’s Board of Trustees
At the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel, was appointed and installed as the Vice President on AAP’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Otomo-Corgel is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Section of Periodontics at the School. She received her DDS degree from the School of Dentistry and completed her periodontal residency at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Otomo-Corgel also holds a Masters in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the UCLA School of Public Health. She has been a member of the AAP since 1977.
Making Moves in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Anh Le, UCLA DDS Class of 1992, was recently named the Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. After obtaining her DDS degree, she enrolled in a combined Certificate/PhD program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Biology from 1992 to 1998 at the School. After completing her residency program, she became a faculty member in the Martin Luther King Residency Program at King Drew Medical Center before being recruited by USC.