Dr. Neal Garrett to Drive School of Dentistry’s Inter-professional Education and Practice Initiatives
Dr. Neal Garrett was appointed the new Associate Dean for Education and Faculty Development, effective September 1. In this new position, he will be responsible for the curriculum of the DDS and postgraduate clinical training programs as well as the development and maintenance of the Inter-professional Education (IPE) and Inter-professional Practice (IPP) initiatives at the School of Dentistry. The growth of IPE and IPP is important to the future of our education enterprise, as the Commission of Dental Accreditation has established these two areas as a standard for all DDS and DMD programs in the U.S.
Dr. Garrett joined the School of Dentistry more than 13 years ago and most recently served as the Interim Chair of the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics. He has already begun to work with School of Medicine on these important initiatives. Dr. Garrett's excellent background and effective communications skills will ensure the success of this endeavour. Congratulations to Dr. Garrett on his new position.
Dr. Daniela Silva to Oversee Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Daniela Silva was appointed the new Chair of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry, effective September 25. Dr. Silva stepped in as the new Chair after Dr. Clarice Law decided to resign to focus on growing the Community Health and Advocacy Training in Pediatric Dentistry program at the Venice Dental Clinic.
Dr. Silva, an Associate Clinical Professor, will continue in her role as the Director of the Pediatric Dentistry residency training programs at the Westwood and San Diego locations. Dr. Silva was also recently named the Thomas K. Barber Term Endowed Chair in Pediatric Dentistry. Congratulations Dr. Silva!
Dr. Eric Ting Takes Post of Division Chair of Associated Clinical Specialties
Dr. Kang (Eric) Ting was appointed the new Division Chair of Associated Clinical Specialties, effective August 1, 2012. Dr. Ting, who joined the School in 1994 as a Professor, has been the Section Chair of Orthodontics since 2004. He currently holds the Dr. Thomas R. Bales Endowed Chair in Orthodontics and is Board-Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Ting is a well-established scientist with many extramural funds and publications in competitive scientific journals. Under Dr. Ting’s leadership, the Section of Orthodontics has grown to be one of the largest and most advanced programs in the nation with an excellent, broad-based operation that is able to even treat children with craniofacial deformities. Congratulations to Dr. Ting!
Recognizing Dr. E. Barrie Kenney for Years of Dedicated Service
After serving UCLA for 38 years, Dr. E. Barrie Kenney announced his retirement at the end of June. Although we will miss seeing him on a regular basis, Dr. Kenney will be recalled as a Professor Emeritus and will remain involved in various activities in the Section of Periodontics. Dr. Kenney will also continue his patient care activities as a member of the Periodontics and Implant Surgery Faculty Group practice.
Dr. Kenney joined the School of Dentistry in 1974 as Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and over the years, has built one of the best Periodontics programs in the country. He has served the School in several capacities, including Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Director of the Post-Doctoral Periodontics Specialty Program, Chair of the Section of Periodontics and Chair of the Division of Associated Clinical Specialties. In 1999, he was conferred the first Endowed Chair at the School, the Tarrson Family Endowed Chair in Periodontics.
Dr. Kenney has brought immeasurable value to the School’s academic curriculum and represented the School at numerous lectures throughout the country and abroad. The School was lucky to have him as part of the faculty for as long as he served and we wish him well in his retirement.
In the interim, Dr. Perry Klokkevold will serve as acting Chair of the Section of Periodontics.
Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez Improving the Oral Health of Diverse Populations
Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez, Professor in the Section of Pediatric Dentistry received three awards at a joint convention of professional dental associations in Boca Raton, Fla. on July 20. The collaborative event, which was coined the Multi-Cultural Oral Health Summit, brought together the Hispanic Dental Association, the National Dental Association and the Society of American Indian Dentists. The summit focused on improving oral health in diverse populations.
Dr. Ramos-Gomez received a certificate of appreciation as one of the visionaries and proponents for the collaborative meeting. He also received a Faculty Recognition Award from Colgate Palmolive and a Presidential Award from the Hispanic Dental Association. Along with Dr. Ramos-Gomez, Dr. Nancy Reifel, another faculty member at the School of Dentistry, spoke at one of the many educational sessions offered at the summit. Dr. Ed Hewlett, Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity, represented the School as well.
New Leadership Appointed to Advanced Prosthodontics
Dr. Benjamin Wu was appointed the new Chair, and Dr. Eric C. Sung was appointed the new Vice Chair, of the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, effective July 1, 2012.
Dr. Wu will split (50/50) his faculty appointment with the School of Engineering where he is a Chair and Professor for the Department of Bioengineering. Dr. Wu received his DDS degree from the University of Pacific, completed his residency in Prosthodontics at Harvard University, and received a PhD in Materials Engineering from MIT. Dr. Wu is currently an active fellow at the Academy of Prosthodontics. He is a world class clinician-scientist in bioengineering who has won several awards over the years and has been published in more than 100 original research articles.
Dr. Sung is a Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the School of Dentistry and the Program Director of the General Practice Residency program. Dr. Sung received his DDS degree and completed his residency in Hospital Dentistry both at the School of Dentistry. Dr. Sung specializes in providing comprehensive treatment for medically, physically and psychologically complex individuals.
Congratulations to Drs. Wu and Sung! A special thanks to Dr. Neal Garrett for serving as the Interim Chair.
School of Dentistry Welcomes Leading Nanomedicine Researcher
The School of Dentistry recently welcomed new faculty member, Dean Ho, PhD, to the position of Professor in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine and a joint appointment to the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, effective July 1.
Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Ho served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University and held a Visiting Professor appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Peking University in Beijing.
Dr. Ho received an MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, both from UCLA. Dr. Ho has been invited to speak at numerous conferences around the world on his work and has authored more than 100 publications.
Dr. Ho’s key contributions have included the world’s first nanodiamond hydrogel-based drug delivery system – a platform technology that can be functionalized with almost any drug. Dr. Ho’s technology has been featured on Reuters, Scientific American and more than 100 of the world’s leading news outlets.
Congratulations to Drs. Ting and Soo
Dr. Kang (Eric) Ting, Chair of the Division of Associated Clinical Specialties and his wife, Dr. Chia Soo, Lecturer in the Section of Removable Prosthodontics, welcomed a healthy baby girl at the beginning of July. Congratulations to the new parents!
Remembering Dr. Jay Watson
Dr. Jay Watson, a long-standing faculty member at the School, passed away from natural causes on June 3, 2012, at the age of 72. Dr. Watson displayed an unwavering dedication to the School throughout his tenure and was a valuable mentor to many students over the years.
Dr. Watson earned a DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago and later received a certificate in Medical Education and an MS in Education from USC. Dr. Watson joined the School in 1974 as an Assistant Professor in the former Section of Operative Dentistry, became an Associate Clinical Professor, and lastly, a Clinical Professor. He also held a variety of administrative roles throughout his career, such as the Chair of the Section of Operative Dentistry, and subsequently, the Chair of the Division of Restorative Dentistry.
Dr. Watson was an active member of the Faculty Dental Practice until his retirement in 2008, when he became a Professor Emeritus. He lectured in California and throughout the nation, and authored a number of publications on restorative dentistry.
Dr. Watson is survived by his wife, Barbara; their daughter Wendy; two siblings; and several nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.
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