Dean's Message


Thank you for visiting our website, which will give you a preview of why we continue to be a top choice for dental school candidates in the country; a regional leader for general and specialized oral health services; pioneers in oral and systemic research programs; and a valuable resource to the community.

The UCLA School of Dentistry celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 to mark a major milestone in our history, and I am excited about what the next decade holds. I decided to make the move to UCLA Dentistry because of the many iconic thought leaders at UCLA and the commitment to excellence exhibited by our faculty, students, and staff. I believe that together, we can make a positive impact on the oral health profession and our large and incredibly diverse community.

What is my vision for dentistry at UCLA?

During my first few weeks as Dean, this question came up frequently.  However, it is important that people understand that I see it as “our vision”, rather than just “my vision”. The Dean sets the tone and charts the course for the School, but our incredibly diverse faculty, staff, and students are the engines that make forward movement possible. I believe that an effective vision for the School should include input from the faculty and other key stakeholders.   

As I look at the decade ahead, I envision three extraordinary accomplishments for UCLA Dentistry:

  • We will cultivate big ideas for dental education and research that shape our profession.

  • We will reach beyond the walls of our School to develop meaningful partnerships within our great University and diverse community in Los Angeles County.

  • We will set the standard for new models to train future oral health providers and leaders in dental education.

What are the next steps?

There is always room for improvement, and to achieve the goals that I have set for our school, I am taking the time to become familiar with the current culture of the school. This will continue through the summer. A more formal strategic planning process will begin early this fall to work in parallel with our accreditation teams. We do have constraints in the current model of professional education, but I am excited about the possibilities, and I am looking forward to working with you to design and implement an exciting future. Our job is to work together to develop future academic and community leaders, who have the confidence, capabilities, and ethical decision-making skills to improve the oral and general health of our communities.


Paul H. Krebsbach, DDS, PhD
Dean & Professor