Dr. Reuben Kim - Newly Appointed Chair of Restorative Dentistry

Posted on: Monday, 07/16/2018

Dr. Reuben Kim, associate professor of restorative dentistry and oral biology, was appointed the chair of the Section of Restorative Dentistry effective July 9, 2018.

Kim joined the UCLA Dentistry faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to an associate professor in 2013 with tenure. He currently serves as the director for Collaborative Research Programs in the dental school’s division of constitutive and regenerative sciences. Kim has been heavily involved in teaching and is currently the course chair for direct restoration, one of the major pre-clinical courses for the first and second year dental students. He is also serving as a course director for the treatment planning clinic in the pre-doctoral student clinic.

Nationally and internationally recognized, Kim is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators (CODE), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). Dr. Kim serves as an associate editor for Oral Diseases and is a reviewer for multiple scientific journals. He also serves as an ad-hoc member of multiple NIH study sections. He received his bachelor of science degree from UCSD, and his DDS and PhD degrees from UCLA.

Kim’s research focuses on investigating the underlying mechanisms of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ), HPV-mediated oral carcinogenesis, and regenerative and reparative pulp biology. Two of his research projects are currently funded by NIH/NIDCR under R01 funding mechanisms with him as a principal investigator. Through his research programs, he has mentored close to 90 individuals, including post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and PhD/MS/DDS/undergraduate students.