Freymiller recognized for 30-plus years of international service

Posted on: Wednesday, 02/13/2019

Dr. Earl Freymiller, chair and professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the UCLA School of Dentistry, was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club International for his 30-plus years of service with the Thousand Smiles Foundation — a group of health care providers that treat children with cleft lip and palate. Since 1990, Freymiller has traveled to Ensenada, Mexico four times per year to perform complicated cleft lip and palate surgeries on children with congenital craniofacial defects.

Started by dentists in the late 1980s to treat children with cleft lip and palate, the Thousand Smiles Foundation is made up of dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists and hundreds of other health care volunteers. They see children from birth until adulthood, and take care of all of their craniofacial and dental needs. Freymiller has been a part of the foundation’s surgical team for more than 20 years and began leading it in 2005.

In addition to this volunteer leadership role, Freymiller holds the Bob and Marion Wilson Endowed Chair, is the director of the postgraduate training program in oral and maxillofacial Surgery and serves as chief of the dental services at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He joined the dental school faculty in 1989.