UCLA Appoints Edmond Hewlett As Chair of Restorative Dentistry

Posted on: Tuesday, 08/12/1997

The UCLA School of Dentistry has appointed Dr. Edmond Hewlett (Culver City), associate professor of dentistry, as chair of restorative dentistry. The newly created academic section combines the faculty and curriculum of the former sections of operative dentistry and fixed prosthodontics.

"More dental clinic time is spent on restorative procedures than any other discipline," said Rory Hume, dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry. "I am confident that Dr. Hewlett's vision and natural leadership abilities will make this section a forerunner in UCLA's teaching, research and patient care arenas."

As chair, Hewlett supervises 50 full- and part-time faculty who teach nearly 20 percent of the first two years of the student curriculum. He is responsible for ensuring students' scientific and technical training, overseeing the section's research focus and working with faculty to keep course material current.

A native of South Central Los Angeles, Hewlett pursued his undergraduate studies at UCLA, then earned his doctorate from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1980. He returned to the dental school to teach and achieved tenure as a full-time faculty member in 1994.

A well-liked and respected instructor, Hewlett was honored with a Distinguished Faculty Award by the UCLA class of 1995 and was selected as clinical instructor of the year by the UCLA chapter of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.

After 20 years at UCLA, Hewlett believes that he literally grew up on campus. "I was as much raised by UCLA as I was by my mother," he said. To show his gratitude, he has served as co-chair of The Apollonians, the School of Dentistry's alumni fund-raising organization, and contributes generously to the Chancellor's Associates.

Hewlett is the principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health grant researching the oral health status of elderly African Americans. He also treats private patients at the UCLA Faculty Group Dental Practice and is a health science consultant to the RAND Corporation.

Hewlett is the scientific program chair for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Dental Association (NDA), a professional organization for African-American dentists. He was a featured speaker at last year's NDA national conference in Chicago and serves as faculty advisor to the UCLA student chapter.

Hewlett is an active member in many professional organizations, including the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Dental Association, the International and American Associations for Dental Research, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society.