Development & Alumni News

Posted on: Friday, 06/24/2016

Special Visit from Asahi & Mekai Universities

 UCLA Dentistry Board of Counselors member, Jun Miyata, Chairman of Mekai & Asahi University, visited the dental school recently along with President Toshikazu Yasui from Meikai University and President Katsuyui Ohtomo from Asahi University. They attended the School’s Commencement Ceremony and visited with Dean No-Hee Park, Dr. Henry Takei, Dr. Mo Kang and Dr. Satoshi Kawano.

It was Chairman Miyata’s father that established the educational exchange program for our students and the students at Meikai and Asahi Universities. The exchange is completed each academic year during spring break when a group of UCLA dental students and two members of the faculty travel to Japan to reunite with their Japanese counterparts. The students divide their time between Asahi University in Gifu and Meikai University in Tokyo, where they learn about the Japanese systems of health care and dental education. They also visit historical and cultural sites as part of their immersion in Japanese culture. Over the years, this exchange has produced many academic and research collaborations as well as invaluable friendships.

Photo credit: Asahi University. From left to right, President Yasui from Meikai University, Chairman Miyata, Dean No-Hee Park and President Ohtomo from Asahi University.

Celebrating the Service and Legacy of Dean No-Hee Park

On May 5th, the UCLA School of Dentistry held an event to celebrate the service and legacy of Dean No-Hee Park. When Dr. Park was appointed Dean, the School was operating at a financial loss. Today, we are financially stable. Under his leadership, the School has increased the amount of annual research funding fivefold; recruited a cadre of highly qualified students and faculty; constructed two world-class research centers; and modernized its clinics and research laboratories that have become home to many of the nation’s top health science practitioners and researchers. In 1998, there were no endowed chairs and today the School boasts ten.

To honor Dr. Park and his accomplishments, the Board of Counselors launched the Dr. No-Hee Park Award for Excellence Campaign. This is a scholarship fund that will recognize the top dental students that have exhibited excellence in the art and science of dentistry, research, and leadership. Thank you to everybody that contributed to this fund, and special thanks to Dr. Naomi Ellison, Dr. Thomas Rauth, Mr. Jae Min Chang and Dr. Ronald Mito for their hard work to make this possible.

Please see the photos from the celebration here.

Top photo, from left to right: Dean No-Hee Park, pictured with his wife, Mrs. Yuly Park, his granddaughter, Alexandra, and his daughter Mrs. Jennifer Park Treanor.

Bottom photo: Dean No-Hee Park receiving a certificate of appreciation from the City of Los Angeles. From left to right: City of Los Angeles Councilmember, David Ryu, Dean No-Hee Park, Chancellor Gene Block, and Jae Min Chang.

Alumni Day at the CDA

Tom Rauth receiving his alumni of the year awardThe annual Alumni Day event, held in conjunction with the CDA Spring Session, took place on Saturday, May 14 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Dean No-Hee Park addressed a packed room and gave his traditional “State of the School” address, giving updates on the School’s educational, research, patient care, and public service initiatives.

Dr. Thomas Rauth was then recognized as the 2016 Alumnus of the Year for his leadership and numerous contributions to the School. Dr. Mitra Simanian was also recognized for her service as President of the Alumni Association. Dr. Alfred Penhaskashi was intricued as the new Alumni Association President. Following the luncheon, guests and alumni enjoyed a hosted reception by the Dean and the Alumni Dance that followed.

Please see the photos from the Alumni Day here.

Class of '81 Alum Named Delta Dental of Missouri Chief Dental Officer

UCLA D.D.S. alum, Dr. Ron Inge ‘81, was named the newly created post of Chief Dental Officer and V.P. of Professional Services of Delta Dental of Missouri.

Dr. Inge will be based in St. Louis and will oversee clinical policies, network development and utilization and quality management programs for the dental and vision benefits provider. He was previously the Chief Dental Officer for Western Dental Services and Brident Dental in Orange, California.

Prior to that, he was V.P. of Professional Services and Dental Director for Delta Dental of Washington. He also has held executive roles at Aetna, Delta Dental of California, the American Dental Association, DentiCare of California and AVP Vision Plans. He also holds a bachelor’s in human biology from Stanford University and was in private practice for 15 years as a general dentist in northern California.

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Prosthodontics Alum Appointed to CODA Review Committee

Dr. Arthur Nimmo, a 1983 alum of the Prosthodontics residency program, was recently appointed to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Review Committee on Prosthodontics Education for a three-year term. The committee is responsible for reviewing all policy matters, site visit reports, and applications for accreditation in the dental specialty of prosthodontics, which are submitted to CODA for action.

Dr. Nimmo is currently a faculty member of the University of Florida College of Dentistry and also serves as the director of the Predoctoral Implant Dentistry Program.

Photo credit: UF College of Dentistry

D.D.S. Alum Gives Back to His Community

Alum and Board of Counselors member, Dr. Elliot Schlang D.D.S. ’74, was mentioned on Eire News Now for his involvement with Reach Out Health Care America. Dr. Schlang acted as a mobile dentist and completed over 250 restorative dentistry procedures on kids. For full story, click here

Alum & Author Write About her Road to Success and the Importance of Giving Back 

Dr. Emily Letran D.D.S. & M.S. ’93 wrote two articles for the dental trade magazine, Dental Town

The first article she wrote was for their March issue, titled “Women in Dentistry: From Refugee to Renaissance Woman.” Dr. Letran discusses the path she took to becoming a successful entrepreneur, dentist, and author despite coming to America as a 13-year-old refugee from Vietnam.

The second article she wrote was for their May issue, titled “DO GOOD: Paying it Forward.” Dr. Letran started a nonprofit foundation to provide mobile dentistry and services for outreach communities, senior centers, veterans, and families from disadvantaged backgrounds. Her mission is to create positive social impact through philanthropy and business collaboration.