Faculty News

Posted on: Wednesday, 04/25/2018

Faculty Honors

Eric SungDr. Eric Sung, professor of clinical dentistry, was recognized by the Special Care Dentistry Association with the Dr. Lawrence J. Chasko Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to a member who has had noteworthy achievements at a local, regional or national level.

Dr. Sung is considered the preeminent expert on treating complex dental cases in the greater Los Angeles area. He is the inaugural holder of the United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles Endowed Chair in Special Patient Care. Earlier this year, Sung received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Academic Senate.

Dr. Daniela Silva, health sciences associate clinical professor and chair of pediatric dentistry, was selected as a Fellow by the American College of Dentistry. Her selection was based on her exceptional leadership, achievements, and involvement in the dental profession and community.

Dr. Silva is also the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Dr. Thomas K. Barber Endowed Term Chair.




Dr. Earl Freymiller, professor and chair of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Dr. Joan Pi-Anfruns, assistant professor of Restorative Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery were awarded fellowships by the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) at their annual meeting for their outstanding service and contributions to the field of implant dentistry.

Only 2% of the association’s members are even recognized with this distinction by the AO. Several residents and trainees were also recognized for their research work.



 No-Hee Park - Korean Hall of Fame

Dr. No-Hee Park, dean emeritus and distinguished professor of dentistry and medicine at UCLA, was selected out of hundreds of nominees as a “Person of Distinguished Service to Science and Technology” by the Republic of Korea and was inducted into the country’s Hall of Fame in Science and Technology.

Dr. Park is the youngest of the 32 individuals selected, of whom only 10 are still alive. This was the first time in its history the Korean government recognized individuals considered pioneers in the science and technology fields. Read full announcement.

Research Wrap-Up

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Dr. Vladimir Spolsky, associate professor of public health and community dentistry, was a corresponding author on the cover article of the March issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. The article, titled “Periodontal status of current methamphetamine users,” is the first study to the authors’ knowledge, to systematically examine periodontal disease in a large population of current methamphetamine (MA) users. The study found that MA users in a Los Angeles urban setting had a high prevalence and severity of destructive periodontal disease. The frequency of MA use had a minimal impact on the severity of periodontal disease.

“This paper reminds us that a dentist is a health professional and in the treatment of methamphetamine users, the role of the dentist has been largely overlooked. The contribution of dentists to general health can be significant in this population," said Dr. Spolsky.

Our Dedicated Volunteer Faculty

Thank you to all the volunteer faculty members who help to educate the brightest and most talented dental students in the country. To show our appreciation of your time, loyalty, and support for our mission, we have listed you on our website under the Academic Directory.

Retirement Announcement

Dr. Craig Woods, adjunct professor in the Section of Orofacial Medicine and Orofacial Pain, officially retired on Friday, March 23. Dr. Woods directed the Advanced Treatment Planning Clinic for over twenty years. He graduated from UCLA Dentistry in 1982 and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He taught psychosocial development and the psychology of the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Woods also taught a selective course that utilized theatrical improvisation exercises to develop communication skills.

After retirement from UCLA, Dr. Woods plans to maintain his private practice in Orofacial Pain at his Redondo Beach office, spend time with his kids, and continue performing and teaching comedy improv.