Faculty & Staff News

Posted on: Tuesday, 12/11/2018

2018 IADR Young Investigator of the Year

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia received the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) 2018 Young Investigator Award at a ceremony on July 25. Along with the recognition, Dr.  Moshaverinia is currently serving a two-year term on the IADR board. In addition to leading pioneering research projects on biomaterials, he also directs the Laboratory for Biomaterials Innovation and Tissue Engineering at the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology at UCLA.

For full announcement.


Recognizing Dedication and Loyalty

The section of restorative dentistry held a Faculty Appreciation Night Dinner on Friday, Nov. 30, at the UCLA Faculty Center. Full-time, part-time, and volunteer faculty were recognized with certificates of appreciation and acknowledgement of their years of service, including seven members with 25+ years of teaching, one for 20+ years, three for 15+ years, and 10 with under five years.

A highlight of the evening was Dr. Donald Fisher being recognized for 53 years of service. In his speech, he noted the changes in the school over the years, his thoughts on dental education, where he thinks it will go, and then he concluded with four quotes by the great UCLA Basketball coach, John Wooden, that he felt represented his view points on being a teacher and a dentist.


Focus on Faculty: Reuben Kim

Dean Paul Krebsbach had a chance to catch up with Dr. Reuben Kim, associate professor and chair of the section of restorative dentistry in the most recent “Focus on Faculty.” Dr. Kim, a UCLA dental alum from the Class of 2003, was hired as a faculty member in 2006. He also received his PhD in oral biology in 2008. Among the topics that the two discuss, Dr. Kim talks about his new appoint as the chair and why he chose to enter academia.

For the full interview.



City of LA Recognizes Dentistry Faculty Member

Dr. Ronald Mito, senate emeritus professor of clinical dentistry, received a certificate of appreciation for his role as the civilian co-chair of the LAPD Pacific Area Community-Police Advisory Board (C-PAB). Dr. Mito was presented with the certificate by Councilman Mike Bonin on behalf of the City of Los Angeles at an annual event called National Night Out, where communities host events to interface with their local law enforcement.

Academic Personnal Actions (July 2017-November 2018)

Welcome to our faculty new hires

Thank you to those with 30+ years of service

Congratulations to the Faculty Promotions

Staff Years of Service (20 years or more in 2018)

Staff Years of Service

Congratulations to the staff members who were recognized for their years of service of 20 or more years. A few of the people recognized are above with Dean Paul Krebsbach. From left to right: Susan Gerski, Vicki Sandoval, Jesus Suarez, and Esmeralda Barba-Arriaga.

Esmeralda Barba-Arriaga   

Pediatric Dentistry

20 years

Mina Farsany                        


20 years

Jesus Suarez                         


20 years

Debra Thomas


20 years

Grant Yano

Computer Services

20 years

Connie Steppes

Student Services

28 years

Sandie Ferrer


35 years

Victoria Ibarra-Sandoval

Advanced Prosthodontics

35 years

Rebecca Lopez-Piraino

Pediatric Dentistry

35 years

Susan Gerski

New Patient Services

50 years