Faculty & Staff News

Posted on: Monday, 04/15/2019

Restorative Dentistry Appoints a Vice Chair

Marc HayashiCongratulations to Dr. Marc Hayashi, who was appointed vice chair of the section of restorative dentistry, at the beginning of March. He will help section chair, Dr. Reuben Kim, with recruitment, appointments, appraisals, and strategic planning. He will also assume the role of section chair as needed.

In 2016, Dr. Hayashi was hired full-time at UCLA as an assistant clinical professor, after being a part-time lecturer for three years. He received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is active in the clinic, serving as an instructor in treatment planning at Westwood’s general clinic and at the UCLA Venice Dental Center.


Welcome Jimmy Hu

Jimmy Hu

The dental school welcomed Dr. Jimmy Hu, assistant professor of oral biology and medicine, at the beginning of 2019. Dr. Hu has a long-standing interest in developmental and stem cell biology, and he has focused his research on understanding tissue morphogenesis and stem cell-based renewal, which he developed during his graduate study work at Harvard University and postdoctoral training at UCSF, his position prior to UCLA.

Dr. Hu comes to the dental school with an impressive list of publications in several top research journals, including Cell Stem Cell and Nature Cell Biology. He is also the recipient of a R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award from the NIDCR. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2012. He will continue to investigate how organs are shaped and renewed, using teeth and craniofacial structures as model systems.

Oral Radiology Chair Recognized for Expertise

Sanjay Mallya

Dr. Sanjay Mallya, chair and associate professor of oral radiology, has been elected to the board of directors of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, Computed Tomography (IAC CT). The IAC is a non-profit organization that provides accreditation programs to more than 14,000 sites throughout the U.S. and Canada to provide a pathway for documenting quality patient care. He will provide his expertise in maxillofacial radiology and his participation on the board will allow him to bring best practices and knowledge to enhance patient care at the dental school. The UCLA School of Dentistry was the first dental school that received accreditation of its dental CT facility, and it has successfully gone through one cycle of reaccreditation.

Dr. Mallya was also invited to speak at the 17th National Triple O Symposium in Mumbai, conducted by the Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology. He conducted a workshop on cone beam computed tomography diagnostic interpretation and delivered the Dr. Ani John Inaugural Oration titled; “Integrated Health Care: Finding Your Role as a Specialist”.

Fellowship Status Achieved

Todd Schoenbaum

Dr. Todd Schoenbaum, associate clinical professor of restorative dentistry and director of continuing dental education, was selected for fellowship status in the Academy of Osseointegration.

Dr. Schoenbaum is an alumnus of the UCLA DDS Class of 2005 and joined the faculty in 2006. He was awarded the Judson C. Hickey Scientific Writing Award; Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry in 2013 and was given the Distinguished Faculty Award by the UCLA DDS Class of 2009.




Dr. Freymiller Recognized for 30 Years of Service

Earl FreymillerDr. Earl Freymiller, chair and professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, 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 who treat children with cleft lip and palate. Since 1990, he has traveled to Ensenada, Mexico four times per year to perform complicated cleft lip and palate surgeries on children with congenital craniofacial defects. He has been 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, Dr. 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.

Wolcott Award Goes to Perio Lecturer

Mark LiebermanDr. Mark Lieberman, a part-time lecturer in the section of periodontics, has received this year’s Wolcott Award. The Wolcott Award was established by the OKU UCLA Chapter in honor of Dr. Robert B. Wolcott, one of the founding professors of the dental school. It is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication and commitment to teaching at the dental school. In addition to his lecturing duties, Dr. Lieberman stays every Tuesday night for a quarter to help the students prepare for the WREB.

Dr. Lieberman received his DDS degree and his periodontics certificate from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. He has been a lecturer at UCLA since 1994, and received the Outstanding Educator Award by the American Academy of Periodontology in 2017.


The dental school would like to thank the following faculty members for their decades of dedication and service to our students and to the school. We wish them all the best as they start this next chapter in their lives.

Ian CoulterAfter a successful, productive career in academia, Dr. Ian Coulter, professor of public health and community dentistry, retired on January 31, 2019. His UCLA tenure-track appointment began in 1996, and he spent the last 23 years as a valued teacher and mentor to students, residents, fellow faculty members and researchers, and to colleagues in several health professions in the U.S. and internationally. He has provided extensive and diverse services to the dental school, UCLA campus, and the U.C. system. Most notably, he has been invaluable in contributing to the dental school’s inter-professional education and inter-professional practice programming and curriculum. He has authored over 140 published papers, over 90 of which are indexed in PubMed, and 26 books or book chapters.

Prior to his UCLA appointment, Dr. Coulter served as the president of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College from 1982 to 1991. In 1992, he served as the director of the UCLA/Drew University Minority Oral Health Research Center. Since 1992, he has also held research positions with the RAND Corporation working on various research projects within the field of health policy. In 2007, he was appointed as the RAND/Samueli Chair for Integrative Medicine.

Robert Merrill

Pain management and dental sleep medicine expert, Dr. Robert Merrill, clinical professor of oral medicine and orofacial pain, has announced that he will retire at the end of the fiscal year 2019. His tenure with UCLA began in 1991 as a lecturer, and in 1996 he was asked to come to UCLA as a full-time instructor to treat patients at the Orofacial Pain Faculty Practice, and to be the director of the Graduate Orofacial Pain Clinic. He was instrumental in developing UCLA’s orofacial pain residency program, making the program the first in the world to teach dental sleep medicine as part of its advanced training offerings. He also helped launch a continuing education mini-residency in sleep medicine.

Prior to his UCLA appointment, Dr. Merrill worked in general dentistry private practice starting in 1974, after he received his D.D.S. degree from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in 1973. He completed a fellowship in pain management at the UCLA Pain Management Center in 1990 and started to treat patients in this specialty in 1991. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Headache Society. He received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Orofacial Pain in 2009.

Carl MaidaDr. Carl Maida, adjunct professor of public health, has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2019 fiscal year. Dr. Maida began his tenure with UCLA as an assistant research anthropologist at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health for 11 years, and he was hired by the dental school in 1999 as an associate adjunct professor of public health and community dentistry. He is strongly tied to community endeavors through his research and public service and has demonstrated an ability to conduct collaborative research with numerous investigators, and is highly productive and creative in his scholarly efforts.

Dr. Maida has spent his career conducting studies of ethnic cultural disparities in health care and studies of health-related quality of life and self-care. His research focused on the prevention and treatment of chronic and epidemic diseases, and on the impact of community-scale trauma on children, adolescents, and their families. Recent research studies include assessment of multiple systematic reviews for grading of clinical relevance in evidence-based care, and the role of communities of practice in comparative effectiveness research. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA in 1981. In 2007, he was elected as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He will continue to be a co-investigator on the HRSA T-32 grant and PROMIS study, and to teach third-year pre-doctoral dental students in the Systems-Based Healthcare course.

Val SpolskyDr. Vladimir Spolsky, professor of public health and community dentistry, has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2019 fiscal year. Dr. Spolsky began his tenure at UCLA in 1970 and has taught a range of courses, including preventative dentistry, dental psychology, and dental epidemiology—a topic which he studied and researched his entire career. Prior to his UCLA faculty appointment, Dr. Spolsky was in the epidemiology branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was involved in population surveys and conducting clinical trials. Shortly after coming to UCLA, he assumed the responsibility for developing didactic and clinical curriculum on prevention. He continued his work on developing and testing preventive agents for dental diseases and in the measurement of dental disease and oral health.

Dr. Spolsky received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and he completed postdoctoral fellow work and received a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He has had a major impact on the dental school’s teaching program, by instituting a program of community-based health fairs, where dental students provide preventive services to families throughout Los Angeles. 

In Memoriam

Dr. James Fisk Mulick, a retired lecturer of orthodontics, passed away at the end of 2018 at 90-years-old. He taught orthodontics at UCLA for more than 40 years. Most notably, he was a founding father of the UCLA School of Dentistry’s craniofacial program. Over the course of three decades and with selfless dedication, he treated thousands of children with craniofacial concerns and trained hundreds of health care professionals, including many UCLA orthodontics faculty members and residents. He never asked for anything in return during his time at UCLA, and will always be remembered as a hero, organizing the comprehensive treatment for these children and their families.

Dr. Mulick leaves a commendable legacy within the UCLA section of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry, and represents the best of what the programs stand for—compassionate care for the children who are most vulnerable.

Congratulations to Marianne Hakopian

Marianne, clinic assistant and custodian of records, welcomed her second son, Aiden, in the fall 2018. Aiden joins his big brother, Enzo, in getting into trouble and breaking hearts.

Marianne boys

Staff Actions (Jan. 1, 2019 - present)
First Name
Title Abbrev.
Hire Date
Andrei Monzury PadillaCentral Services Sterilization Assistant 2/11/19CLINICS, GENERAL CLINIC, BUSINESS AND CLINICAL SERVICES
Joile ZamudioAdministrative Assistant 2/15/19ADMINISTRATION, DEAN'S SUITE
Justin CarreonAdministrative Assistant 3/4/19ADMINISTRATION, STUDENT SERVICES & OUTREACH
Evelynn RomanAdministrative Assistant 3/18/19CLINICS, OROFACIAL PAIN & ORAL MEDICINE
Semi RhoOral Biology Laboratory Assistant 4/1/19DIVISIONS, ORAL BIOLOGY & MEDICINE, ORAL BIOLOGY
Esmeralda GarciaDevelopment Coordinator4/9/19Development, External Affairs
Staff in New or Expanded Roles
Erik MartinezAssistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations2/1/19Dean's Suite, Alumni Relations


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