Students, Residents & Alumni News

Posted on: Monday, 04/15/2019

Making Friends Abroad

Ten of our third year dental students took advantage of their time off during the School’s spring break, March 25 through March 31. They got to travel to Japan with help from the Dr. Susumu Miyata Endowment for Educational and Cultural Exchange, an enrichment program that was established in 2006. Through tours of the campuses and day-to-day interactions, our students experienced what life is like for a dental student at Meikai and Asahi Universities. The group’s travel costs were covered through the endowment, which is intended to create a memorable exchange among UCLA, Meikai University, and Asahi University dental students.

In addition to touring each dental school, our students enjoyed sight-seeing in two major Japanese cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as making sushi, singing karaoke, creating Japanese calligraphy, and practicing martial arts. Of the many things they will remember, what sticks out the most is the kindness and hospitality of the Japanese people and their host dental students.

Japan Trip

Spotlight on Alumni: Dr. Jonathan Do

Jonathan DoMeet Dr. Jonathan Do who graduated in 2009 from the UCLA DDS degree program. He went on to pursue certificates in AEGD, periodontics, and implant surgery. He also serves the school as the current Alumni Association president. He credits the caliber of training and several mentors for his continued success in his professional endeavors.

“I am indebted to UCLA. I have a great life now because of the education I received, the friends I made, and the mentorship I received at UCLA. It is only right for me to be involved with the school, to help teach and mentor the students, and to pass it forward.” – Jonathan Do

Read the full interview.




Pediatric Dentistry Alums Lead Us to the Finish Line

The Children’s Dental Center Renovation Campaign is well underway at $2.5M towards a total goal of $3M. Chaired by alumni of the pediatric dentistry section, Drs. Mark Lisagor and Oariona Lowe, the committee has had tremendous success engaging fellow alumni in supporting the largest renovation the clinic has seen in over 20 years.

The impending renovation will modernize the existing clinic, which serves not only as a dental home for underprivileged and low-income patients, but also as a site for educating the next generation of pediatric oral health care providers. Consider making a gift today, and join us in supporting a brighter future for the UCLA Children’s Dental Center. Contact Grace Delgado at

pediatric dentistry renovation campaign

Giving Kids a Reason to Smile

The section held its annual Give Kids A Smile event on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Children's Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles in Inglewood. The health fair, originally created by the ADA Foundation, has turned into a nationwide campaign that brings dentists and other volunteers together to provide screenings, treatment, and education to children. Over 40 UCLA volunteers participated in the event, and the group was able to provide nearly $20,000 worth of treatment, including screenings, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatments, and tooth extractions to 67 children. As a leading, regional provider of quality oral health care and an advocate for children receiving consistent care, the section referred 50 children for follow-up dental care to neighboring clinics.


Endo Residents Recognized for Research Accomplishments

At the recent American Association of Endodontists annual meeting in Montreal, two residents received competitive research awards. Second-year resident, Dr. Avisha Shah, (pictured below at right) mentored by Dr. Reuben Kim, was recognized for his research titled; “Reparative dentin regeneration in vivo mice model.” Additionally, second-year resident, Dr. Spyridon Hasiakos, (pictured below at left) mentored by Dr. Mo Kang and Yousang Gwack, was recognized for his research titled; “Naked cuticle homolog 2 (NKD2) mediates oral inflammation.”

Endodontics Residents

In addition to the residents’ awards, several dental school members were recognized with the Journal of Endodontics Publication Award in the Regenerative Endodontics category for their paper, titled; “Minced pulp as source of plural mesenchymal stem cells with odontogenic differentiation capacity.” UCLA contributing authors include, Drs. Mo Kang, Reuben Kim, Alireza Moshaverinia, and Wei Chen. First year residents, Drs. Moein Seyed Sadrkhani and Chaehwan Lee also contributed to the paper.

Residents Advocate for Children’s Oral Health

Seven first-year pediatric dentistry residents, along with Drs. Daniela Silva and Mark Lisagor, DDS ’73, PD ’77, attended the Amercian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric Oral Health Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. at the beginning of February. The group met with various political leaders from California to discuss key issues impacting children’s access to oral health care and the pediatric dental workforce.

The California team, led by Dr. Mark Lisagor, had approximately 21 professional and academic representatives including faculty, residents, and program directors from UCSF, USC, and a San Diego program. During the group’s very busy schedule, they were able to visit with 27 legislative members, where they had very successful and productive discussions.

Advocacy Events

Ortho Resident Recognized for Clinical Poster

Luca SfgoglianoThird-year orthodontics resident, Dr. Luca Sfogliano, recently won the “Best Poster Presentation” award in the clinical category at theWorld Implant Orthodontic Conference (WIOC). His poster presented the case of a 16-year-old patient who was treated at UCLA with a Maxillary Skeletal Expander to avoid extractions of four bicuspids and orthognathic surgery.

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