Dean's Message

Posted on: Tuesday, 07/02/2019

Paul KrebsbachTHANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ the fourth issue of the UCLA Dentistry bi-annual magazine. Being a transplant from the Midwest and east coast, I can see why Angelenos are partial to their southern California weather. As you can see from the cover, this issue pays homage to our clinic by the sea, the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center, as this summer marks the Center’s 50th year of serving the community. Over the years, it has grown from a small, 4-chair operation to a 27-chair, state-of-the-art facility that administers nearly 15,000 visits per year to underserved patient populations, concentrated in Venice Beach and West Los Angeles, that need it the most.

We also recognize a very special faculty member and administrator, Dr. Carol Bibb, our associate dean for student affairs. After dedicating 40 years of her career to dental education and our students, Dr. Bibb has decided to step down from her role and pass the torch to a new leader. I want to thank her for her loyalty and hard work in ensuring that generations of dentists go on to lead successful, fulfilling careers; and some have even come back and become colleagues.

The dental school welcomed new leadership and new ideas to the Section of Restorative Dentistry this past year. Drs. Reuben Kim and Marc Hayashi became the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Section and have already implemented positive changes. We also established our 12th endowed chair at the School with a $1 million gift from Naomi and Jim Ellison. The gift allowed us to create an endowed chair in restorative dentistry, which bears the couple’s name.

You will meet four of our exceptional dental students, who have each received some of the many scholarships that have been established to help our students to defray educational expenses. You will also meet two of our long-time staff members, Francesa Moore and Becky Lopez-Piraino both with decades of service, who have dedicated their entire careers not only to UCLA, but solely to the dental school.

Finally, I’d like to recognize the hard work of all our faculty, staff, and students this past year. It’s our collective dedication to excellence in education, research, patient care, and public service that sets us apart. A special thank you also to our alumni and friends; your support helps us achieve our vision and goals.

If you have an idea for a story or just want to send us your thoughts about what was featured in this magazine, please email us at info@dentistry.ucla.edu. Your opinions and thoughts are important to us.

Sincerely, 

Paul H. Krebsbach, DDS, PhD
Dean and Professor