Faculty News

Posted on: Tuesday, 07/24/2018

Faculty Appointments/New Hires

Congratulations to Dr. Reuben Kim, associate professor of restorative dentistry and oral biology, who was appointed chair of the section of restorative dentistry effective July 9.

Dr. Kim joined the UCLA Dentistry faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to an associate professor with tenure in 2013. He currently serves as the director for Collaborative Research Programs in the dental school’s division of constitutive and regenerative sciences.

For full write-up on the promotion.


Dr. Hung Ton-That, was appointed as a professor in the section of oral biology, effective July 1.

A well-established, leading scientist in the field of microbial pathogenesis, Dr. Ton-That comes to us from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School where he was recognized in 2013 with the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award. At McGovern, he taught courses for graduate and medical students and directed a laboratory-based course in fluorescence and electron microscopy.

Dr. Ton-That currently has three R01 grants and is a co-investigator on two more R01 grants. His most recent NIH grant is going into its third cycle (years 10-15). An alumnus of UCLA, Dr. Ton-That received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry as well as his PhD degree here.

For full write up on announcement.

Faculty Honors

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia, assistant professor of prosthodontics, is being recognized as the 2018 recipient of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Young Investigator Award. He was recognized at the 96th General Session of the IADR on July 25, in London.

Dr. Moshaverinia’s research interests include the development of novel biomaterials to deliver stem cells in vivo as a clinical approach to bone regeneration in disease states such as periodontitis and/or for bone repair following trauma. He directs the Laboratory for Biomaterials Innovation & Tissue Engineering (BITE) at the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology. He was awarded a 5-year NIH/NIDCR K08 award to study novel stem cell delivery systems to improve bone regeneration. He is also a recipient of several other awards, including the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Award and the IADR Academy of Osseointegration Innovation in Implant Sciences Award.

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 UCPLA Endowed Chair in Special Patient Care and earlier this year, he 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. Kumar Shah, associate clinical professor in the Section of Prosthodontics, has been elected a fellow by the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He is currently program director of graduate prosthodontics and director of the Faculty Group Dental Practice. He has also found time to drive the digital transformation of advanced implant reconstruction at UCLA. His digital workflow will be a major component of the dental school's Integrated Digital Dentistry System (iDDS).

ITI is an independent, international academic organization with a mission to provide a global network for life-long learning in implant dentistry, through comprehensive quality education and innovative research for the benefit of the patient.

Dr. Shah's election is a measure of the universal respect and recognition that he receives on the highest international stage. His role as an ITI Fellow will lead to greater significant representation of UCLA on the international platform of fellows who form the core of the ITI organization that will shape the intellectual boundary of implant dentistry.

 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 living. This is the first time in its history the Korean government has recognized individuals considered pioneers in the science and technology fields. Read full announcement.

Retirement Announcements 

Dr. Richard Stevenson, professor and former chair of restorative dentistry, retired on June 30, after 25 years of service and 17 years as a chair.

Dr. Stevenson has a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding educator. Students and peers have recognized him with several teaching awards, including multiple Teacher of the Year awards in the School of Dentistry and the university-wide Distinguished Lecturer Award.  He has held numerous positions in professional organizations and is an elected member in the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

Thank you to Dr. Stevenson for his leadership over the years and for his dedication to improving our national and international academic programs.

Dr. Craig Woods, adjunct professor in the section of orofacial medicine and orofacial pain, retired on 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 psychology of doctor-patient relationships. 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.


Dr. Sidney Brownstein, academic administrator and group practice director, retired on June 30. He served in both of these two roles from 1999 until his retirement. In addition to his duties as a GPD and administrator, he taught courses in Faculty Consultations and Treatment Planning to third year dental students.

Prior to his position at UCLA, Dr. Brownstein worked full-time in private practice from 1973 to 1995 and then maintained a part-time practice from 1996 to 2009. He earned his DDS degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Best of luck to Dr. Brownstein on his retirement and sincerest gratitude for all your years of service.


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