Dean's Message

Posted on: Thursday, 10/27/2016

Dear School of Dentistry community, Paul Krebsbach

I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to what a new year has in store. For me, 2016 brought about a lot of change. The biggest, obviously, was accepting the position of dean and moving to Los Angeles. In the six months that I have been here, I have seen what an incredible place this is – a place of learning, teaching, teamwork, and support. Many examples of these activities are featured in this issue of the Dean’s Fall eNewsletter. Even more examples are featured in the 2016 Annual Report. I encourage you to read both.

We welcomed the Class of 2020, who come to us from top universities around the country. We also had another successful season for the Dinner for 12 Dental Students, where more than 100 pre-doctoral students had the opportunity to network with alums and local dentists.

Our public health and community dentistry faculty made valuable policy recommendations on how to improve the oral health capacity in federally qualified health centers. Our bioengineers developed a valuable method that may be useful for treating pediatric leukemia; and we partnered with the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to produce a conference about “Craniomaxillofacial Disorders and Solutions in Man and Animals.”

We displayed remarkable teamwork at the fourth annual Oral Health Screening and Treatment Day with our partner, Bank of Hope, where we were able to provide over 250 different procedures to nearly 115 adults and children free of charge.

Our faculty received noteworthy awards for their accomplishments and hard work. Dr. Ronald Mito received the Arthur A. Dugoni award from the CDA, Dr. No-Hee Park was awarded a honorary doctorate from Meikai University and Asahi University, and Dr. Ting-Ling Chang received the Distinguished Teaching Award from campus.

Alumni of our D.D.S. and residency programs continue to make us proud. Our Board of Counselors chair, Dr. Naomi Ellison ’81, was named the president of the Women & Philanthropy at UCLA; and Dr. Mark Lisagor ’73, P.D. ’77, was given an honorary doctorate from Cal State Channel Islands. Many more of our alums received awards of service and merit.

We wrapped up 2016 with an All-School Holiday party, where we recognized the Supervisor and Staff member of the Year. As we say goodbye to this year, I encourage all of you to take the time to recharge your batteries over the break, so that you can come back ready to take on 2017 with a refreshed sense of creativity.

Thank you for your hard work throughout the year and please remember that everything you do for the dental school is appreciated and contributes to our continued success.

My very best for a safe and peaceful holiday,

Paul H. Krebsbach, DDS, PhD
Dean and Professor