In Memoriam

Posted on: Thursday, 12/01/2016

Dr. Heddie Sedano, a lecturer in the Section of Pediatric Dentistry and formerly in the Section of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, passed away on Monday, October 24.

Dr. Sedano received his Dr. of Odontology degree (equivalent to a D.D.S.) from the University of Litoral School of Dentistry in Argentina. After receiving his degree, he became an instructor of oral surgery, oral diagnosis, and oral and general pathology at the University of Litoral. In 1962, he came to the U.S. to pursue post-graduate training in Oral Pathology and Genetics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Following his passion for teaching, he was hired as an assistant professor of oral pathology at Minnesota and would spend the majority of his career there with his close colleague, Dr. Robert Gorlin. He became a professor emeritus in 1994. During his tenure at Minnesota, he received multiple awards, including the Michael Loupe Memorial Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Sedano’s UCLA career started in 1994 when he was hired as a lecturer where he taught Oral Pathology and Pediatric Dentistry. He would teach here for the next 16 years, retiring in 2010. He was a beloved teacher to many UCLA alumni, particularly pediatric residents, students, and everyone at the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic. He received an Outstanding Lecturer Award from UCLA in 1997. He will be remembered as a man of vast knowledge and perpetual good humor who instantly brought smiles to everyone he came across. At professional meetings he was always surrounded by people because he was fun to be around. His scientific presentations were scheduled early because they always attracted large audiences. 

Dr. Sedano will be missed by those lucky enough to be one of his students, including Dean Paul Krebsbach. We won’t forget you, Heddie; you were well loved.