Restorative Dentistry Appoints Interim Chair & Vice-Chair

Posted on: Wednesday, 03/08/2017

The Section of Restorative Dentistry and the dental school welcomed an interim chair and vice-chair; Dr. Sreenivas Koka will join the dental school as the interim chair and Dr. Reuben Kim will serve as the interim vice chair, both effective on April 1. 

Dr. Koka received a DDS and a Master’s degree in prosthodontics from the University of Michigan. He joined the University of Nebraska faculty in 1992, became a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics in 1995, and received his PhD in Oral Biology from the University of Nebraska in 1999.

While at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Koka received the Outstanding Teacher Award on numerous occasions and was the first faculty member to be appointed as the Merritt C. Pedersen Professor of Dentistry. He joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in 2004 and was a consultant, a professor of dentistry, and a chairman of the Department of Dental Specialties in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2013, Dr. Koka received an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management and left the Mayo Clinic to move to Zurich, Switzerland to become Executive Director of the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation. Following his time abroad, he started the Koka Dental Clinic, a private practice focused on implant and removable prosthodontics in San Diego.

Currently, Dr. Koka is on the faculty at both the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and UCLA School of Dentistry’s Division of Advanced Prosthodontics. He is a fellow and past-president of the Academy of Prosthodontics, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a member of the ADA/CDA/SDCDS, and treasurer and board of councilor member of the International College of Prosthodontists.


Dr. Reuben Kim, an associate professor in the Section of Restorative Dentistry, received a DDS (2003) and a PhD in Oral Biology and Medicine (2008) from UCLA. Dr. Kim became a faculty member at the dental school as a lecturer in 2005, was appointed as an assistant professor, and was then promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Section of Restorative Dentistry in 2013. He is also the Director for Collaborative Research Programs in the Division of Constitutive & Regenerative Sciences, and he holds a dual appointment with the Section of Oral Biology. 

Dr. Kim is currently the course chair for the 6-quarter-long Direct Restoration courses for both first and second year dental students and an active practitioner in the UCLA Faculty Group Dental Practice as a restorative dentist.