School News

Posted on: Monday, 11/20/2017

Howard Park helps establish endowed chairOral Surgery Successfully Funds School’s Eleventh Endowed Chair

The dental school established its eleventh endowed chair at the beginning of October, which will support the recruitment and retention of a faculty member in oral and maxillofacial surgery and help ensure UCLA’s continued leadership in that field.

The Alumni and Friends Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Endowed Chair is the result of a fundraising effort launched by Dr. Howard Park, a graduate of the school’s postgraduate training program and a part-time faculty member. Led by Dr. Park’s efforts, 20 alumni and supporters — including BioHorizons, a maker of dental implants and biologics — funded the endowed chair.


Welcome to Mo Budak!

New Apollonian ChairThe Apollonian Society, the dental school’s fundraising group, appointed a new co-chair at the end of July. Dr. Morris “Mo” Budak ´74, will increase engagement to support the UCLA dental student experience and the School's reputation for excellence in dental education, research, community service, and patient care. A resident of Palo Alto, Calif., Dr. Budak and fellow co-chair, Dr. Ronald Mito '76, will work to establish a stronger alumni presence in Northern California for Bruins who are looking to reconnect with the School and learn how to support the next generation of student dentists. Special thanks to previous chair, Dr. Susan Fredericks, for her energy and commitment to the School.


Bruins shine at the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Faculty and residents of the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology kept the UCLA flag high during the recent Annual Session of the AAOMR at St. Louis, MO, October 4-7, 2017.

  • Dr. Sotirios Tetradis, professor and senior associate dean, delivered the H. Cline Fixott Sr. Lecture, an oration that honors an individual for his/her contributions to the profession and to the advancement of knowledge in the field of oral radiology.

  • Dr. Stuart C. White, professor emeritus, received the 2017 Lincoln R. Manson‐Hing Award from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in recognition of distinguished service in scientific reviewing in the oral and maxillofacial radiology section.

  • Dr. Karan Dharia, a second-year resident, received the DENTSPLY Rinn Award for his poster presentation titled “Role of the oral and maxillofacial radiologist in dental malpractice.” Drs. Katya Archambault and Akrivi Soundia also presented posters.

  • Drs. Hannah Duong and Sung Kim, residency program alumni, were recognized as new diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

  • Dr. Sanjay Mallya, section chair and residency program director, presided over the meeting as President of the AAOMR.


Section of Periodontics Come Together for a Good Cause

Members of the Section of Periodontics participated in the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation’s Third Annual Perio Dash, which was held at the end of October. Funds raised at the event went to support periodontal education and research. Congrats to Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel, UCLA School of Dentistry Board of Counselor member and an associate clinical professor, for being named most valuable player.