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USC School of Dentistry

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Using the problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy, students at the USC School of Dentistry master the curriculum working in small, faculty-facilitated groups to solve problems that present themselves in real life cases. As active participants in the learning process, PBL students learn to seek, evaluate and apply information. As part of a group, they cooperate and collaborate with peers.

Founded in 1897, the USC School of Dentistry has a proud legacy as a professional school with a global reputation for excellence and a recognized tradition of closeness and community among its alumni. One core of strength rests with the School of Dentistry's renowned faculty. Their reputations as educators, scientists and oral health care professionals secure the school's continuing place as a leader. Another strength is the school's position within a world-class, private university strategically located in a pluralistic urban area. As it faces the 21st century, the School of Dentistry has a mission that links its past to the future through enhancement of its unique qualities and incorporation of scientific excellence into a framework of humanistic compatibility that will become the hallmark of the school's work. The school's environment offers special opportunities that can be found nowhere else.

Education of dental health care professionals in an environment where research is a priority is the primary purpose of the school. The school offers a variety of traditional educational programs and a selection of special degree offerings as well. Traditional curricula include the Doctor of Dental Surgery program, the baccalaureate in dental hygiene program and postdoctoral programs in nine recognized dental specialties. Special degrees include combined D.D.S./M.B.A. and D.D.S./M.S., Gerontology programs, master's and Ph.D. opportunities in the craniofacial biology program, and an advanced standing program for international dentists. Ranked among the top dental schools nationally in research funding, the school is proud of its leading role in solving the mysteries of bioscience across scientific disciplines and improving the art and science of clinical dentistry.

A sense of service and caring for others is the foundation of a health care provider, and is important to the mission of the School of Dentistry. Achieving educational goals through providing quality dental care to the public is a hallmark of the School of Dentistry. From its location in Los Angeles, the school offers affordable, first-rate care to the community's underserved; to the university faculty, staff and students; and to those seeking special comprehensive care. Through affiliations with major hospitals and medical centers, the education of the students and the care of patients is expanded throughout Southern California.

USC School of Dentistry
Dentistry Room 203
(213) 740-2811


Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S., Dean

Mahvash Navazesh, D.M.D., Associate Dean for Student Life and Academic Affairs and Chair, Division of Diagnostic Sciences

Michael J. Mulvehill, D.D.S., M.B.A., Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Roseann Mulligan, D.D.S., M.P.H., Associate Dean for Community Health Programs

Ilan Rotstein, D.D.S., Associate Dean for Continuing Oral Health Professional Education, Chair, Division of Surgical, Therapeutic and Bioengineering Sciences

Eugene Sekiguchi, D.D.S., M.S.E.E., B.S.E.E., Associate Dean for International, Professional and Legislative Affairs

Dennis Mangan, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Innovation and Discovery

Lois Stein Pereira, M.B.A., Associate Dean, Administration

Stephen Allison, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Organizational Management

Sigmund Abelson, D.D.S., Associate Dean, Intramural Faculty Practice

James Gordon, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., Associate Dean, Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Florence Clark, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Sandra Clark Bolivar, J.D., Assistant Dean, Admissions, Minority Affairs and Student Life

Robert Keim, D.D.S., Ed.D., Assistant Dean, Program Accountability and Educational Research

Eileen Suffet, R.D.H., M.A., Assistant Dean, Outcomes Assessment and Curriculum Management

Jane Forrest, R.D.H., Ed.D., Chair, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Epidemiology

Yang Chai, D.D.S., Ph.D., Chair, Division of Craniofacial Sciences and Therapeutics

Casey Chen, D.D.S., Ph.D. and Richard Kahn, D.D.S., Co-chairs, Division of Primary Oral Healthcare


G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Dean's Chair in Dentistry: Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S.

George and Mary Lou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular Biology: Charles Shuler, D.M.D., Ph.D.*

Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation Chair in Esthetic Dentistry, Pascal Magne, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Wilbur N. and Ruth Van Zile Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: John J. Lytle, D.D.S., M.D.

Wayne G. and Margaret L. Bemis Professor of Endodontics: James H. S. Simon, D.D.S.

Ralph W. and Jean L. Bleak Professor of Restorative Dentistry: Winston Wan-Li Chee, B.D.S.

Charles M. Goldstein Professor of Community Dentistry, Charles M. Goldstein, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Phillip Maurer Tennis Professor of Clinical Dentistry: Richard L. Kahn, D.D.S.*

USC Associates Assistant Professor of Dentistry: Michael L. Paine, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Professors: Yang Chai, D.D.S., Ph.D.*; Glenn Clark, D.D.S., M.S.; Paul C. Denny, Ph.D.*; Tina F. Jaskoll, Ph.D.; Stanley F. Malamed, D.D.S.; Michael Melnick, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Cedric Minkin, Ph.D.; Roseann Mulligan, D.D.S., M.S.; Pragna Patel, Ph.D.; Michael L. Schneir, M.S., Ph.D.; Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S.; Jorgen Slots, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., D.M.D., M.B.A.; Malcolm L. Snead, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professors: John W. Beierle, Ph.D.; Winston Wan-Li Chee, B.D.S.; Chih-Kuang Casey Chen, D.D.S., Ph.D.; George C. Cho, D.D.S.; Steven D. Goodman, Ph.D.; Richard L. Kahn, D.D.S.*; Robert G. Keim, D.D.S., Ed.D.; Anh Dao Le, D.D.S.; Ralph L. Leung, D.D.S., M.S.; Pascal Magne, D.M.D., Ph.D.; Mahvash Navazesh, D.M.D.; Michael Paine, B.D.S., Ph.D.; Sandra K. Rich, M.P.H., Ph.D.; Ilan Rotstein, D.D.S.; Glenn Sameshima, D.D.S.; Charles F. Shuler, D.M.D., Ph.D.*; Arnold Tiber, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Karoline B. Waldman, M.S.; Abraham Yaari, M.S., D.M.D.

Associate Professors (Librarianship): John P. Glueckert, M.L.I.S.; Frank O. Mason, M.S.L.S.

Assistant Professors: Laura Elizondo, D.D.S.; David McKemy, D.D.S.; Eleanor Nielsen, B.S.; Janet Oldak, Ph.D.; Homayoun H. Zadeh, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Charles M. Goldstein, D.D.S., M.P.H.; Diane Melrose, B.S.D.H.; Michael J. Mulvehill III, D.D.S., M.B.A.*; Alvin Rosenblum, D.D.S.; Timothy R. Saunders, D.D.S.*; Eugene Sekiguchi, D.D.S., M.S.E.E.; James Simon, D.D.S.; Dennis-Duke R. Yamashita, D.D.S.

Associate Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Loris Abedi, D.D.S.*; Sigmund Abelson, D.D.S.; Joseph Anselmo, D.D.S.; Gardner Beale, D.D.S.; Jucheng Chen, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Jane Forrest, R.D.H., Ed.D.; Ripsik Gukasyan, D.D.S.; James Holt, D.D.S.; Michael Jorgensen, D.D.S.; Leslie Kaneko, D.D.S.; Michael Magne, B.S.; Niel Nathason, M.P.H., M.A.; Hessam Nowzari, D.D.S.; Samuel Oglesby, D.D.S.; Jose Polido, D.D.S.; Ramon Roges, D.D.S.; Eddie Sheh, D.D.S.*; Donna Smith, R.D.H., M.S.Ed.; Peter Stone, D.D.S.; Richard Udin, D.D.S.; Stephen Yen, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Anahid Acopian, D.M.D.; Tae Ahn, D.D.S.*; Lupe Arevalo, R.D.H.*; Kim Austin, D.D.S.; Marian Said Bradford, D.D.S.; Linda B. Chen, D.D.S.; Marjori Domingo, D.D.S.; Reyes Enciso, Ph.D.; Sharon Faust, D.D.S.; Joyce Galligan, D.D.S.; Richard Green, D.D.S., M.S.Ed.; Veronica Greene, D.D.S., M.P.H.; Gary Harmatz, D.D.S.; Jennifer Holtzman, D.D.S., M.P.H.; Michelle Ikoma, D.D.S.; Julie Jenks, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.; David Kang, D.D.S.; Phyllis Kawada, D.D.S., M.S.; Boris Keselbrener, D.D.S.; Tae Kim, D.D.S.; Janet Lent, D.D.S.; Ana Lotaif, D.D.S.; Afsaneh Matin-Hedayatzadeh, D.D.S.; John Morzov, D.D.S.; Tuan Pham, D.D.S.; Randy Phillips, D.D.S.; Parish Sedghizadeh, D.D.S.; Mouhammad Hazem Seirawan, D.D.S., M.P.H.; Walter Siegel, D.M.D.; Thomas Tanbonliong, Jr., D.D.S.; Chieng Tu, R.D.H.*; Christina Wong, D.D.S.

Clinical Professor: Stephen Sobel, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor: James Mah, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Research Professors: John Costerton, Ph.D.; Margarita Zeichner-David, M.S., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Kirsten Dalrymple, Ph.D.; Matthew K. Lee, M.D.; Yi-Hsin Liu, Ph.D.; Rajeswari Ravindranath, M.S., Ph.D.; Carol W. Wuenschell, M.A., Ph.D.; Yan Zhou, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degrees Offered

The School of Dentistry awards the following degrees: the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene; the Doctor of Dental Surgery; the Doctor of Dental Surgery/Master of Business Administration; the Doctor of Dental Surgery/Master of Science in Gerontology, the Advanced Periodontology Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology, Advanced Orthodontics Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology, advanced dental education certificate programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral facial pain and oral medicine, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics; Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology; Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Biology.