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USC School of Dentistry

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) 740-3124


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

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

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

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 and Chair, Division of Surgical, Therapeutic and Bioengineering Sciences

Sigmund Abelson, D.D.S., Associate Dean for Faculty Practices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Wilbur N. & 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, M.S., D.D.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, M.S., D.D.S.; Pragna Patel, Ph.D.; Ilan Rotstein, D.D.S.; Michael L. Schneir, M.S., Ph.D.; Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S.; Jorgen Slots, M.B.A., D.D.S., Ph.D., D.M.D.; 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, M.S., D.D.S.; Pascal Magne, D.M.D., Ph.D.; Mahvash Navazesh, D.M.D.; Janet Oldak, Ph.D.; Michael Paine, B.D.S., Ph.D.; Sandra K. Rich, M.P.H., Ph.D.; Glenn Sameshima, D.D.S.; Arnold Tiber, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Karoline B. Waldman, M.S.; Abraham Yaari, M.S., D.M.D.; Homayoun H. Zadeh, D.D.S., Ph.D.

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

Assistant Professor: Songtao Shi, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Charles M. Goldstein, M.P.H., D.D.S.; Diane Melrose, B.S.D.H.; Michael J. Mulvehill III, M.B.A., D.D.S.*; Hessam Nowzari, D.D.S.; 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.; Gardner Beale, D.D.S.; Jucheng Chen, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Jane Forrest, R.D.H., Ed.D.; Joyce Galligan, D.D.S.; Ripsik Gukasyan, D.D.S.; Michelle Ikoma, D.D.S; Michael Jorgensen, D.D.S.; Michel Magne, B.S.; Niel Nathason, M.P.H., M.A.; 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: Tae Ahn, D.D.S.*; Lupe Arevalo, R.D.H.*; Kim Austin, D.D.S.; Marian Said Bradford, D.D.S.; Marjorie Domingo, D.D.S.; Laura Elizondo, D.D.S.; Reyes Enciso, Ph.D.; Sharon Faust, D.D.S.; Richard Green, M.S.Ed., D.D.S.; Veronica Greene, M.P.H., D.D.S.; Nora Haghparast Hassas, D.D.S.; Gary Harmatz, D.D.S.; Jennifer Holtzman, M.P.H., D.D.S.; Julie Jenks, M.S., M.P.H., D.D.S.; David Kang, D.D.S.; Kian Kar, M.S., D.D.S.; Boris Keselbrener, D.D.S.; Tae Kim, D.D.S.; Satish K.S. Kumar, M.D.S.; Janet Lent, D.D.S.; Afsaneh Matin-Hedayatzadeh, D.D.S.; Holly Moon, M.S., D.D.S.; John Morzov, D.D.S.; Eleanor Nielsen, B.S.D.H.; Tuan Pham, D.D.S.; Randy Phillips, D.D.S.; Andrea C. Pinnick, D.D.S.; Mohamad Ali Reshad, M.Sc.; Saravanan Ram, M.D.S.; Piedad Suarez, D.D.S.; Parish Sedghizadeh, D.D.S.; Walter Siegel, D.M.D.; Thomas Tanbonliong, Jr., D.D.S.; Chieng Tu, R.D.H.*; Dinh Le Huan Vo, D.D.S.; Christina Wong, D.D.S.

Clinical Professors: Ralph B. Allman, M.S., D.D.S.; Calvin Lau, M.B.A., D.D.S.; Stephen Sobel, D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professor: James Holt, D.D.S.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Alexandre Amir Aalam, D.D.S.; Vartuhi Avanesian, D.D.S.; Cindy Crews, D.D.S.; Kirsten Dalrymple, Ph.D.; Ellen M. Grady, B.A.; James Mah, M.S., D.D.S., D.MSc.; Renee Paul, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Marlene Talley, D.D.S.

Clinical Instructor: Thomas Allen Levy, M.S., D.D.S.

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

Research Assistant Professors: Matthew K. Lee, M.D.; Mouhammad Hazem Seirawan, M.P.H., D.D.S.; 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. The school also offers a minor in craniofacial and dental technology.