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USC School of Dentistry

The USC/Union Rescue Mission Dental Clinic brings free dental services to Skid Row residents. Patient and mission resident Daniel Patton (second from right) stands outside the mission with Clinic Director Kathy Elizondo, a dental student and Assistant Professor Santosh Sundaresan. Says Patton, "I can smile and really feel good, outside and inside."

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


Avishai Sadan, D.M.D., 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

Sigmund H. Abelson, D.D.S., Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Roseann Mulligan, M.S., D.D.S., 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

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

Niel Nathason, M.A., M.P.H., Assistant Dean for Community Health Programs and Special Projects

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 Michael J. Mulvehill III, D.D.S., M.B.A., Co-chairs, Division of Primary Oral Healthcare


G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Dean's Chair in Dentistry: Avishai Sadan, D.M.D.

George and Mary Lou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Moelcular Biology: Yang Chai, D.D.S., Ph.D.

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

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.*; Chih‑Kuang Casey Chen, 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.; Mahvash Navazesh, D.M.D.; 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.; 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., Ph.D.; Ralph L. Leung, M.S., D.D.S.; Pascal Magne, D.M.D., Ph.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.; Songtao Shi, D.D.S., Ph.D.; 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 Professor (Librarianship): John P. Glueckert, M.L.I.S. Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Michael Jorgensen, 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, R.N., D.D.S.; Ripsik Gukasyan, D.D.S.; Michelle Ikoma, D.D.S; James W. Kim, D.D.S.; Niel Nathason, M.P.H., M.A.; 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.; Cynthia Chan, 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.; 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.; Thomas Allen Levy, M.S., D.D.S.; Richard S. Lin, D.D.S.; Ali Ostadali Makhmalbaf, D.D.S.; Afsaneh Matin-Hedayatzadeh, D.D.S.; Karen Matsumura-Lem, R.D.H., D.D.S.; Holly Moon, M.S., D.D.S.; John Morzov, D.D.S.; Eleanor Nielsen, B.S.D.H.; Duc 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.; Santosh Sundaresan, D.D.S.; Thomas Tanbonliong, Jr., D.D.S.; Antonia Teruel, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Chieng Tu, R.D.H.*; Jaqueline Venturin, D.M.D.; Dinh L. Vo, D.D.S.; Anna Wannarka, D.M.D.; Christina Wong, D.D.S.

Clinical Professors: Ralph B. Allman, M.S., D.D.S.; David Hochwald, D.D.S.; Calvin Lau, M.B.A., D.D.S.

Clinical Associate Professors: James Holt, D.D.S.; Bach Le, D.D.S.; Barbara D. Edwards, R.D.H.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Vartuhi Avanesian, D.D.S.; Kirsten Dalrymple, Ph.D.; Alon Frydman, D.D.S.; Ellen M. Grady, B.A.; James Mah, M.S., D.D.S., D.MSc.; Daniel Schecter, D.D.S.; Marlene Talley, D.D.S.

Clinical Instructor: Senovita Lopez, R.D.H.

Research Professor: Margarita Zeichner-David, M.S., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Matthew K. Lee, M.D.; Mouhammad Hazem Seirawan, M.P.H., D.D.S.; 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 Science in 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.