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Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

In 2010, the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC received an unprecedented $35 million naming gift from alumnus and honorary trustee Dr. Herman Ostrow. “I am thrilled that my legacy will provide tomorrow’s talented professionals with opportunities to achieve great successes,” said Ostrow. Here future professionals Mohamed Hassan (l) and Bassem Alkatib, who are pursuing graduate certificates, study in Founders Park.

Founded in 1897, the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC continues a longstanding tradition as one of the nation’s top dental schools. The Ostrow School of Dentistry maintains a global reputation for excellence in clinical education by providing students with unique, intensive clinical experiences using the most advanced techniques and technologies in the field. Graduates form a tightly knit community of proud alumni, provide top-notch patient care, conduct world-class research and lead the oral health field.

The core of the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s strength rests primarily with its expert educators. Their world-renowned expertise, combined with the school’s innovative learner-centered curricula, provides students with the strong clinical education they need in order to become the next generation of great oral health professionals. The school’s traditional curricula include the Doctor of Dental Surgery program, the baccalaureate in dental hygiene program and several postdoctoral specialty programs: endodontics, general practice residency, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orofacial pain and oral medicine, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and prosthodontics. Other available degrees include combined D.D.S./M.B.A. and D.D.S./M.S. programs, gerontology programs, master’s and Ph.D. opportunities in the craniofacial biology program, and an advanced standing program for international dentists.

The Ostrow School of Dentistry is a valuable facet of one of the country’s leading private, research-intensive universities. Consistently at the top of the list for research funding among all dental schools, the school’s celebrated status as a dental and craniofacial research powerhouse offers students many opportunities. Students enrich their education through activities in the laboratory and bolster their clinical talents with strong scientific foundations.

The Ostrow School of Dentistry and its students also benefit from its location within the city of Los Angeles. With one of the richest traditions of community service of any dental school, the school creates and maintains partnerships that not only provide valuable clinical experiences to the students but also help the most vulnerable members of society improve their oral health. Serving the surrounding community, whether in the school’s dental clinics or at community outreach sites throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, helps students develop not only their clinical proficiency but also their skills in treating all members of an incredibly diverse community with care and compassion.

Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Dentistry Room 203
(213) 740-3124


Avishai Sadan, D.M.D., Dean

Mahvash Navazesh, D.M.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Life

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

Rick Valdivia, C.P.A., Associate Dean of Finance

Yang Chai, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research

Ilan Rotstein, D.D.S., Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Chair, Division of Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics

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

Roseann Mulligan, M.S., D.D.S., Chair, Division of Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry

Casey Chen, D.D.S., Ph.D., Chair, Division of Periodontology, Diagnostic Sciences and Dental Hygiene

Richard Kahn, D.D.S., Ph.D., Chair, Division of Restorative Sciences

Steven Goodman, Ph.D., Chair, Division of Biomedical Sciences


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

George and Mary Lou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular 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.; Avishai Sadan, D.M.D.; 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., Ph.D.; 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.; Randy Phillips, 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.; 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.; 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.; 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.; 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.; 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 Ostrow 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.