Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

The Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC dedicates itself to community outreach through programs such as Dental Explorers, a two-week immersion experience that welcomes more than 40 high school, college and postbaccalaureate students to campus each summer. The participants do everything from attending lectures to shadowing USC dental students to constructing artificial teeth. “The atmosphere is so welcoming here,” said Andrea Ustarez, a California State University, Los Angeles, graduate who participated in the program. “You hear about the Trojan Family, but now I’ve gotten to witness it.”

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 curricula include the Doctor of Dental Surgery program, the baccalaureate in dental hygiene program and several postdoctoral specialty programs: endodontics, general practice residency, operative dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orofacial pain and oral medicine, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and prosthodontics. Other available degrees include combined DDS/MBA and DDS/M.S. programs, gerontology programs, a distance learning master of science program in orofacial pain and oral medicine, 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


Avishai Sadan, DMD, Dean

Mahvash Navazesh, DMD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Life

Sigmund H. Abelson, DDS, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs

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

Roseann Mulligan, M.S., DDS, Associate Dean of Community Health Programs and Hospital Affairs and Chair, Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry

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

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

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

Paul Denny, Ph.D., Interim Chair, Division of Biomedical Sciences

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


G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Professor in Dentistry: Avishai Sadan, DMD

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

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

Rex Ingraham Chair in Restorative Dentistry: Richard L. Kahn, DDS*

Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development: Linda Fetters, Ph.D.

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

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

Charles M. Goldstein Professor of Community Dentistry: Roseann Mulligan, DDS, M.S.

G. Donald Montgomery Professor of Dentistry: Sigmund H. Abelson, DDS, MACM

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

Professors: Yang Chai, DDS, Ph.D.*; Chih‑Kuang Casey Chen, DDS, Ph.D.; Glenn Clark, M.S., DDS; Paul C. Denny, Ph.D.*; Tina F. Jaskoll, Ph.D.; Stanley F. Malamed, DDS; Michael Melnick, DDS, Ph.D.; Cedric Minkin, Ph.D.; Roseann Mulligan, M.S., DDS; Mahvash Navazesh, DMD; Janet Moradian-Oldak, Ph.D.; Michael Paine, BDS, Ph.D.; Pragna Patel, Ph.D.; Ilan Rotstein, DDS; Avishai Sadan, DMD; Michael L. Schneir, M.S., Ph.D.; Harold C. Slavkin, DDS; Jorgen Slots, MBA, DDS, Ph.D., DMD; Malcolm L. Snead, DDS, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Winston Wan-Li Chee, BDS; George C. Cho, DDS; Steven D. Goodman, Ph.D.; Richard L. Kahn, DDS*; Robert G. Keim, DDS, Ed.D.; Anh Dao Le, DDS, Ph.D.; Ralph L. Leung, M.S., DDS; Pascal Magne, DMD, Ph.D.; Glenn Sameshima, DDS, Ph.D.; Songtao Shi, DDS, Ph.D.; Arnold Tiber, DDS, Ph.D.; Homayoun H. Zadeh, DDS, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Librarianship): John P. Glueckert, MLIS

Assistant Professors of Dentistry: Ruchi Bajpai, Ph.D.; Amy Merrill-Brugger, Ph.D.; Jin Ho Phark, DMD; Parish P. Sedghizadeh, DDS

Visiting Associate Professor: Sillas Duarte Jr., DMD

Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Jane Forrest, RDH, Ed.D.; Michael Jorgensen, DDS; Diane Melrose, BSDH, M.A.; Michael J. Mulvehill III, DDS, MBA*; Hessam Nowzari, DDS; Alvin Rosenblum, DDS; James H.S. Simon, DDS; Dennis-Duke R. Yamashita, DDS

Associate Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Loris Abedi, DDS*; Sigmund Abelson, DDS, MACM; Gardner Beale, DDS; Jucheng Chen, DDS, Ph.D.; Joyce Galligan, R.N., DDS; Ripsik Gukasyan, DDS; Michelle Ikoma, DDS; Kian Kar, M.S., DDS; James W. Kim, DDS; Thomas Allen Levy, M.S., DDS; Niel Nathason, MPH, M.A.; Randy Phillips, DDS; Jose Polido, DDS; Sandra K. Rich, MPH, Ph.D.; Ramon Roges, DDS; Eddie Sheh, DDS*; Donna Smith, RDH, M.S.Ed.; Richard Udin, DDS; Stephen Yen, DMD, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Tae Ahn, DDS*; Lupe Arevalo, RDH*; Kim Austin, DDS; Jessica De Bord, MSD, DDS; Laura Elizondo, DDS; Reyes Enciso, Ph.D.; Sharon Faust, DDS; Richard Green, M.S.Ed., DDS; Veronica Greene, MPH, DDS; Helia Hooshangi, DDS; Julie Jenks, M.S., MPH, DDS; Boris Keselbrener, DDS; Tae Kim, DDS; Satish K.S. Kumar, MDS; Janet Lent, DDS; Richard S. Lin, DDS; W. Michael Madden, DDS; Ali Ostadali Makhmalbaf, DDS; Karen Matsumura-Lem, RDH, DDS; John Morzov, DDS; Eleanor Nielsen, BSDH; Andrea C. Pinnick, DDS; Saravanan Ram, MDS; Piedad Suarez, DDS; Santosh Sundaresan, DDS; Thomas Tanbonliong, Jr., DDS; Antonia Teruel, DDS, Ph.D.; Chieng Christian Tu, RDH*; Dinh L. Vo, DDS; Christina Wong, DDS

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

Research Assistant Professors: Matthew K. Lee, M.D.; Yan Zhou, Ph.D.

Clinical Professors: Ralph B. Allman, M.S., DDS; Calvin Lau, DDS, MBA

Clinical Associate Professors: Barbara D. Edwards, RDH; John Kishibay, DMD, Ph.D.; Bach Le, DDS, M.D.; Anthony Park, DDS; Paul Parminter, DDS; Hovhanness Shnorhokian, DMD, Ph.D.; Arman Torbati, DDS

Clinical Assistant Professors: Mainul Ahsan, Ph.D.; Vartuhi Avanesian, DDS; Nasrin Bahari Chopiuk, Ph.D.; Yaara Berdan, DDS; Theodore Burnett, DDS; Juan Camerena, DDS; Sibel Dincer, DDS, M.S.; Brent Fung, DDS; Alon Frydman, DDS; Ellen M. Grady, B.A.; Stan Hanes, DDS; David Kang, DDS; Clara Kim, DMD; Daniel Kolzet, DMD; Jennifer I-Chen Lo, DDS; Joel McPherson, DDS; Lisa Oshiro, RDH; Maria Paranhos, DDS, Ph.D.; Narendranath Ravindranath, Ph.D.; Lucille Rotstein, B.Ch.D.; Daniel Schecter, DDS; Liane K. Sakai, DDS; Tota Shimizu, M.S.Ed., DDS; Marlene Talley, DDS; Jettie Uyanne, DDS; Fabiana Varjao, Ph.D.; Suzanne Wenzlaff, DDS; Kiyomi Yamazaki, DDS, Ph.D.; Zaw Win Tun, BDS, M.Sc.

Clinical Instructors: Linda Brookman, RDH; Alfred Friedman, DDS; Shahrok Jedian, DDS; Senovita Lopez, RDH; Stacy Love, DDS; Gerald McClellan, DDS; Michael Rabinovici, DDS; Carlos Sanchez, RDH; Gail Stewart, M.A.; Arthur Womack, DDS; Eugene Zakaryan, DDS

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degrees Offered

This new program is available beginning fall 2012.

The Ostrow School of Dentistry awards the following degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene; the Master of Science, Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine; 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 Operative Dentistry Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology; the Advanced Orthodontics Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology; the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology; the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Certificate/Ph.D., Craniofacial Biology; the Advanced Periodontology Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology; Advanced Dental Education Certificate programs in Endodontics, Operative Dentistry, 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 and Master of Science in Geriatric Dentistry. The school also offers a minor in craniofacial and dental technology.