School of Dentistry news and stories from around campus.

Faculty awards

Zina Johnston recognized with Teacher of the Year Award

Zina Johnston, DDS’00, assistant professor, Division of General Dentistry, was presented at the 2019 LLUSD commencement with the School of Dentistry Teacher of the Year Award by Mark Estey, DDS’98, assistant dean, Office of Academic Affairs who explained her selection. Dr. Zina Johnston receives her award from Dr. Mark Estey.  “The School of Dentistry Teacher of the Year Award was established to recognize a faculty member whose accomplishments have made an extraordinary impact on students, peers, and the School family. “Dr. Johnston was born in Bagdad, Iraq.

Faculty awards

Debbie Catino recognized with School Distinguished Service Award

Debbie R. Catino, clinical manager, Department of Endodontics, was presented at LLUSD commencement 2019 with the School Distinguished Service Award by Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, who described her exemplary service. LLUH President Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, participates with Dean Robert Handysides in the award presentation to Ms. Catino. “A California native, Ms. Deborah R. Catino’s exemplary and successful service as clinic manager for the School of Dentistry’s Department of Endodontics, spans over four decades.

Alumni, Philanthropy

LLUSD alumnus contributes over 250,000 surgical specimens to AAOMP

Gordon M. Rick, DDS’68, MS’72, has donated to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP) more than 250,000 surgical specimens from the oral, head, and neck region.  They represent the consecutive accessions from 1956 through 2008 of what eventually became Scripps Oral Pathology Service (SOPS). The collection of paraffin-embedded tissue blocks and glass microslides occupies about 425 cubic feet and weighs nearly 12,000 pounds. Dr. Rick (left) delivers a thumb drive containing records of the 250,000 surgical specimens to Dr.

Mark Carpenter honored with LLUH Community Engagement Award

Mark Carpenter, DDS’80, MPH, assistant professor, Dental Educational Services, was presented with the LLUH Community Engagement Award by President Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, at the 2019 annual Loma Linda University Health Homecoming. Dr. Mark Carpenter The Community Engagement Award is presented to an individual or organization whose commitment to local community through respectful and reciprocal engagement exemplifies LLUH’s mission through practice, education, and/or research.

Dean's List - Spring Quarter 2019

Dentistry Class of 2022 Christopher Chaffin, Allison Chan, Eliot Chang, Rebecca Chin, Eugenie Choi, Corbin Clark, Samuilo Cvetkovic, Jordan Dobbin, Joraldine Feliciano, Ronnie Fox, Josue Gar-cia-Chaidez, Matthew Gotaas, Kristen Hanna, Sara Hogue, Jeremiah Holt, Hannah Houghtaling, Rina Inaba, Do Young Jang, Daniel Jordan, Ha Eun Kim, Hyeon Kim, Jeein Kim, SungJun Kim, Oh Ock Kwon, Amber McKeever, Houman Mizani, Conner Nielsen, Daniel Novella, Joshua Penners, Talissa Romero, David Rutgard, Miriam Sherpa, Kyle Simpson, Gurinder Singh, James Smith, Kamran Uppal, Elaine Youssef Dentistry Cla


NASDAD introduces Changing Lives: The Story of Dental Mission Service at Loma Linda University

NASDAD was established in 1943 by a few like-minded Seventh-day Adventist dentists for the express purpose of encouraging the General Conference of SDA to found a school of dentistry on the Loma Linda University campus. Seventy-six years later, the National Association of Seventh-day Adventist Dentists has published its first book, Changing Lives: The Story of Dental Mission Service at Loma Linda University, that celebrates the ultimate success of its lobbying effort—the extensive, compassionate, oral healthcare provided by alumni of the LLU School of Dentistry to “the least of these” a

Eun-Hwi Cho named assistant dean, Educational Quality and Outcomes

On behalf of the LLU School of Dentistry, Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, announced the appointment of Eun-Hwi (Euni) Cho, DDS’95, assistant professor and director, Educational Assessment and Curriculum Development, to the position of assistant dean, Educational Quality and Outcomes. In her new role, effective March 3, 2019, Dr. Cho chairs the LLUSD Outcomes Committee and directs and organizes the documentation production required for each of the School’s programs for accreditation. Dr. Eun-Hwi Cho “I have great confidence in Dr.

Montry Suprono appointed director, Center for Dental Research

The LLU School of Dentistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Montry Suprono, DDS’07, MSD’11, associate professor, to the position of director, Center for Dental Research (CDR), effective February 3, 2019. Dr. Montro Suprono Dr. Suprono takes charge of a thriving CDR that Yiming Li, DDS, PhD, MSD, associate dean, Research, has directed and advanced since 2002. “I’m honored to accept this responsibility, and appreciate the confidence that the School of Dentistry and University have placed in me,” says Dr. Suprono. Since his graduation from dentistry in 2007, Dr.
The Doctors Wu Zhang and Yiming Li

Servants of science and service: The improbable journey of Yiming Li and Wu Zhang

It was individual rights, open markets, the rule of law, and break-apart empiricism that combined to enable the quality of life the developed world enjoys today. At Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, the empirical component is provided by its Center for Dental Research (CDR) where “science,” as its director and associate dean for Research, Yiming Li, DDS, MSD, PhD, once remarked, “is the servant of ‘service.’” It is a congenial irony that the leader of empirical research at the School of Dentistry was born and raised in China and as a very young man was directed toward the life o