School of Dentistry news and stories from around campus.


Commencement 2019: LLUSD’s 63rd conferring of degrees

The late afternoon drizzle on commencement Sunday, May 29, 2019, did very little to dampen the mood of 191 School of Dentistry students from 34 countries —“graduates” who LLUH President Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, said “are going out” into the world “to make man whole.” Abridged remarks of the conferring of degrees speaker and the presidents of the 2019 dentistry and dental hygiene classes follow. “Look at those beautiful teeth” “I wanted to tell you about my dentist because he’s awesome.” La Sierra University Chaplain Samuel Leonor focused on his dentist of two decades during his address

Faculty awards

Jaime Lozada recognized with LLUSD School Distinguished Research Award

Jaime Lozada, DDS, program director, Advanced Dental Education Program in Implant Dentistry, was presented during LLUSD commencement 2019 with the School Distinguished Research Award by Dean Robert Handysides who described his contribution to dental education and particularly to research in implant dentistry. Dr. Jaime Lozada is congratulated by President Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, and Dean Robert Handysides.  “An outstanding researcher and educator, Dr. Jaime L. Lozada has served the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry for more than three decades.

Faculty awards

John W. Leyman recognized with School Distinguished Faculty Service Award

John W. Leyman, DDS, director, Koppel Special Care Dentistry Center, was presented during commencement 2019 with the School Distinguished Service Award During by Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, who described Dr. Leyman’s contribution to the School of Dentistry. Dr. Leyman is congratulated by Dean Robert Handysides and LLUH President Richard Hart, MD, DrPH.  “Dr. John W.

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