School of Dentistry news and stories from around campus.

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.
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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


Dean’s Curriculum Challenge participants advance LLUSD curriculum

To encourage the alignment and integration of clinical and academic teaching processes  and improve the learning and engagement of our students, LLUSD Dean Robert Handysides, DDS’93, announced in June 2018 a Dean’s Curriculum Challenge backed by $50,000 in prize money to be shared among the creators of three proposed curriculum contributions voted most impressive by the School’s faculty, students, and staff. As Mark Estey, DDS’98, assistant dean, Academic Affairs, put it, “Dean Handysides put out the challenge for anyone to look at our curriculum, pick out a piece, and come up with a p


Team Steam gets new machines

It’s one thing to purchase and install a new dishwasher in a home kitchen. A guy comes in with a hand truck and a new dishwasher, spends a few minutes unhooking and unplugging the old unit and installs the new model.

Dean's List - Summer Quarter 2018

Dentistry Class of 2021 Yeganeh Amini, Alex Bullock, Christopher Chan, Luke Chang, Fred Choi, Isaac Covarrubias, Gabrielle Dennis, Cory Diaz, Justin Im, Amanda Jacovani, Nina Khanna, Celina Kim, Isaac Kim, Shawn Liu, Erica Lopez, Grace Moon, Liliana Popova, Rebecca Quinn, Joshua Srikureja, Trent Straw, Anna Sukhova, Peter Tafesh, Jonathan Tangunan Dental Hygiene (BS) Class of 2019 Marianne Balt, Katelyn Black, Emily Brown, Samantha De Guia, Cynthia Gonzales, Sean Halbo, Sean Hsu, Isabella Idea, Kayla Nierre, Caitlin Pedersen, Brian Seo, Tanya Viner, Marise Wong IDP Class of 2020

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Alison Perez honored with LLUSD's 2018 President's Award

She inspired her peers as president of the American Student Dental Association Alison Perez, DDS’18, MS, was honored with the 2018 President’s Award by Loma Linda University School of Dentistry at its May commencement in recognition of her outstanding academic achievements and commitment to community service. Dr. Alison Perez This recent graduate’s academic excellence placed her on the Dean’s list each quarter.

LLUSD student researchers excel at CDA

Twenty-six LLUSD students—10 class of 2019 dentistry, 6 class of 2018 dentistry, 1 class of 2020 dentistry and nine class of 2018 dental hygiene—received a remarkable seven awards and one honorary mention in table clinic competition during the 2018 annual meetings of the California Dental Association and California Dental Hygiene Association meetings in Anaheim May 16-19. Dental student participants gather with Dr. Kwon and three advisors, Dr. Clyde Roggenkamp, Dr. Min Wang and Mr. Udo Oyoyo. Standing (L-R): Kirsty Roggenkamp, Krystal Park, Dr. Clyde Roggenkamp, Sarah Lee, Dr.

Esther Valenzuela appointed assistant dean, Admissions and Student Affairs

Esther Valenzuela, MA, MBA, director, Admissions and Recruitment, for Loma Linda University School of Dentistry since 2006, has accepted an appointment to the position of assistant dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. Esther Valenzuela Ms. Valenzuela replaces the retiring Graham Stacey, PhD, associate dean, Student Affairs, 2008-2014, and for Admissions and Student Affairs, since 2015. A registered nurse, and an educational guidance counselor, Ms.

LLUSD's inaugural RDAEF class graduates

The Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Registered Dental Assistant Expanded Functions (RDAEF2) program celebrated its first graduating class of ten students on April 22, 2018, with the presentation of certificates of completion and embroidered lab coats. Back row (L-R): Dr. Holli Riter, Ms. Jeri Fowler, Dr. Mark Estey. Graduating RDAEF2 class members (L-R): Angela Mares, Belem Rosas, Brandi Derrick, Kelsey Wood, Susana Degollado, Jessica Helgedalen, Elia Juarez, Sandy Dunn, Kim Rust, and Pauline Nimako The program began June 4, 2017 and finished on April 22, 2018.