School of Dentistry news and stories from around campus.

Zambian miracle

If miracles are manifested by a sequence of improbabilities, Nsekwa Siwale and her husband Jones Simamba have been the beneficiaries of a kind Providence—at least that is how they see it. The Zambian couple was married in April of 2014 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lusaka, the country’s capital (elevation 4,196 feet), and have a two-year-old son, Shemaiah. L-R: Shemaiah, Jones Simamba, and Nsekwa Siwale stand in front of the LLU School of Dentistry. Nsekwa and Jones were raised in different parts of the country—both by Christian parents, but in Jones’ family, by Seventh-d

Dean's List - Spring Quarter 2018

Dentistry Class of 2021 Yeganeh Amini, Yara Arnouk, Jason Bajwa, Jhonny Castro Tigre, Angela Chan, Christopher Chan, Luke Chang, Purin Chirachevin, Fred Choi, Rebecca Choi, Isaac Covarrubias, Gabrielle Dennis, Cory Diaz, Sharareh Hamidifard, Justin Im, Amanda Jacovani, Kevin Jahng, Somyung Ji, Celina Kim, David Kim, Isaac Kim, Kenneth Kim, Nai Kim, Suzie Lee, Shawn Liu, Krista Min, Grace Moon, Andrew Najem, Shant Oroojian, Veronica Pintor, Liliana Popova, Rebecca Quinn, Trent Straw, Anna Sukhova, Eric Swenson, Peter Tafesh, Brandon Talmood, Jonathan Tangunan, Eric Tran, Crystal Yeap Dent
Dean's List - Winter Quarter 2018

Dean's List - Winter Quarter 2018

Dentistry Class of 2021 Yeganeh Amini, Jason Bajwa, Jhonny Castro Tigre, Angela Chan, Christopher Chan, Luke Chang, Purin Chirachevin, Fred Choi, Rebecca Choi, Isaac Covarrubias, Gabrielle Dennis, Jenney Huynh, Justin Im, Amanda Jacovani, Kevin Jahng, Somyung Ji, Sergio Juca, Victoria Kha, Celina Kim, David Kim, Isaac Kim, Johnathan Kim, Kenneth Kim, Suzie Lee, Shawn Liu, Krista Min, Grace Moon, Shant Oroojian, Heather Perry, Veronica Pintor, Liliana Popova, Rebecca Quinn, Trent Straw, Anna Sukhova, Eric Swenson, Brandon Talmood, Jonathan Tangunan, Eric Tran Dentistry Class of 2020 Ev
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HRSA grant provides pediatric dentistry faculty relief from education loans

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA) has awarded Loma Linda University School of Dentistry’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry $864,000 in financial relief for members of its faculty beginning September 2017 specifically for the repayment of education loans. Dr.
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Mark Estey, DDS'98, appointed assistant dean, Office of Academic Affairs, LLU School of Dentistry

Mark Estey, DDS, has been appointed assistant dean, Office of Academic Affairs, for Loma Linda University School of Dentistry by a February 27, 2018, vote of the LLUH Board of Trustees. Dr. Mark Estey “On behalf of the School of Dentistry, it is my pleasure to welcome Mark Estey to our administrative team,” said LLUSD Dean Robert Handysides, DDS. Since July 2015, and until this recent appointment, Dr. Estey has been program director of the School’s International Dentistry Program. By the time Dr.

Dean's List - Autumn Quarter 2017

Dentistry Class of 2021 Yeganeh Amini, Jason Bajwa, Christopher Chan, Luke Chang, Fred Choi, Rebecca Choi, Isaac Covarrubias, Cory Diaz, Amanda Jacovani, Kevin Jahng, Celina Kim, David Kim, Isaac Kim, Johnathan Kim, Kenneth Kim, Suzie Lee, Andrew Najem, Shant Oroojian, Liliana Popova, Rebecca Quinn, Eric Swenson, Brandon Talmood, Jonathan Tangunan   Dentistry Class of 2020 Evan Acob, Bryce Ashton, Norayr Avakian, Jennie Caldwell, Ellin Choi, David Chung, Lucas DiCiccio, Fadi Eli, Jordan Evans,  Samer Gazale, Spencer Gibbs, Matthew Green, Dimitri Haber, Alexander Harris, M

Robert Handysides, DDS’93, appointed sixth LLU School of Dentistry dean

Robert Handysides, DDS’93, associate dean for academic affairs since 2013, has been appointed dean, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Dr. Robert Handysides Joseph Caruso, DDS’73, MS’75, who has served first as acting and then as interim dean since May 2017, will continue through the academic year his positions as associate dean for Strategic Initiatives and Faculty Practices and as program director for the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. In response to his selection, Dr.

Falling in L-O-V-E with Dentistry

Fourth-year dental student Kylin Hamann goes beyond treating teeth to caring for each patient’s unique needs. By Genesis Gonzalez While growing up, Kylin Hamann spent summers in China living with various host families and studying Mandarin. During her sophomore year in high school she lived in Sichuan province where she immersed herself in its culture, people, and language.

Jessica Kim named director, Hugh Love Center for Research & Education in Technology

Jessica Kim, DDS’05, assistant professor, Division of General Dentistry, was recently appointed (September 8, 2017) director of the Hugh Love Center for Research & Education in Technology. Dr. Jessica Kim A former director of the LLUSD International Dentist Program, Dr. Kim replaces Nadim Baba, DMD, MSD, professor, Division of General Dentistry, who Dean Joseph Caruso thanked “for his five years of service in the capacity of Technology Center leadership that has provided a solid foundation on which we will continue to build.”

Jung-Wei Chen shatters glass ceiling

Jung-Wei “Anna” Chen, DDS, MS, MS, PhD, program director, Advanced Specialty Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, was honored with the Outstanding Alumnus Award on June, 1, 2017, from Taipei Medical University (TMU) in Taipei, Taiwan, where she earned her doctor of dental surgery degree in 1996. Dr. Chen enjoys her award with Taipei Medical University President Yuen Yen, MD, PhD. Dr.