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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.

Dean's List – Summer Quarter 2017

Dentistry Class of 2020 Evan Acob, Bryce Ashton, Jennie Caldwell, Ellin Choi, Lucas DiCiccio, Jordan Evans,  Samer Gazale, Matthew Green, Dimitri Haber, Michael Henriksen, Kent Horsley, Liudmyla Humen, Melissa Khoury, Joanna Koo, Joshua Lee, George Messiah, Matthew Narita, Hung Nguyen, Kitesh Patel, Marytza Rios Gonzalez, Katie Sayler, Isaac Shin, Jordan Smith, Amenda St Hilaire, Patrick Stewart, Luke Taylor, Greer Thompson, Anthony Traboulsi, Clayton Tran, Brittany Watu, George Wong, Andrew Yoon Dentistry Class of 2019 Namo Asadamongkol, Nadia Barakat, Jason Bendas, Caitlin Berw

Tory Silvestrin: running life's marathon at a sprint

Even though Tory Silvestrin, DDS, MSD’15 (Endo), MSHPE (2014) associate professor, Department of Endodontics, has been running life’s marathon at a sprint, it has been his habit to make very considered life choices. Those decisions—and what he has done with them—have brought him, five years out of dental school, to be named interim chair for LLU School of Dentistry’s Department of Endodontics. Dr. Tory Silvestrin As a University of Washington, Seattle, School of Dentistry senior in 2012, Tory applied to the endodontics advanced training programs of sixteen American dental schools.
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Heidi Kohltfarber receives PhD

Heidi Kohltfarber, DDS’03, MS, PhD, associate professor, Department of Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, was awarded a PhD degree in Diagnostic Imaging with an emphasis in Craniofacial Radiology by King's College London on June 1, 2017, during a ceremony at Southwark Cathedral. Dr. Heidi Kohltfarber Dr.