University of Southern California

Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Michael Rice DDS ’14 treats a patient in a USC mobile dental unit in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of the USC Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program, a student-run organization that organizes multiple trips each year to provide dental services to underserved communities. The Kenya project is the largest to date and is believed by the Kenya Ministry of Medical services to be the largest dental outreach effort in Kenya’s history.

Since 1897, the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has provided students with unique, intensive clinical experiences using the most advanced techniques and technologies in the field. Graduates form a tightly knit community of proud alumni, provide top-notch patient care, conduct world-class research and lead the oral health field.

The school’s strength is its educators. Their world-renowned expertise, combined with innovative curricula, gives students the strong clinical education they need to become great oral health professionals. The curricula include the Doctor of Dental Surgery program, the baccalaureate in dental hygiene program and several postdoctoral specialty programs: endodontics, general practice residency, operative dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orofacial pain, oral medicine, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and prosthodontics. Other programs include an advanced standing program for international dentists; online Master of Science degrees in dental hygiene, geriatric dentistry, orofacial pain and oral medicine; and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in craniofacial biology.

The Ostrow School of Dentistry’s celebrated status as a well-funded dental and craniofacial research powerhouse allows students to enrich their education through laboratory activities and bolster their clinical talents with strong scientific foundations.

Through community service, the Ostrow School of Dentistry provides valuable clinical experiences to the students while helping disadvantaged individuals improve their oral health. Serving the surrounding community, whether at the school’s dental clinics or at community outreach sites throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, helps students develop clinical competency and learn to treat all members of a diverse community with care and compassion.

Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


Avishai Sadan, DMD, Dean

Mahvash Navazesh, DMD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Life

Yang Chai, DDS, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research

Roseann Mulligan, M.S., DDS, Associate Dean of Community Health Programs and Hospital Affairs and Chair, Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry

Ilan Rotstein, DDS, Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Chair, Division of Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics

Casey Chen, DDS, Ph.D., Chair, Division of Periodontology, Diagnostic Sciences and Dental Hygiene

Sillas Duarte, Jr., DDS, Ph.D., Chair, Division of Restorative Sciences

Malcolm Snead, DDS, Ph.D., Chair, Division of Biomedical Sciences

James Gordon, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., Associate Dean and Chair, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Florence Clark, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean and Chair, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Professor in Dentistry: Avishai Sadan, DMD

George and Mary Lou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular Biology: Yang Chai, DDS, Ph.D.

Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation Chair in Esthetic Dentistry: Pascal Magne, DMD, Ph.D.

Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development: Linda Fetters, Ph.D.

Ralph W. and Jean L. Bleak Professor of Restorative Dentistry: Winston Wan-Li Chee, BDS

Charles M. Goldstein Professor of Community Dentistry: Roseann Mulligan, DDS, M.S.

USC Associates Assistant Professor of Dentistry: Michael L. Paine, DDS, Ph.D.

Professors: Yang Chai, DDS, Ph.D.*; Chih-Kuang Casey Chen, DDS, Ph.D.; Glenn Clark, M.S., DDS; Paul C. Denny, Ph.D.*; Tina F. Jaskoll, Ph.D.; Stanley F. Malamed, DDS; Michael Melnick, DDS, Ph.D.; Cedric Minkin, Ph.D.; Roseann Mulligan, M.S., DDS; Mahvash Navazesh, DMD; Janet Moradian-Oldak, Ph.D.; Michael Paine, BDS, Ph.D.; Pragna Patel, Ph.D.; Ilan Rotstein, DDS; Avishai Sadan, DMD; Michael L. Schneir, M.S., Ph.D.; Songtao Shi, DDS, Ph.D.; Harold C. Slavkin, DDS; Jorgen Slots, MBA, DDS, Ph.D., DMD; Malcolm L. Snead, DDS, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Winston Wan-Li Chee, BDS; George C. Cho, DDS; Sillas Duarte, Jr., DDS, Ph.D.; Robert G. Keim, DDS, Ed.D.; Ralph L. Leung, M.S., DDS; Pascal Magne, DMD, Ph.D.; Glenn Sameshima, DDS, Ph.D.; Arnold Tiber, DDS, Ph.D.; Homayoun H. Zadeh, DDS, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Librarianship): John P. Glueckert, MLIS

Assistant Professors of Dentistry: Ruchi Bajpai, Ph.D.; Amy Merrill-Brugger, Ph.D.; Ramiro Murata, DDS, Ph.D.; Parish P. Sedghizadeh, DDS

Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Jane Forrest, RDH, Ed.D.; Michael Jorgensen, DDS; Diane Melrose, BSDH, M.A.; Michael J. Mulvehill III, DDS, MBA*; Dennis-Duke R. Yamashita, DDS

Associate Professor (Clinical Scholar): Stephen Yen, DMD, Ph.D.

Associate Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Loris Abedi, DDS*; Gardner Beale, DDS; Richard Furuichi, DDS; Joyce Galligan, R.N., DDS; Phuu Han, DDS, Ph.D.; Michelle Ikoma, DDS; Kian Kar, M.S., DDS; James W. Kim, DDS; Thomas Allen Levy, M.S., DDS; Niel Nathason, MPH, M.A.; Saravanan Ram, DDS, MDS; Sandra K. Rich, MPH, Ph.D.; Ramon Roges, DDS; Eddie Sheh, DDS*; Donna Smith, RDH, M.S.Ed.; Richard Udin, DDS

Assistant Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Tae Ahn, DDS*; Lupe Arevalo, RDH*; Kim Austin, DDS; Jucheng Chen, DDS, Ph.D.; Laura Elizondo, DDS; Reyes Enciso, Ph.D.; Sharon Faust, DDS; Jan P. Gonzalez-Torres, DDS; Dan Grauer, DDS, Ph.D.; Richard Green, M.S.Ed., DDS; Veronica Greene, MPH, DDS; Ripsik Gukasyan, DDS; Tran Han, DDS; Helia Hooshangi, DDS; Julie Jenks, M.S., MPH, DDS; Boris Keselbrener, DDS; Tae Kim, DDS; Janet Lent, DDS; Richard S. Lin, DDS; W. Michael Madden, DDS; Ali Ostadali Makhmalbaf, DDS; Karen Matsumura-Lem, RDH, DDS; John Morzov, DDS; Eleanor Nielsen, BSDH; Jose Polido, DDS; Elham Radan, DMD, M.Sc.; Piedad Suarez, DDS; Santosh Sundaresan, DDS; Marlene Talley, DDS; Thomas Tanbonliong, Jr., DDS; Antonia Teruel, DDS, Ph.D.; Chieng Christian Tu, RDH*; Dinh L. Vo, DDS; Christina Wong, DDS

Research Assistant Professors: Matthew K. Lee, M.D.; Yan Zhou, Ph.D.

Clinical Professors: Ralph B. Allman, M.S., DDS; David Good, DDS; John J. Lytle, DDS, M.D.; Margarita Zeichner-David, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professors: Barbara D. Edwards, RDH; John Kishibay, DMD, Ph.D.; Bach Le, DDS, M.D.; Camille Nakamura, DDS; Michael Padilla, DDS; Anthony Park, DDS; Hovhanness Shnorhokian, DMD, Ph.D.; James W. Tom, DDS, M.S.; Arman Torbati, DDS; Leon Unterman, DDS

Clinical Assistant Professors: Mainul Ahsan, Ph.D.; Alexander Alcaraz, DMD; Pearl Ambrosio-Caligiuri, DDS; Gabriela Anderson, DDS; Vartuhi Avanesian, DDS; Nasrin Bahari Chopiuk, Ph.D.; Yaara Berdan, DDS; Ketty (Ching-Hsiu) Chiu, DDS; Nam Cho, DDS; Xiao Mei Cui, DDS; Sibel Dincer, DDS, M.S.; Alon Frydman, DDS; Ellen M. Grady, B.A.; Melina Gregorian, DDS; Mina Habibian, DDS, Ph.D.; Stan Hanes, DDS; David Kang, DDS; Daniel Kolzet, DMD; Jennifer I-Chen Lo, DDS; Armando Lopez, DDS; Stacy Love, DDS; Joel McPherson, DDS; (Mehdi) Mohammad Mohammadi, MPH, DDS; Naomi Nguyen, DDS, M.S.; Lisa Oshiro, RDH; Vanessa Pardy, DDS, Ph.D.; Dieu Pham, DDS, M.D.; Vanthi Pham, DDS; Andrea C. Pinnick, DDS; Lisa Popkoff, DDS; Narendranath Ravindranath, Ph.D.; Lucille Rotstein, B.Ch.D.; Liane K. Sakai, DDS; Daniel Schecter, DDS; Michael Schneider, DMD; Judith Tefft, Ph.D.; Anita Tourah, DDS; Christopher Truhan, DDS; Zaw Win Tun, BDS, M.Sc.; Michelle Vanderlinde, Ph.D.; Fabiana Varjao, Ph.D.; Xun Sean Xu, Ph.D., DDS; Kiyomi Yamazaki, DDS, Ph.D.

Clinical Instructors: Amelia Andrade-Garcia, RDH; Joan Beleno, RDH; Katheryn Bowns, RDH; Linda Brookman, RDH; Linus Chong, DDS, M.S.; Shahrok Jedian, DDS; Senovita Lopez, RDH; Gerald McClellan, DDS; Albert Mizrahi, DDS; Diane Nguyen, DDS; Michaela Nguyen, RDH; Theresa Nguyen, RDH; Michael Rabinovici, DDS; Carlos Sanchez, RDH; Gail Stewart, M.A.; Joyce Sumi, RDH; Eugene Zakaryan, DDS

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degrees Offered

The Ostrow School of Dentistry awards the following degrees: the Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene; the Master of Science, Dental Hygiene; the Master of Science, Geriatric Dentistry; the Master of Science, Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine; the Doctor of Dental Surgery; the Advanced Operative Dentistry Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology; the Advanced Orthodontics Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology; the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology; the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Certificate/Ph.D., Craniofacial Biology; the Advanced Periodontology Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology; Advanced Dental Education Certificate programs in Endodontics, Operative Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orofacial Pain, Oral Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, and Prosthodontics; Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology; and the Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Biology. The school also offers a minor in craniofacial and dental technology.