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Avishai Sadan Named Dean of USC School of Dentistry

By James Grant, USC Media Relations

On behalf of University of Southern California President Steven B. Sample, Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias has announced the appointment of Avishai Sadan as dean of the USC School of Dentistry, effective August 1, 2009.

Sadan will also hold the G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Dean’s Chair in Dentistry.

Sadan will join USC from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, where he serves as associate dean of clinical affairs and professor and chairman of the department of comprehensive care.

“We are delighted to have Professor Avishai Sadan join USC,” said Nikias. “He has distinguished himself at Case Western as a successful administrator and inspiring leader, and we look forward to his service at the USC School of Dentistry as the school continues its mission of educating the finest clinicians, advancing research, and enhancing public health.”

Sadan brings strong experience in clinical practice and research to USC. At Case Western, he merged the former departments of restorative dentistry and general dentistry, restructured all preclinical courses to align with contemporary restorative approaches, reorganized all clinical procedures, and streamlined all preclinical and clinical operations.  In his role as chair, of the department of comprehensive care, he has supervised all departmental research activities, the school’s biomaterials laboratory, and the clinical trials in the D.M.D. clinics research.

Sadan is the former editor-in-chief of Quintessence International and of Quintessence of Dental Technology (QDT).  He has served on the editorial boards of other journals, and has published and lectured nationally and internationally on biomaterials, fixed prosthodontics, and esthetic and implant dentistry.

“With the great privilege of joining one of the world’s finest schools comes the huge responsibility of maintaining its high level of excellence,” said Sadan.  ”In a highly competitive environment, the school will continue to reinvent itself using its biggest assets: its outstanding students, world renowned faculty, and the most committed and proud core of alumni any school has.  We will continue to attract the best candidates, graduate the finest clinicians, generate meaningful and exciting scientific discoveries, and be a resource for the betterment of our community through our strong community outreach.”

Sadan received his B.Sc. and D.M.D. degrees from Hebrew University’s Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, where he also completed an internship in maxillofacial prosthodontics and oral medicine. He received his training in prosthodontics from the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Dentistry and has also completed a fellowship at LSU in prosthodontics, emphasizing esthetic and implant dentistry.

Sadan is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Prosthodontists, the Academy of Osseointegration, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society, and Pierre Fauchard Academy.