USC University of Southern California

Avishai Sadan formally installed as School of Dentistry Dean

During the search for the new Dean of the USC School of Dentistry, only one candidate truly stood out from the others, said USC President Steven B. Sample.

School of Dentistry Dean Avishai Sadan was formally installed during a ceremony at USC Town and Gown on September 29, with Dentistry faculty and staff as well as members of the larger USC community in attendance.

Sample introduced Sadan as an inspiring leader, clinician and researcher. Previously the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chair of the Department of Comprehensive Care at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Sadan is the right person to lead the School of Dentistry, “a school that has always been ahead of its time,” Sample said.

After receiving an engraved pewter plate, Sadan took the podium and outlined his vision for the School of Dentistry. The School of Dentistry is one of USC’s greatest assets, Sadan said.

“The USC School of Dentistry is known and respected worldwide for its numerous contributions to clinical education, research, and community outreach,” Sadan said. “What makes us truly special is how we are able to excel in the fields specific to dentistry while at the same time align perfectly with the University’s vision and mission.”

Sadan vowed to uphold the School’s reputation of excellent clinical education through advances in curricula, faculty recruitment and infrastructure. He also emphasized the need for nurturing the School’s strengths in scientific research and community outreach through careful assessment and the pursuit of new support opportunities.

“With a clear vision, alignment and focus, close monitoring of our financial abilities, and help from our alumni and corporate partners, the future is bright,” Sadan said. “We have started a journey; its destination is a place called eminence, the only place we belong.”