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Friends of Dentistry Gala Photos

Check out images from the recent Friends of Dentistry Gala, where Drs. Mahvash Navazesh and Roseann Mulligan MS ’84 were honored with Excellence in Education Awards.

The Trailblazer

BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 Like most people, Natalie Tung would get squeamish at the sight of blood. “Every time I would see or smell blood, my mind would instantly revert back to a horrible childhood memory of seeing someone’s leg get amputated without anesthesia,” says Tung who grew up in Vietnam. While most can […]

Commencement 2016

[View the story “#ostrowgrad” on Storify] See more photos from USC’s 133rd Commencement on May 13, 2016. Posted 05.17.2016

The Accidental American Dentist

She came to the United States for a year-long residency program. Nearly 40 years later, Dr. Mahvash Navazesh is still here, helping to lead one of the nation’s top dental schools. BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Being the first-generation college student and the only female in your family to study in a foreign country can […]


BY DULCE ACOSTA MSW ’14 My pursuit of higher education stems from an early relationship established with University of Southern California. While in high school, my brother attended Med-COR, a USC program that academically prepares students of color and socioeconomic disadvantage for professional health careers. Once a month on Saturday, my mother and I would […]

A Place All Their Own

It’s been three decades since Dr. Roseann Mulligan MS ’87 set out to create one of the world’s first dental school-based programs providing treatment to special-needs patients. BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 On any given afternoon in one of the eight operatories at USC’s Special Patients Clinic, you might find a woman with Down’s syndrome […]