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5 Things: Eddie Sheh

Photo by Tan Khuu DDS ’18

This spring, Ostrow graduate and Professor of Clinical Dentistry Eddie Sheh was recognized with a 2018 USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching. For this issue, we asked Sheh’s colleagues, students and one of his dental school professors to tell us five things about the award-winning instructor:


As a USC dental student, Sheh immediately stood apart from his classmates.

“Eddie was one of those guys who got the job done even if it meant staying passed midnight in the lab. In the clinic, he was an example of hard working, very focused, always smiling and above all liked by his patients and respected by all his peers. I called him, ‘the pursuit of excellence.’

—Robert Mokbel, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry


Sheh regularly receives high marks from students for his work in the classroom and on the clinic floor. 

“Dr. Sheh’s excellent teaching skills and courteous personality have helped me tremendously through my training in clinic. His guidance and encouragement were invaluable, and I have been so honored to be able to work under his supervision during my education.”

—Askhan Milani DDS ’18


Once an ASPID student himself, Sheh now serves as the director of the program for foreign-trained dentists who wish to earn an American doctor of dental surgery degree.

“He always strives for perfection along with discipline and determination, which is very difficult to attain. He goes that extra mile for us to make sure we learn right and enhance our skills.” 

—Meha Patel DDS ’18 (ASPID)


Many junior faculty members consider Sheh a mentor.

“Eddie Sheh is a great mentor and an example of integrity and professionalism. He has made himself available to coach, guide and support me in taking the challenge of lecturing for the preclinical courses. I owe him a lot in my becoming a better instructor and a better person.”

—Gabriela Anderson, Clinical Assistant Professor


This isn’t Sheh’s first teaching award, and it likely won’t be his last. 

“Dr. Sheh is highly respected by his peers. They trust his judgment and seek his advice on a myriad of preclinical and clinical issues. He has made substantial and sustained contributions to the educational mission of the school and university via his impeccable teaching skills, caring attitude and strong course management skills.”

—Sillas Duarte, Chair of the Division of Restorative Sciences

This story originally appeared in the TroDent, the official publication for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Read more stories like this in our Spring 2018 issue.



Posted May 2018