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Meghan McDonough DDS ’22: Modern Dancer, Future Dentist

BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Since before she was able to read or write, Meghan McDonough DDS ’22 has been dancing. “We always had music of all styles playing in our home. Dancing was the natural extension of the music,” McDonough says. She began taking formal dance classes at the age of 2 and, by […]

Monroe Katz DDS ’69, Renaissance Man

BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 Growing up in Brooklyn, Monroe Katz wasn’t allowed to indulge his creative side. His aunt, who raised Katz after his mother’s death, believed art was a waste of time and that Katz’s time would be better spent, studying subjects that would lead to a career in medicine, law or accounting. […]

The Forever Student

USC dentistry alumna credits time at Ostrow for successful pediatric dentistry career. BY MICHELLE McCARTHY It’s not often you hear someone utter the words, “Kids are excited to go to the dentist.” But that’s exactly what Jeanette MacLean, DDS ’03, says about her patients, and she attributes the break in the norm to her time […]

The Team Dentists

When a Los Angeles Football Club player suffers a dental injury, it’s a team of USC dentists called to get him back on the pitch. BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Two minutes of stoppage time remain in the match, and the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) trails one goal to their SoCal rivals, the Los […]

2019 Dental Explorers Program & Application

The one-week USC Dental Explorers Program (DEP) offers an exciting learning opportunity for exceptionally motivated undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. The goal of this program is to assist in the development of a diverse pool of future professionals by introducing talented students, especially those from historically underrepresented, low socioeconomic and/or disadvantaged backgrounds to the dental profession. Priority consideration is […]


Fall 2018 Issue Click here for an interactive magazine experience View “Two Paths. One Degree” PDF

USC dental student discovers talent in pop violin

BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 Scroll through his Instagram feed (@ivanleemusic), and you’ll find Ivan Lee, violin and bow in hand, putting his spin on some of pop music’s greatest hits from the past few years. There’s Calvin Harris’ “This is What You Came For,” Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and The […]

5 Things: Eddie Sheh

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: 1 As a USC dental student, Sheh immediately […]

Ostrow faculty member finds mind-body discipline through Wing Chun martial arts

While some might know this Ostrow faculty member is accomplished in parkour, few know that he’s also trained in one of the toughest forms of martial arts. BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 You don’t want to mess with Parish Sedghizadeh DDS ’01. Thanks to his training in Wing Chun kung fu, he can land 10 […]

USC physical therapist helps dental students practice mindful ergonomics

An innovative collaboration between USC’s physical therapy and dentistry programs leads to work with less pain. BY KATHARINE GAMMON Minalie Jain DDS ’21 had experienced pain before, but when she started to work in the dental school’s simulation (“sim”) lab, the shooting pain in her arm caught her attention. The sim lab involves a lot […]