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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


Doodle it for the ’Gram

Throughout her adolescence, Viviana Han DDS ’21 felt like she never fit in. Born from Korean parents but living her entire life in Argentina, she regularly found herself the object of ridicule. “I was bullied by my classmates, got picked last in school and almost never got invited to my classmates’ birthday parties,” Han says. […]

Paid in Full

She paid off her student debt in a little more than four years. Now, Sahar Hamedani MPH ’08, DDS ’13, PEDO ’15 shares with our readers the way she was able to do it.  In 2013, I received my DDS degree from Ostrow. Two years later, I finished my residency, becoming a pediatric dentist and […]

Secret Lives: Mark Whalen ’77

Mark Whalen ’77: Marching Band Member It’s an annual tradition that Mark Whalen has kept for more than 40 years.  Every fall, the adjunct instructor of clinical dentistry suits up in his best cardinal and gold, polishes and oils his clarinet and joins the USC Trojan Marching Band on the football field to relive the […]

DH 2.0

Ostrow transforms its dental hygiene program with a number of changes meant to better prepare graduates for an ever-evolving world. BY MICHELLE McCARTHY Starting with the fall 2019 semester, USC’s dental hygiene program underwent a number of noteworthy changes.  First off, the class size is smaller, with 20 students comprising the Class of 2021.  “We’re […]

A Moment of Joy

Three Ostrow faculty members have been awarded grants to pay off their student debt, so they can continue to inspire generations of dental students to give back to underserved communities. BY MICHELLE McCARTHY On a recent evening in the home of Alexander Alcaraz PEDO ’07, there was a sudden eruption of emotion. His two daughters, […]

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 […]