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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


The CAD/CAM Champion

Jenny Son DDS ’10, PROS ’14 BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Jenny Son always thought about teaching, but it was during one course in particular — anterior and posterior fixed prosthodontics — that she decided to make it a career goal.  “I was impressed by the knowledge and skills of the faculty, and the transference […]

The Consummate Educator

Nissim Benbassat ’03, PROS ’12 BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 In a sense, Nissim Benbassat joined the “family business” the day he became an Ostrow faculty member.  His father, Maxim Nissim Benbassat, has been a USC faculty member for more than 20 years, teaching anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. It was […]

The Geriatric Care Advocate

Lisa Hou ’08, DDS ’12, MS ’17  BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 “I love geriatric dentistry, and there really is a growing need for this [service],” Lisa Hou says.  As the director of USC’s Mobile Dental Clinic at Hollenbeck Palms, a nonprofit retirement community, Hou provides specialized care for elderly patients and prepares the next […]

The Back-to-Basics Oral Surgeon

Kyle Yip MD ’13, OMFS ’16 BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry Kyle Yip wants Ostrow’s oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) residents to graduate feeling like their educations are incomplete. “I want to prepare them for a career of lifelong learning,” Yip clarifies. “Ostrow trains really great clinicians, but I think […]

The ASPID-DDS Curriculum Uniter

Cheryl Park ’07, DDS ’13, PROS ’16 BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Cheryl Park came to Ostrow to become a prosthodontist. By the time she graduated, she had a slightly different vision for her future.  Citing a handful of influential faculty members (Winston Chee PROS ’86; George Cho DDS ’87, PROS ’90; and Tae Kim […]

The Drill-Less Dreamer

Jin-Ho Phark BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14 Jin-Ho Phark dreams of a day when dentists use their drills a lot less often.  The assistant professor of clinical dentistry aims to change the way future generations of dental professionals think of caries from a condition to be repaired after a cavity has formed to something to […]

The Confidence Builder

Gelareh Ronaghi PROS ’14 BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Gelareh Ronaghi took a career in academia to give back to future dental professionals the way her instructors had once done for her.   “I believe teaching is a way of making the world a better place, and I wanted to be a part of that,” […]