Cho, Roges appointed to endowed professorships


John Hobbs MA '14


28 Oct 15

Above: Drs. George Cho and Rafael Roges

Drs. George Cho and Rafael Roges have been recently appointed to endowed professorships, one of the highest awards a university can bestow on a faculty member.

In an email sent to the Ostrow community, Dean Avishai Sadan announced that Cho will take the Phillip Maurer Tennis Professorship in Clinical Dentistry and Roges, the Wayne G. and Margaret L. Bemis Endowed Professorship in Endodontics.

“I’m really thrilled to see George and Rafael step into these professorships,” said Sadan, the G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Professor of Dentistry. “Both are outstanding faculty members who have a lot of experience and expertise to share with the future dental professionals coming out of Ostrow.”

Associate professor George Cho currently serves as director of predoctoral implant dentistry and assistant director of the advanced dental education program in prosthodontics. He has been a faculty member at Ostrow since 1987.

Assistant professor of clinical dentistry Rafael Roges is the director of the advanced educational program in endodontics. He has been an Ostrow faculty member since 1991.

The Phillip Maurer Tennis Professorship was previously held by Richard Kahn DDS ’64, who retired last year. The professorship was established in honor of Dr. Phillip J. Tennis DDS ’32, who passed away in 2002.

The Wayne G. and Margaret L. Bemis Professorship in Endodontics was established in 2002. Dr. Wayne G. Bemis graduated from USC dental school in 1963 and is still active in the Trojan dental alumni community. The endowed professorship was formerly held by Dr. James Simon, who passed away in 2013.

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