Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Faculty & Residents

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Urata portrait

 

Mark Urata, DDS, MD, FACS, FAAP
Audrey Skirball Kenis Endowed Chair
Chair, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Division Head, Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

 

Dr. Mark Urata is uniquely qualified with board certifications in oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as plastic surgery. He holds faculty appointments at both the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

 

Dr. Urata has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has been voted among the nation’s top surgeons, according to multiple sources, including the U.S. News & World Report, Best Doctors and America’s Best Plastic Surgeons.

 

He maintains NIH-funded research within the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology related to defining TGF Beta signaling in palatogenesis. He is also interested in computerized planning of Le Fort III and orthognathic surgery and outcomes studies on cleft lip and palate.

 

Training/Education

 

Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship, University of California – Los Angeles
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
General Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Medicine, University of Southern California
Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Southern California

 

Teaching/Clinical Interests

 

Complex craniofacial anomalies, craniosynostosis, syndromic reconstruction and jaw deformities (including Apert, Crouzon and Treacher-Collins syndromes)

Nam Cho portrait

 

Nam Cho, DDS, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry
Program Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

 

Dr. Nam Cho is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and is the program director for the residency training program in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

 

He is actively involved in educating residents in the clinic and operating room settings. Dr. Cho completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California – Los Angeles with a bachelor of science in microbiology. He went on to complete dental school, medical school, a general surgery internship and a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Southern California.

 

His primary interests include dentoalveolar and implant surgery, orthognathic surgery, general anesthesia and facial trauma surgery.

 

Dr. Cho enjoys spending his free time with his wife and young sons. He enjoys golf, fishing and cheering for local sports teams.


Education/Training

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Doctor of Dental Surgery, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, University of California – Los Angeles

John Costandi portrait

 

John Costandi DMD, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. John Costandi is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

 

After he completed his surgical training, he joined Weill Cornell Medical College as an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After spending a year at Weill Cornell, he relocated with his family to sunny California.

 

He spent his first year in private practice but eventually decided to join the oral and maxillofacial team at USC to resume what he enjoys most — working with residents!

 

In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants and watching sports. However, his happiest moments are when he is with his wife, son and newborn daughter!

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital
Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University
Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, Boston University
Bachelor of Science, Cairo University

 

Teaching/Clinical Interests

 

Maxillofacial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, dental implants and hard/soft tissue augmentation

 

Awards

 

Resident of the Month, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2016
Member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society, 2012


Jeffrey Hammoudeh portrait

 

Jeffrey Hammoudeh, DDS, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. Hammoudeh is one of an elite and small group of surgeons in the United States who is board-certified in oral maxillofacial surgery as well as plastic surgery with additional craniofacial fellowship training.

 

He is director of the Jaw Deformities Care Program within the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In addition to his leadership positions at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Hammoudeh is a recognized leader in pediatric plastic surgery and has active research in neonatal cleft lip repair, neonatal distraction and craniofacial reconstruction of the jaws.

 

He is the primary investigator and the lead author and surgeon in neonatal cleft lip repair where children born with cleft lip and palates are currently able to undergo their cleft lip repair as early as two weeks of life.

 

He has co-authored many book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles and has lectured nationally as well as internationally. He is a recognized leader in the field and provides cutting-edge care to children in Los Angeles.

 

Training/Education

 

Craniofacial Fellowship, University of Southern California
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard
Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University
Doctor of Dental Surgery, Northwestern University
Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University

 

Teaching/Clinical Interests

 

Craniofacial surgery, orthognathic surgery and craniofacial tumor resection


Natalie Tung portrait

 

Natalie Tung, MD, DDS, MBA
Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry
Director of Pre-Doctoral OMFS

 

Dr. Natalie Tung is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Upon completing her training, she became a full-time faculty and clinic director at USC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, where she continues to teach and train the next generation of doctors and surgeons. She has been nominated for the past 6 years for the USC Faculty Mentoring Award.

 

Her dedication to learning and leadership led her to the additional completion of an executive MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business. She is currently finishing her doctorate in organizational change and leadership, focusing her dissertation on the underrepresentation of women of color in surgery.

 

She recently founded the Athena Mentoring Group to empower female students and residents. Her philosophy of care is always surgical excellence with a compassionate touch.

 

In her free time, she enjoys reading, volunteering, playing tennis and basketball, traveling and spending time with her husband and sons, Matthew and John.

 

Education/Training

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard
Doctor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of California – Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science, University of California – Berkeley

 

Teaching/Clinical Interests

 

Dentoalveolar surgery, implants, BRONJ, leadership and mentorship


Felix Yip portrait

 

Kyle Yip, MS, DDS, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

 

Dr. Yip is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a lifelong native of Southern California.

 

He has completed an extensive education at the University of California – Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. Dr. Yip completed his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at USC with extensive exposure to maxillofacial trauma, pathology, reconstruction, orthognathic (corrective) jaw surgery, dentoalveolar surgery and dental implants.

 

He is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

 

Education/Training

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of California – Los Angeles
Master of Science, University of California – Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science, University of California – Los Angeles


Teaching/Clinical interests

 

Virtual surgery, guided surgery, reconstruction, trauma and nerve repair

Thomas Gail Auyong portrait

 

Thomas Gail Auyong, DDS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. Auyong was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but was raised in the Los Angeles area. His family has a long legacy of dentists (maternal grandfather, father, son and two uncles).

 

His education and training were encompassed in the Southern California area except for his time in the San Francisco Bay Area while at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

 

His private practice is a community-based oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. His particular area of interest is outpatient general anesthesia. Outpatient general anesthesia is foundational for the practice of community-based oral and maxillofacial surgery, and the safe delivery of this service is iconic to oral and maxillofacial surgery. Outpatient general anesthesia allows the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide the variety of services in an office setting.

 

It has been his mission to try to get a level of competence and confidence in residents so that they are able to handle any anesthetic situation that might arise in an outpatient setting.

 

In his spare time, he enjoys learning to play the guitar and taking care of his three dogs.

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
General Practice Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of the Pacific
Master of Science, Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts, Zoology, University of California – Los Angeles

 

Teaching/Clinical Interests

 

Outpatient general anesthesia, community-based oral and maxillofacial surgery

 

Awards/Honors

 

40 Years of Outstanding Service – Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2019
30 Years of Outstanding Service – Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2009
25 Years of Outstanding Service – Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2006
16 Years of Part Time Faculty Service to Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 1997
Five-Year Teaching Award from Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 1993


 

Audry Boros, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Adjunct Faculty – Department of Pathology

 

Dr. Boros practices all facets of general, cosmetic and biomimetic dentistry. She has additional training in the detection, diagnosis and management of oral disease. This makes her uniquely qualified to ensure her patients get comprehensive oral care from both a dental perspective and an overall oral health perspective.

 

Dr. Boros graduated magna cum laude from USC and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honors Dental Society. She completed her residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology at New York Presbyterian.

 

She is an assistant professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pathology at LAC+USC Medical Center. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Immediate Past President of the Southern California Academy of Oral Pathology.

 

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Audrey Boros enjoys spending time with her family and maintains an active lifestyle, which incorporates exercise and travel.

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital – Queens
Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Southern California


Simon Choyee portrait

 

Simon K. Choyee, DDS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. Choyee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea until his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Culver City. He attended Culver City High School and went on to UCLA, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Asian Humanities.

 

He then began at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC for his doctor of dental surgery degree. Dr. Choyee continued his training at USC for residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at LAC+USC Medical Center. He volunteers and works closely with oral and maxillofacial surgery residents and dental students as a part-time faculty member.

 

Dr. Choyee and his wife Jackie got married in Iceland and now live in Whittier, Calif. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching/playing soccer and traveling with Jackie.

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts, University of California – Los Angeles


David Cummings portrait

 

David Cummings, DDS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. David Cummings earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California – San Diego and completed his dental degree and residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at LAC+USC Medical Center. The following year, he completed a fellowship in reconstructive jaw surgery in Santa Barbara, California.

 

He is a current Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) and served as a board examiner for ABOMS for seven years.

 

He is part of a group private practice that maintains a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has served on many committees for oral surgery, local dental societies and at his local hospital. He enjoys teaching.

 

Training/Education

 

Reconstructive Jaw Surgery Fellowship, Cottage Hospital
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Dental Surgery, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Bachelor of Science, University of California – San Diego

 

Awards/Honors

 

Outstanding Part Time Faculty Award, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2016
Outstanding Part Time Faculty Award, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2002


Peter Krakowiak portrait

 

Peter Krakowiak, DMD, FRCD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. Peter Krakowiak completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He also received post graduate training at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where he also served as a dental school faculty.

 

Currently, Dr. Krakowiak holds the rank of an adjunct assistant professor of clinical dentistry and teaches in the Division of Surgical Therapeutics and Bioengineering Sciences at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and the LAC+USC Level I Trauma Center.

 

His clinical and research interest include facial regenerative, dental implant therapy and computerized surgical imaging and planning.


Bach Le portrait

 

Bach Le, DDS, MD, FICD, FACD
Clinical Associate Professor

 

Dr. Bach Le completed his specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University.

 

He is currently clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, where he has been an active faculty member since 2000.

 

Dr. Le has lectured internationally on bone regeneration and dental implant-related surgery and has taught on six continents around the world. He has published extensively in scientific texts and professional peer-reviewed journals. His primary focus has been in the area of hard and soft tissue regeneration for improving esthetic outcomes. He has been a main podium speaker at numerous national organizations.

 

Dr. Le is a Diplomate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiologist and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

 

Dr. Le holds Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Oregon Health Sciences University
General Surgery Residency, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Doctor of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University Medical School
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship, Oregon Health Sciences University
Doctor of Dental Surgery, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Bachelor of Science, University of California – Irvine

 

Awards/Honors

 

Honorary Membership Recognition, American College of Prosthodontists, 2014
Fellow, American College of Dentists, 2011
Charles English Award for “Most Significant Publication” in the journal Implant Dentistry, 2008
Fellow, International College of Dentists, 2002
Pierre Fauchard Award, 1994
Charles O’Grady Award for Excellence in Oral Pathology, 1994
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Award, 1994
California Dental Association Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 1992


John Lytle portrait

 

John L. Lytle, DDS, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. Lytle is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with degrees in medicine and dentistry.

 

As one of the most highly skilled implant surgeons in Southern California, he has focused much of his practice on implant reconstruction and offers patients missing all of their teeth numerous treatment options.

 

Dr. Lytle collaborates with his referral colleagues to restore patients’ smiles with optimal functional and aesthetic results.

 

Over the past two decades, Dr. Lytle has also been mentoring and instructing dental students and oral surgery residents at the University of Southern California. He teaches anesthesia and medicine, including live surgery, to the residents in the oral and maxillofacial surgery program.

 

Dr. Lytle has also served as the director of undergraduate oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Southern California. In addition, he is an instructor for residents through the Osseointegration Foundation, and recently completed a program for residents from Howard University in Washington, DC.

 

Dr. Lytle has contributed to the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in numerous ways, including serving as a former board examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where his area of focus was anesthesia.

 

He has also held several leadership positions, such as the board of directors, Past President of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a California Delegate to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Doctor of Dental Surgery, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


McAndrews portrait

 

James P. McAndrews, DDS, FACS, FICD, FACD
Clinical Assistant Professor

 

Dr. McAndrews is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

 

He is a part-time clinical assistant professor and maintains a private practice.

 

Dr. McAndrews received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He received his dental degree and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training at the University of Southern California.

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship, University of Southern California
General Practice Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

 

Teaching/Clinical Interests

 

Trauma/dentoalveolar/orthognathic surgery

 

Honors/Awards

 

30 Years of Outstanding Service, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2021
25 Years of Outstanding Service, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2016
20 Years of Outstanding Service, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2011
Young & Healthy of Pasadena Professional Volunteer Award, 2008
Outstanding Service as a Part-Time Faculty Member, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, 2002


 

David R. Telles, DDS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. Telles grew up in Los Angeles until the age of 6 when he moved with his family to Huntington Beach, Calif.

 

After completing his surgical training, Dr. Telles worked one year as an associate in Sacramento with a large multi-office group called Sacramento Oral Surgery.

 

Afterwards, Dr. Telles decided to return to Southern California to be near his family.

 

In addition to private practice, Dr. Telles is dedicated to education and currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor of clinical dentistry at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

 

Dr. Telles holds the true value of patient care as an essential quality that all surgeons should understand and practice. It is his goal to provide caring, comfortable and compassionate surgery to all of his patients.

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, New York University/Woodhull Medical Center
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship, University of Illinois at Chicago
General Practice Residency, University of California – Los Angeles/Harbor Medical Center
Doctor of Dental Surgery, New York University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern California


Stephen Yen portrait

 

Stephen Yen, DMD, PhD
Associate Professor (Clinical Scholar) of Dentistry

 

Training/Education

 

Orthodontics Residency, University of Southern California
Doctor of Philosophy, Craniofacial Biology, University of Southern California
Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Bachelor of Science, Harvard College

 

Awards/Honors

 

Visiting Faculty, National University of Singapore, 2012
Keynote Speaker, Brazilian Orthodontic Association, guest interview, Orthodontic Press J., 2011
Keynote speaker, Angle Society of Southern California, 2009
Guest Faculty, International Congress of Cleft Lip and Palate, San Francisco, Calif., 2009
American Board of Orthodontics, Cum Laude in Research, HarvardvSchool of Dental Medicine, Cum Laude, Harvard College, 2005
Written examination passed, American Board of Orthodontics, 1993
Harvard Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 1977


Au Yeung portrait

 

Cynthia Au Yeung, DDS MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry

 

Dr. Cynthia Au Yeung is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who completed her oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at USC in 2013. She graduated from UCLA School of Dentistry in 2005 then completed a general practice residency at the UCLA Medical Center in 2006. She then pursued an oral and maxillofacial surgery internship at USC in 2007.

 

She graduated from the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2010 and completed her internship in general surgery in 2011. She has been a part-time faculty at LAC+USC oral and maxillofacial surgery program since 2013.

 

Training/Education

 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, University of Southern California
General Surgery Residency, LAC+USC Medical Center
Doctor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship, University of Southern California
General Practice Residency, University of California – Los Angeles
Doctor of Dental Surgery, UCLA School of Dentistry
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Preceptorship, University of California – Los Angeles
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship, Prince Philip Dental Hospital, Hong Kong
Bachelor of Science in Dental Surgery, University of Hong Kong

 

Teaching/Clinical interests

 

Dentoalveolar surgery and trauma

Year 6 Residents

 

head and shoulders portrait of Kimiko Agari

 


Kimiko Agari DDS, MD

Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
Undergrad: Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of the Pacific, 2012
Dental school: University of California, San Francisco, DDS, 2016
Medical school: Keck School of Medicine of USC, MD, 2019
Professional Interests: Mentorship for dental students and women in oral and maxillofacial surgery; research projects in dental implants, craniofacial and pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery; and student mentorship in oral and maxillofacial surgery
Hobbies: Traveling, baking, hiking, dance, yoga, going to the beach, karaoke and tennis
Why I chose LAC+USC: I chose USC for the breadth of experience, the mentorship provided by faculty and residents and the collaborative environment of the program.
Interesting fact about me: I have a sister in my residency program … and I’m not the twin.

 

 

head and shoulders portrait of Kyle Shiffler

 

Kyle Shiffler DDS, MD

 

Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Undergrad: Portland Community College, AS, 2008
Brigham Young University, B.S. in Neuroscience 2012
Dental school: University of California, Los Angeles, DDS, 2016
Medical school: Keck School of Medicine of USC, MD, 2019
Clinical interests: Orthognathic surgery, reconstruction and anesthesia
Hobbies: Going to the beach with my family and weightlifting
Why I chose LAC+USC: Excellent training in traditional scope oral and maxillofacial surgery (Dentoalveolar, implants, sedations, trauma, orthognathic and reconstruction). We also probably log the highest number and most complex cases of cleft and craniofacial in the country.
Interesting fact about me: I’m about as interesting as plain white bread.


 

Year 5 Residents

head and shoulders portrait of Jimmy Tung

 

Jimmy-Tung Nguyen DDS, MD

 

Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Undergrad: UC Berkeley; BS in bioengineering
Dental school: University of California, Los Angeles School, DDS
Medical school: Keck School of Medicine of USC, MD
Clinical interests: Implants, bone grafting and exodontia
Hobbies: Rock climbing, guitar, hip-hop dance and PC gaming

 

 

head and shoulders portrait of Stephen Kelson

 

Stephen Kelson DDS, MD

 

Hometown: Olympia, Wash.
Undergrad: Brigham Young University, BS Exercise Science, 2013
Dental school: UCLA Dental School, DDS
Medical school: Keck School of Medicine of USC, MD
Professional interests: Private practice, oral and maxillofacial surgery
Hobbies: Camping, travel and board games
Why I chose LAC+USC: Great surgical experience in craniofacial surgery, trauma, orthognathic and dentoalveolar. Great location, and I really liked the residents and attendings
Interesting fact about me: I had Bell’s Palsy as a teenager.

 


Year 4 Residents

head and shoulders portrait of Kristi Agari

 

Kristi Agari DMD, MD

 

Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
Undergrad: University of the Pacific, BS, 2011
Dental school: University of Nevada School of Dental Medicine, DMD, 2014
Medical school: Keck School of Medicine of USC, MD, 2021
Professional interests: Research in secondary alveolar bone grafting, mentorship of undergraduate and dental students with Passing the Scalpel and Sisters in OMFS
Hobbies: Baking, cooking, sewing and gardening
Why I chose LAC+USC: USC was always a program I was interested in as my sister was already a resident in the program. It is located in my home state and has a great reputation. I came to realize it had to be my top choice due to its camaraderie among the residents, autonomy with surgery and teaching and brilliant attendings. As a current resident, I continue to find all of this true and feel privileged everyday to be a part of this program.
Interesting fact about me: I am a twin.

 

 

head and shoulders portrait of Weston Grimes

 

Weston Grimes DDS, MD

 

Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
Undergrad: Northwestern University, BA, 2013
Dental school: Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, DDS, 2018
Medical school: Keck School of Medicine of USC, MD, 2021
Professional interests: Dental implants and orthognathic surgery
Hobbies: Basketball, hiking, baking and historical fiction
Why I chose LAC+USC: I chose USC because of the wonderful culture, volume of cases and diverse patient population from multiple Los Angeles hospitals.
Interesting fact about me: I majored in American history in college.

 


Year 3 Residents

head and shoulders portrait of Urie Lee

 

Urie Lee DDS
 

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Dental school: Loma Linda, DDS, 2016
Professional interests: Gender affirmation
Why I chose LAC+USC: Location and resident camaraderie were a big reason I wanted to match here. Our attendings are very supportive. We’re a big family and look out for each other.
Interesting fact about me: I was named after Doctor Zhivago.

 

 

 

head and shoulders portrait of Richard Foote

 

Richard Foote DMD

 

Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Undergrad: Brigham Young University, BS, 2014.
Dental school: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, DMD, 2019
Professional interests: Dentoalveolar, craniofacial surgery
Hobbies: I love exploring LA’s beaches, parks, hiking trails and museums with my family. I also enjoy cycling and playing golf.
Why I chose LAC+USC: I wanted to come to a place with extensive and well-balanced training. I think we have an awesome group of residents and faculty, which is something that really stood out to me when I interviewed here. It also doesn’t hurt to be in Southern California.
Interesting fact about me: My wife Annie and I have been married for almost eight years, and we have three children, Danny, 5; Lucy, 2; and Calvin, 4 months.

 


Year 2 Resident

head and shoulders portrait of Armen Agahi

 

Armen Agahi DDS

 

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Undergrad: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Arizona State University, 2015
Dental school: Doctor of Dental Surgery, UCLA School of Dentistry, 2020
Professional interests: Dentoalveolar, implant and trauma Surgery
Hobbies: Soccer, surfing and golf
Why I chose LAC+USC: The amazing camaraderie between the residents and attendings, as well as the broad scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures that we see here at LAC+USC.
Interesting fact about me: I’m a four-time intramural soccer champion at UCLA.

 


Year 1 Resident

head and shoulders portrait of Simon Youn

 

Simon Youn DDS

 

Hometown: Fullerton, Calif.
Undergrad: University of California, Irvine, BS, 2016
Dental school: University of Southern California, DDS, 2021
Professional interests: Research, Passing the Scalpel and Korean American Dental Association
Hobbies: Basketball, tennis, manga/anime and exploring new boba shops
Why I chose LAC+USC: First of all, the breadth and depth of training USC provides to its residents is second to none. As a dental school graduate from USC, I’ve seen the high quality of residents and attendings the program possesses. In the end, I had no doubt that USC would provide the best training and environment for me as an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident.
Interesting fact about me: Although I haven’t trained since college, I am a third-degree black belt in Tae kwon do with about 10 years of training experience.

Year 4 Resident

 
head and shoulders portrait of Armen Pezeshkian

 

Armen Joseph Pezeshkian DDS

 

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.
Undergrad: UC Irvine, Psychology, 2013
Dental school: Howard University, DDS, 2017
Internship: LAC+USC Medical Center, 2017-2018
Professional interests: Establish broad-scope practice in Los Angeles
Hobbies: Playing and writing music, cooking, building and racing cars, skiing and traveling.
Why I chose LAC+USC: LAC+USC is a well-rounded program with steady trauma flow, which provides exceptional experience for residents to operate and manage various types of trauma. Our craniofacial experience at Children’s Hospital is a unique component of this program, which I find to be an incredible experience for oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. Family like dynamic between co-residents.

 


Year 3 Resident

 

head and shoulders portrait of Karambir Banwait

 

Karambir Banwait DMD

 

Hometown: Abbotsford, British Columbia
Undergrad: University of British Columbia, BSc, 2015
Dental school: University of British Columbia, DMD, 2019
Clinical interests: Trauma and reconstructive surgeries
Hobbies: Sports – basketball and football. Enjoy watching hockey
Why I chose LAC+USC: Program with full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery. Resident experience. Resident culture
Interesting fact about me: I grew up on a farm.

 


Year 2 Resident

 
head and shoulders portrait of Nicholas Nikchevich

 

Nicholas Nikchevich DDS

 

Hometown: Westlake Village, Calif.
Undergrad: University of Southern California, BA Biology, 2016
Dental school: Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, DDS, 2020
Clinical interests: Robotically guided surgery
Hobbies: Fishing, camping, cooking
Why I chose LAC+USC: Surgery is a field that requires life-long learning and improvement. I chose USC because I believe the comprehensive surgical experience of our program has components of trauma, craniofacial surgery and dentoalveolar experience that provides a broad and balanced training that I can use as a base of knowledge to grow as a surgeon in the future.
Interesting fact about me: I am a third-generation USC oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

 


Year 1 Resident

 
head and shoulders portrait of Kalvyn Ngo

 

Kalvyn Ngo DDS

 

Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Undergrad: Westmont College, BS Biochemistry, 2017
Dental school: Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, DDS, 2021
Internship: Craniofacial and trauma research
Hobbies: Triathlon, video games, art and spikeball
Why I chose LAC+USC: USC is the busiest trauma center in the region so we are able to see a high volume and a wide variety of cases. Also the attendings, residents and staff are the friendliest and the best to work with!
Interesting fact about me: I was on the sailing team in college!

head and shoulders portrait of Arushi Atluri

Arushi Atluri DDS


 

Hometown: Fremont, Calif.
Undergrad: University of California, San Diego, BS, 2017
Dental school: Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, DDS, 2021
Clinical interests: Dentoalveolar surgery, orthognathic surgery and pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery
Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, baking, painting and finding good tacos
Why I chose LAC+USC: Friendly and knowledgeable attendings, and a culture that emphasizes both quality education and good camaraderie!
Interesting fact about me: I’ve traveled to more than 30 countries.