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This past Saturday, the family members and relatives of Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni held a memorial mass in his honor at the St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City. I had the opportunity to attend and it was wonderful to see the family and many of our graduates and friends. A recording of the service is available

Also last Saturday, the CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry conference concluded at the Moscone Center. Approximately 3,500 people attended in person with another 1,000 attending online. It made history for the city, given that it was the first major conference held in San Francisco since last year’s closure of the conference facility in March.

While the event was much smaller than in previous years, our school’s commitment to CDA and to the success of the event was as strong as ever. Thank you again to those who participated as speakers, helped staff the school booth, gave tours of the school, or connected with alumni during the Class of 2001 outdoor gathering at the InterContinental. We even had three volunteers from the school available at the event to provide rapid COVID-19 tests and vaccines as well upon request.

On a related note, congratulations to our student Dan Wang, DDS ’22, for being selected as the CDA September Student Spotlight. Read her perspectives about life in and out of dental school

American Dental Assistants Association - Dental Assistant Recognition Week

Dear Dugoni School Family,

This week offers us a timely opportunity to thank and recognize our many dental assistants during “Dental Assistant Recognition Week,” being celebrated nationally March 3-9, 2019. Feel free to visit the American Dental Assistants Association website to learn more.

This year’s theme is “Today’s Dental Assistants — Polished, Poised and Professional.” Those descriptions certainly reflect the quality of the dental assistants who work with us at the Dugoni School. Our clinics would not be as successful without their unique skills and keen attention to patient care.

We are glad our dental assistants are part of the Dugoni School family. They play an important role as we strive to fulfill our school’s purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

Thanks to all of the alumni and guests who joined us in San Francisco for the 117th Annual Alumni Meeting! We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with classmates and learn some lessons that will help you go from “Good to Great” in your practice. What a wonderful and warm gathering of the Dugoni School family. Special thanks to our Alumni Association board members, staff and volunteers who really shined in putting together the event, held for the first time at the InterContinental Hotel. The team is already working hard on the program for next year, so we hope you will put March 3-4, 2017 in your calendar.

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Dugoni and Drs. Gabby and Gary Thodas who were honored with the association’s highest honor, the Medallion of Distinction, at the recognition luncheon. We also are extremely thankful to the reunion class members who contributed so generously to their class gifts, and to everyone who was able to join us for the Legacy Ball, our signature event to celebrate our core value of philanthropy. Special thanks to our Foundation board members and Development team for hosting this wonderful night.

As I mentioned in my luncheon remarks, it is an exciting time to serve as interim dean as we look for ways to refocus on our future. We are relentlessly focused on excellence in our programs. We are investing in people, our most valuable asset. We are also committed to addressing the challenge of the rising cost of higher education by supporting our students and programs through philanthropy. These are ambitious goals, but together the Dugoni School family will accomplish them and build an even brighter future.

In other celebrations among soon-to-be alumni, our DDS and IDS graduating classes recently enjoyed their retreat to the Asilomar conference center. In just two years, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of the first Asilomar weekend. Since 1968, this well-loved tradition has given our graduating students the opportunity to gather as a class one last time.

These two events exemplify the strong bonds that the Dugoni School creates among students and alumni. Thank you for staying involved in your dental school family. You were a dental student once, but you are an alumnus of your school for life. We look forward to seeing you at future events and staying in touch in other ways.




Over the last couple of weeks we had the opportunity to host many alumni and their families, leaders from organized dentistry, and special guests from around the world. Thank you for showing hospitality and the Dugoni School of Dentistry spirit of humanism during these visits.

The California Dental Association’s San Francisco conference was a big success, bringing thousands of dental professionals to our corner of the city. It was impressive to see that nearly 15 of our faculty members shared their expertise as speakers and many demonstrated one of our core values of leadership. Faculty members also led four workshops held in our school’s Anatomy Lab over the three days of C.E. programming.

During CDA, I hosted the deans of the California dental schools and the CDA leadership for a meeting at our school. We had a good discussion about the portfolio exam pathway to licensure, the Denti-Cal reimbursements rates and coverage for patients of dental schools, and other topics that affect us all as dental educators.

Alumni reception

Our alumni reception on Friday, August 21 was a well-attended event, with hundreds of alumni and their family members stopping by the school. Thank you to our Alumni Association board members, staff, volunteers, and our development team who made the event a success. It brought the school family together, reinforced connections among our alumni, and created some new connections. I would also like to thank U.S. Bank for sponsoring the reception. You can view photos of the reception online at

Our new facility continues to be a showcase for visitors, including international dental students and educators. Eight students from Peking University School of Stomatology are with us through September 2. Thank you to all who are making them feel welcome as they learn about our school and American dental education. We also recently hosted representatives from BYBO Dental Group, China’s largest group dental practice organization. All of these visitors are impressed with our people, programs, and new campus, and it is always fun to introduce them to students, faculty, and staff.

Peking students

Thank you for everything you do each day to showcase our values and welcome our visitors.