Avishai Sadan has been named dean of the USC School of Dentistry, effective Aug. 1. The appointment was announced on behalf of USC President Steven B. Sample by Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias.
Sadan also will hold the G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Dean’s Chair in Dentistry. He will join USC from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, where he serves as associate dean of clinical affairs and professor and chairman of the department of comprehensive care.
“We are delighted to have professor Avishai Sadan join USC,” Nikias said. “He has distinguished himself at Case Western as a successful administrator and inspiring leader, and we look forward to his service at the USC School of Dentistry as the school continues its mission of educating the finest clinicians, advancing research and enhancing public health.”
Sadan brings strong experience in clinical practice and research to USC. At Case Western, he merged the former departments of restorative dentistry and general dentistry, restructured all preclinical courses to align with contemporary restorative approaches, reorganized all clinical procedures and streamlined all preclinical and clinical operations.
Sadan is the former editor in chief of Quintessence International and of Quintessence of Dental Technology. He has served on the editorial boards of other journals and has published and lectured nationally and internationally on biomaterials, fixed prosthodontics, and esthetic and implant dentistry.
“With the great privilege of joining one of the world’s finest schools comes the huge responsibility of maintaining its high level of excellence,” Sadan said. “In a highly competitive environment, the school will continue to reinvent itself using its biggest assets: its outstanding students, world-renowned faculty and the most committed and proud core of alumni any school has. We will continue to attract the best candidates, graduate the finest clinicians, generate exciting scientific discoveries and be a resource for the betterment of our community through our strong community outreach.”
Sadan received his B.Sc. and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from Hebrew University’s Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, where he also completed an internship in maxillofacial prosthodontics and oral medicine. He received his training in prosthodontics from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and also has completed a fellowship at LSU in prosthodontics, emphasizing esthetic and implant dentistry.
Sadan is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Prosthodontists, the Academy of Osseointegration, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
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