I would like to welcome you to our website – a glimpse into why the UCLA School of Dentistry is such a special place – a place of learning, innovation, and transformation.
We recently took a hard look at who we were, the principles that guided us, and how we saw ourselves moving into a new decade. Following this self-reflection, we established a set of core values and an aspirational vision for a dental school of the future: to lead and transform how dentistry is taught and practiced.
We know that achieving this vision, while continuing our mission of improving the oral and systemic health of California, the nation, and the world through education, research, patient care, and public service, requires hard work, innovation, and even more hard work.
Fortunately, we are up to the task, as ultimately, we have a responsibility to our current and future students and trainees, to our patients, to our faculty who have built their careers here, to our dedicated staff who work hard to keep our operations moving, and to our local community and beyond.
Healthcare is changing and in-turn dentistry is changing. We want to develop future academic and community leaders who have the confidence, capabilities, and ethical decision-making skills to improve the oral and general health of our communities now and into the future.
For those of you visiting our website as a potential student, a potential patient, or for another reason, know that UCLA is like no other place in the world. The UCLA School of Dentistry is stronger for being part of this campus, and this campus is stronger due to our presence.
Paul H. Krebsbach, DDS, PhD
Dean and Professor