Hayashi Earns Prestigious Dugoni Faculty Award

Dr. Richard Graham and Dr. Marc Hayashi
Dr. Marc Hayashi accepts the 2023 Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award from CDA Foundation Board of Directors Dr. Richard Graham. (photo by Marissa Allen)
November 15, 2023

Marc Hayashi, D.M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.D, F.I.C.D., a health sciences associate clinical professor in the UCLA School of Dentistry, has been selected by the California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation Board of Directors as its 2023 recipient of the Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award.

Dr. Hayashi, vice chair of the School’s Section of Restorative Dentistry and holder of the Alumni and Friends Presidential Endowed Chair, received this prestigious honor on Friday, Nov. 17, during the CDA House of Delegates meeting in Sacramento. He is the third UCLA School of Dentistry recipient of the Dugoni Faculty Award, following Dr. Ron Mito (2016) and Dr. Earl Freymiller (2013).

The Dugoni Faculty Award acknowledges and supports educators affiliated with the state’s seven dental schools for their exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit, and integrity in dental education. It has been presented 13 times since 2006 in honor of the late Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, an esteemed dental educator and past president of the American Dental Association, American Association of Dental Schools, and American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Hayashi’s award includes a $1,500 grant to help support his personal development in exploring new ways to engage and communicate with students.

“Even though you will not see or hear this, I just want to thank you, Dr. Dugoni, for the impact you've had on me,” said Dr. Hayashi. “Our conversations in San Francisco, at the House of Delegates, and organized dentistry events, always left me speechless and inspired. I can't begin to thank you enough for the impact you had on me and those that I have taught and worked with."

Joining the School of Dentistry faculty in 2012, Dr. Hayashi’s teaching focus is on clinical restorative dentistry – including direct and indirect restorations – as well as dental anatomy. He serves as a mentor for the UCLA student chapter of the R.V. Tucker Study Club. He has co-authored more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, with a research emphasis on dental adhesives.

“Dr. Dugoni’s mantra at the University of the Pacific was that at UOP they grow people, and along the way they become doctors. Those are words I have truly taken to heart and have done my best to implement since day one at UCLA,” said Dr. Hayashi, who was nominated for the award by a UCLA D.D.S. Class of 2023 student.

The CDA Foundation strives to bring healthy smiles to individuals and families, as well as grant opportunities to dentists and community-based organizations working to reduce barriers to care in underserved populations.