Dr. Nadia Chugal

Nadia  Chugal D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.

Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Residency Program Director (Endodontics)
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UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668

  • CE Instructors
  • Full-Time Faculty
Academic Sections
  • Endodontics

Dr. Nadia Chugal, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., is the Program Director for the Postdoctoral Residency Program in Endodontics and Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry. She joined the Dental School faculty in 1997. Dr. Chugal is known for her expertise in program administration, innovation and excellence in education, leadership, and professionalism. She has held leadership positions in local, national, and international professional organizations. Dr. Chugal is the past president of the Southern California Academy of Endodontics, (SCAE) and has been Secretary and Treasurer for the Pulp Biology Group (PBRG) of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) since 2005.

Representative Publications
  • Chugal, N., J.M. Clive, and L.S.W. Spångberg. A prognostic model for assessment of the outcome of endodontic treatment: Effect of biologic and diagnostic variables. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2001; 91: 342-352.
  • Chugal, N., J.M. Clive, and L.S.W. Spångberg. Endodontic infection: Some biologic and treatment factors associated with outcome. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2003; 96:81-90.
  • Chugal, N., J.M. Clive, and L.S.W. Spångberg. 2007. Endodontic Treatment Outcome: Effect of the Permanent Restoration. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 104: 576-82.
  • Kreth, J.,D. Kim, M. Nguyen, G. Hsiao, R. Mito, M.K. Kang, N. Chugal, and W. Shi. The antimicrobial effect of silver ion impregnation into endodontic sealer against Streptococcus mutans. The Open Dentistry Journal 2008; 2:18-23.
  • Chugal N,  Wang J-K, Wang R, He X, Kang M, Li J, Zhou X, Shi W, Lux R. Molecular characterization of the microbial flora residing at the apical portion of infected root canals of human teeth. J Endod 2011; 37: 1359-64.
Additional Information

Teaching Activities:

  • CL 320.01, Endodontic Clinic (Postgraduate)
  • CL 320.32, Endodontic Teaching (Postgraduate)
  • CL 403.01, Endodontic Clinic – 3rd Year
  • CL 404.01, Endodontic Clinic – 4th Year
  • OSD201, Block 3, Oral Diseases 1– 2nd Year
  • RFE 205 (DS 462a), Introduction to Endodontics – 2nd Year
  • RFE 209 (DS 462b), Preclinical Endodontic Laboratory – 2nd Year
  • RFE 214 (DS 462c), Introduction to Clinical Endodontics – 2nd Year
  • RFE302 (CL 463s), Clinical Endodontics – 3rd Year
  • RFE 304 (DS 413a), Advanced Clinical Endodontics – 3rd Year
  • DS 320.11, Biological Basis for Periradicular Therapy (Postgraduate)
  • DS 320.21, Endodontic Treatment Planning (Postgraduate)
  • DS 320.41, Current Endodontic Literature Seminars (Postgraduate)
  • DS 320.44, Endodontic Research (Postgraduate)
Educational & Professional Background
  • 1979    B.A., University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • 1984    M.P.H./M.A., UCLA School of Public Health
  • 1988    D.D.S., UCLA School of Dentistry
  • 1990    M.S., Oral Biology, UCLA School of Dentistry
  • 1991    Certificate, General Practice Residency, IMMC, Chicago, IL , 1991
  • 1994    Certificate, Endodontics, University of Connecticut, Farmington
  • 1996    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dental Research.  University of Connecticut, Farmington and Veterans
  • Administration, Office of Academic Affairs, Washington D.C. 
  • 1999    Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics
Research & Interests

The main focus of Dr. Chugal’s research is endodontic prognosis, primarily the understanding of the relationship between root canal infections and outcome of endodontic treatment. Additionally, she is studying new imaging technologies for endodontic diagnosis and treatment planning with the purpose of developing more effective therapies and improved endodontic prognosis. Her current research also involves the study of educational outcomes related to the postdoctoral program training. 

Professional Memberships
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Associations
  • Western Los Angeles Dental Society
  • American Association of Endodontists
  • California State Association of Endodontists
  • American Association of Dental Research (Pulp Biology Group)
  • International Association of Dental Research (Pulp Biology Group)
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
  • Council of Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs (COHAEP).
  • Southern California Academy of Endodontics (SCAE)
  • Fellowship in Dental Research, University of Connecticut, Farmington
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics Best Paper Award, the Samuel Seltzer prize for Endodontology, OOOOE (2004)
  • American Association of Endodontists, Research and Scientific Affairs Committee, Member
  • Best Paper Award, THE Samuel Seltzer Prize for Endodontology: OOOOE (2007)
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Endodontics, Member
  • American Association of Endodontists, Evidence Based Endodontics Committee. Educational grant recipient for ADA/Forsyth Course on Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), Consultant & Site Visitor
  • Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE), National Board Endodontics Test Construction Committee, Member