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No-Hee  Park D.M.D., Ph.D.

Dean Emeritus
Distinguished Professor of Dentistry
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
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UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668

  • Full-Time Faculty
Academic Sections
  • Biosystems and Function

Dr. No-Hee Park is a major scientist in oral and craniofacial research community in the world with over 200 scientific publications in most reputable scientific journals, such as Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nature Medicine, Cell Stem Cell, Oncogene, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Carcinogenesis, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Archives of Ophthalmology, DNA Repair, International Journal of Oncology, Journal of Dental Research, etc. His major research activities have been in Oral (Head and Neck) Cancer research.  Dr. Park's contribution to the understanding of the mechanisms of oral cancer development is enormous, which resulted in new mode of therapy. 

In the early stage of his career (1975-1983), Dr. Park was engaged in the development of animal models to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of antiviral agents and the studies for understanding the molecular mechanisms of numerous antiviral agents (e.g., Acyclovir [Zovirax®], Ganciclovir, etc.) against herpes simplex virus. In later stage of his research career (since 1983 to present), Dr. Park has investigated the mechanisms of human oral/head & neck cancer development. In addition to his interest in the area of cellular aging, and molecular carcinogenesis, Dr. Park has also been engaged in a research project investigating the molecular mechanisms of the development of atherosclerosis, a benign, but the most dangerous vascular wall cancer.

His research has been well funded by both NIH and private foundations (a total of over $70 million).  Dr. Park has received many recognitions by his peers for his research and scholarly activities. He has served Editorial Board of many research journals, including European J of Cancer, Journal of Dental Research, International Journal of Oncology, Journal of Biotechnology, Odontology, Critical Review of Oncogenesis, Chinese J of Dental Research, and International Journal of Oral Sciences.  Dr. Park has also served as a member of a number of NIH grants review committees for both the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Dental Research. 

Dr. Park has also trained over 100 research students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars from overseas during the past 3-4 decades.  Most of his trainees are presently faculty members of dental schools, medical schools and colleges of life science in the United States and many other countries including Korea, Japan, China and Europe. 

Dr. No-Hee Park is presently the Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.  As Dean, Dr. Park had directed a $90 million enterprise, with 400 full and part-time faculty, 450 students (DDS, PhD, and MS Programs), 91 advanced education residents (also known as specialty program residents of a hospital), close to 100 dentists from overseas, and a staff of 300 employees. Dr. Park joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1984.  In 1995, Dr. Park was named Director of the UCLA Dental Research Institute.  In 1997, Dr. Park was appointed as Associate Dean for Research at the UCLA School of Dentistry and created the UCLA Wound Healing Research Center.  In July 1, 1998, Dr. Park was named Dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry and served the school as the dean until June 30, 2016 (for 18 years).  He was the longest serving dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry of its 55 year history and the 2nd longest serving dean at the entire UCLA of its 100 year history.  Under Dr. Park’s leadership, the UCLA School of Dentistry has become the most research intensive dental school in the world.  For example, Dr. Park increased the extramural research grant funds by almost 10 times during his tenure as the dean: Under Dr. Park’s leadership, the annual extramural research funds have increased to approximately $25 million (FY2015-2016) from $3 million (FY 2016-17). This is due to his conscientious investment in the research enterprise; through targeted faculty recruitment, cultivation of research value, improvements to research facilities, establishment of research centers and core areas of interdisciplinary research, and the acquisition of key equipment and technology. He had also established 11 endowed chairs from none, including the Dr. No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry.

Additional Information

Courses Taught

  • OSD211, Hematopoietic and Immunologic Disorders and Viral Diseases
  • Dean’s Leadership Institute


Selected Speeches

  • “The Advanced Diagnostic Approaches and Genetic Control for Prevention of Oral Cancer at a New Millennium” ”: Keynote speech at the 4th Asian Congress on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Cheju Island, Korea June 6-10, 2000.
  • "Strategies in Faculty Recruitment and Retention" at University of California, San Francisco, January 16, 2002.
  • "Let's Arrive at the Future First": Challenges and Opportunities for Future Dental Education. UCLA School of Dentistry Dean's Lecture Series. May 7, 2002.
  • “A Dean’s View of the Future of Dental Education”, Nova Southern University School of Dentistry, Ft. Lauderdale, June 25, 2004.
  • “Role of Public Universities for Our Society” Address at Seoul National University as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Seoul, Korea, October 12, 2007.
  • “Maintaining Excellence in Difficult Times” at the 2009 Summer Deans’ Institute meeting, Sonoma, California, August 10, 2009.
  • “Beyond the Horizon: The Future of Dental Education” to the faculty of NYU College of Dentistry New York, NY on April 29, 2010
  • “The Future of Dental Education: What to Prepare?” Wuhan University, China, September 23, 2013
  • “Can we retard the aging process?” UCLA Dentistry Symposium. Lihue, Kauai, June 22, 2015.
  • “Commencement Speech”, 2017 UCLA School of Dentistry Commencement Exercise, Royce Hall, UCLA, June 4, 2017
  • “Entrepreneurial Operations of University Hospitals” Kyung Hee University, Nov. 9, 2017
  • “Chance Favors the Prepared Mind” Seoul National University, April 23, 2018
  • “Let’s Build a Future Together” at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, October 2, 2019
  • “Why bother with Research in Dentistry” Zoom lecture for the faculty of Seoul National University School of Dentistry, January 18, 2021
Educational & Professional Background



  • 1968           DDS                Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (Dentistry)
  • 1970           MSD               Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (Oral Science)
  • 1971           Certificate       Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (Periodontology)
  • 1978           PhD                Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA (Pharmacology)
  • 1980           Certificate       Harvard Medical School/ERI, Boston, MA (Virology)
  • 1982           DMD               Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Dental Medicine)


Administrative Positions

  • 2016 - Present                  Dean Emeritus, UCLA School of Dentistry
  • 1998 - 2016                      Dean, UCLA School of Dentistry
  • 1997 - 1998                      Associate Dean for Research, UCLA School of Dentistry
  • 1995 - 2002                      Director, Dental Research Institute, UCLA
  • 1986 - 1990                      Associate Director, Dental Research Institute, UCLA

Academic Positions:

  • 2007 - Present                 Distinguished Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry
  • 2007 - Present                 Distinguished Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • 2004 - 2006                     Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • 1985 - 2006                     Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry
  • 1984 - 1985                     Associate professor, UCLA School of Dentistry
  • 1982 - 1984                     Assistant Professor, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine
  • 1978 - 1982                     Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Research & Interests
  • Molecular Carcinogenesis
  • Viral Oncology
  • Aging and Cell senescence
  • Atherosclerosis and Inflammation
  • Periodontitis and the Development of Atherosclerosis and Alzheimer Disease
Professional Memberships
  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
  • American Association for Dental Research (AADR)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Association for Dental Education (ADEA)
  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • 1978 NIH Research Fellowship Award
  • 2001 Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), Chiba, Japan
  • 2002 Distinguished Overseas Compatriots' Prize (Distinguished Scientist in the Area of Natural Sciences), KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), Seoul, Korea
  • 2002 The First Alumnus of the Year, Seoul National University College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea
  • 2006 Awarded title of “Distinguished Professor of Dentistry” at UCLA
  • 2006 Awarded title of “Distinguished Professor of Medicine” at UCLA
  • 2007 Alumnus of the Year, Seoul National University (University wide), Seoul, Korea.
  • 2007 Silver Anniversary Award for distinguished cancer research, Harvard University
  • 2009 Dr. No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry
  • 2010 The Gies Award as the Most Achieved Dental Educator
  • 2010 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Georgia Regents University Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • 2012 American Association for Advanced Science (AAAS) Fellow
  • 2015 2015 honorary alumnus of the UCLA School of Dentistry for distinguished leadership
  • 2016 Honorary Doctorate from Meikai and Asahi Universities, Japan
  • 2017 Korean National Laureate in Science and Technology
  • 2018 Hall of Fame in Science and Technology, Republic of Korea