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$1.67 million Delta Dental Community Care Foundation gift empowers new School of Dentistry initiative

The UCLA School of Dentistry will increase access to comprehensive oral health care among geriatric and special needs populations through a new program made possible by the support of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation’s largest-ever single gift to a dental school. The Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of California.

Meet Dr. Yvonne Hernandez-Kapila, Associate Dean for Research

A new era of discovery is underway at the UCLA School of Dentistry with the appointment of Dr. Yvonne Hernandez-Kapila as associate dean for research and the Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Chair.

Beginning her UCLA tenure in May 2022, Dr. Hernandez-Kapila oversees a robust research program with more than $21M in contracts and grants awarded last fiscal year, with approximately 50 active initiatives at any given time.

Dr. Flavia Pirih accepted into the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM)

Dr. Flavia Pirih Associate Professor and Tarrson Family Endowed Chair in Periodontics has been accepted into the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM).

ELAM is a core program of Drexel University College of Medicine dedicated to developing professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in the health care environment. For additional information please visit

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