We are very fortunate to have over 20 dedicated AO USC faculty members!
Here you can learn a bit more about a sampling of our wonderful faculty.

Dr. Leon Unterman

AO Faculty Advisor

I am a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Restorative Sciences and teach in the preclinical modules.

I have been teaching at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC for 15 years. I am a graduate of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry Class of 1963.

My favorite AO experiences are several: as past President of Tau Chapter and the Los Angeles Chapter; and as Deputy Marshall at two International Alpha Omega International Conventions - 1992 San Diego and 1996 Palm Dessert.

When not practicing dentistry, I enjoy photography- whether taking the photos or working with them on my computer. I also enjoy traveling to different area of the states and world. I, with my wife, enjoy visiting with our children and grandchildren who live in Northern California and Texas. We also enjoy visiting  with our friends whether it be for dinner, lunch or just "hanging out".

Dr. Richard Green

AO Faculty Advisor

The am the Chairman of the Department of Dentistry of LAC+USC Medical Center; The Director of the USC General Practice Residency Program; Director of the Dental Morphology Course for the Dental Hygiene Program.

I have been teaching at USC since 1997, 20 Years. I have been full-time for 12 years.

I graduated from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry in 1979.

A favorite AO memory or experience: Attending the AO International Convention in Detroit as a student delegate in 1978 and the AO International Convention in 2007 in Tel Aviv as a Faculty Alumni Member.

When not practicing dentistry: I love teaching; playing golf; kayaking; watching movies.

I am an USC Alumni, Faculty and Parent - the full gambit. I also trained many years in Krav Maga, Israeli Close Contact Self Defense.

Dr. Janet Lent

AO Faculty Advisor

I'm a senior clinical faculty, recently part-time, at the Special Patients Clinic (Community Dentistry).

I've been on  faculty since 2004

I graduated USC Dental School in 1978, a year ahead of Dr Green. I was one of the first women in Tau and went to Mobile Clinic every other weekend.

A favorite AO memory or experience: When Dr Green taught us Krav Maga moves down in the 160s.

When not practicing dentistry, I like to  read,  exercise, protest, see good movies, travel and hang around with friends and family (which usually involves food and drink and endless discussions).

I love special care and geriatric dentistry and will blather on forever on these subjects if you let me.

I'm the loud twin.

After 25 years in private practice, I love being in this big, diverse and interesting school because of the people I work with and for and on.

Dr. Paul Selski

AO Faculty Advisor

I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry in the Restorative Sciences Division.

This year I will be beginning my 7th year at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

I graduated in 1978 from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry.

AO has literally become my second family. By becoming involved in AO as an undergraduate and then in my local alumni chapter, I was given the opportunity to attend international conventions, lectures by
world class researchers and clinicians, meetings with contemporaries as well as great social events. But, the best part is having made very close and life long friends.

When not practicing dentistry, having friends over, visiting our son in Northern California and traveling anywhere with my wife are a
few of my favorite things to do. Life is good!

Dr. Yaara Berdan

I am the co-director for the preclinical endodontics course.

I have been at USC since 2008.

I graduated from UCSF school of dentistry.

My favorite AO experience was my externship in Israel when I was a dental student.

When I am not teaching I like to hike and go mountain biking.

Dr. Cheryl Goldasich

I am a Clinical Operative Faculty on Fridays.

I have been teaching at USC for eleven years.

I attended USC dental school and graduated in 1999 ( back then the WREB did not include California.  I was the last class to take the Cal board where a gold crown was prepped one day and cemented the next).

My favorite AO experience was the senior banquet.  I was awarded highest GPA for all fraters that year.

When I'm not in my office I enjoy walking/ jogging/ reading and vacationing.

My father, Dr. Robert Laxineta, was also a member of AO when he was a dental student at UCSF.  Back then there was antisemitism and dental fraternities did not accept Jews.  My dad joined AO and they used one of his exams to help other dental students pass the national board exam.

Dr. K. Ron Saidara

I am a Clinical Assistant Professor, Operative section.

I have been at USC for Four years.

I graduated from USC School of Dentistry, 1990.

My favorite AO experience was my first AO convention in Jerusalem, Israel in 1989. I represented USC as alternate student delegate.

When not practicing dentistry I like to spend time with my family.

Dr. Robert Simon

I perform clinical instruction in fixed prosthodontics.

I have been at USC for 37 years.

I went to dental school at USC, class of 1974.

A favorite AO memory or experience is attending the 1994 International Convention in Palm Springs with my kids.

When not practicing dentistry I enjoy playing golf, and I am learning to enjoy duplicate bridge.

Dr. Fred Davidowitz

My name is Fred Davidowitz, USC '71, and I'm a part time volunteer faculty in the pre clinical restorative lab.  I began teaching at the encouragement of my daughter Roxanne USC 2001 while she was a third year dental student.  My youngest daughter Rachelle is a  2017 USC dental graduate.  This year marks my 18th year teaching at USC.  When I'm not teaching you can find me on the golf course or tennis courts.

Dr. Stuart Hoffman

My current role at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC is "Part Time Clinical Instructor, Division of Orthodontics"

I will begin my 13th year in the fall of 2017.

My professional education is as follows:
- DMD from the Univeristy of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine 1989. Was Alpha Omega Beta Chapter President 1988-89. Member of OKU 1989.
- Advanced Orthodontic Specialty Residency - USC 1991
- MS in Craniofacial Biology - USC 1991

My favorite "undergraduate" AO memory was "hanging" out at the AO house with other "fraters" (At Penn, we actually had a house where we hung out and hosted parties...was quite a blast).
My favorite alumni memories continue to be interacting with the students in the student chapters and supporting the San Fernando Valley Alumni chapter of AO (been President twice).

When not practicing orthodontics, I love playing softball. I have been in a softball league for the past 20 years. I am indeed a sports junkie, especially supporting USC's football program (yes, my family has had season tickets for quite a while). Besides being a sports junkie, I love music and spending time with family. I very much enjoy music; especially classic rock and 80's alternative (yes I'm from that "era").