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Portrait of a Professional

SK: While I was in the PhD program, Dr. Gene West
and Dr. Bob Boyd gave me a part-time appointment in the Orthodontic Division, initially teaching
orthodontics to pediatric dentistry residents and
biomechanics and biomaterials to orthodontic
residents. Subsequently, I started teaching in the
graduate orthodontic clinic and seeing my own
patients in faculty practice. Drs. Gene West, Ib
Nielsen, Karin Vargervik, and Bob Boyd and several
part-time faculty served as my mentors.
Toward the end of my PhD education, I was
appointed as a full-time tenure-track faculty
at UCSF. In 2000, shortly after obtaining my
diplomate status from the American Board or
Orthodontics, I was appointed as Eugene E. West
Endowed Chair of the Division of Orthodontics
and Graduate Orthodontics Program director
following a national search. During this time, I
continued to teach many courses and supervise
clinical care. I also had the opportunity to be a
thesis advisor on research projects, which led to
publications and several national awards. I am so
proud of these achievements by our students.
GN: Then you were recruited to UM to lead the
Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. With whom did you work there?
SK: I was fortunate to be recruited in 2004 by
UM's then-new Dental School dean, Dr. Peter Polverini. Peter was an exceptional boss and mentor,
and we maintain a strong relationship to date.
With outstanding faculty, including Drs. Lysle
Johnston and Jim McNamara, and others before
my arrival, such as Drs. Bob Moyers and David
Carlson, the department already had a strong
and well-deserved reputation. Together with our
team of faculty and staff, we implemented many
initiatives, including introducing the first completely paperless clinic at UM Dental School and
increasing clinic efficiencies and patient numbers
for residents. As a consequence, we were able
to substantially improve the financial health of
the department, enabling further investments
into education and research. Dr. Scott Conley,

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our clinic director, and Ms. Lou Ann Lenio, our
department manager, were key to many of our
successes.
Besides the clinical enhancements, we introduced
several new courses and refined others. These
included initiating treatment in progress (TIP; that
was the residents' favorite course as it is at UCSF),
biology of tooth movement, surgical anatomy,
behavior management, and practice and risk management. We also optimized the content of biomechanics, biomaterials, and orthognathic surgery.
Our residents' research projects and experiences
were further organized and improved, leading
to national awards including four consecutive
Milo Hellman awards and several Thomas Graber
Awards from the AAO. During this time, I was also
deeply involved in organizing several of the annual
Moyers symposia. I co-edited several proceedings
from the symposia and published two textbooks.
A key achievement that evolved from my experiences at UCSF was the formalization of a
craniofacial clinic for orthodontic residents at
UM, which served as a springboard for a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited
Craniofacial (CF) and Special Care Orthodontics
Fellowship program, due to immense efforts of
our CF faculty leader, Dr. Katherine Kelly.
I developed strong bonds at UM with faculty,
students, and staff. Of the many friendships,
the deepest are with two of my fellow department chairs, Dr. Paul Krebsbach (former chair
of Biological Material Sciences and now dean at
the UCLA Dental School) and Dr. Yossi Hellman
(former chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery).
On the family end, while Yvonne was not a fan of
the winters, raising our kids in Ann Arbor gave us
enough work-life balance to provide them with
the attention they deserved and needed. All three
kids played competitive soccer, and so weekends
were usually a blur.
GN: How did your return to UCSF (for which we
are grateful!) happen?

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