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Portrait of a Professional

ing faculty, staff, and residents. For the Dental
Center, we have worked to enhance patient
experiences, evolve business models, improve
transparency, and bring staff members together.
Added to these responsibilities was the CODA
accreditation review, which concluded successfully this April. While our entire team deserves kudos
for the work they have done, you, Dr. Nelson, merit a very special mention for your selfless and outstanding contributions to the program, Division,
and UCSF for almost 25 years [Dr. Gerald Nelson
recently retired, stepping down from a long and
highly successful career in orthodontics].
The keys to our successes have been regular
communication and collaboration. For example,
we have weekly meetings with our clinic supervisor and clinic director and monthly meetings with
chief residents and with full-time faculty. We
have biannual full faculty retreats for in-service
training and to discuss projects, build consensus,
and deliver on ongoing and future projects.
GN: That has been an intense three years. Have
you connected with the orthodontic alumni?
SK: We have brought in three new full-time and
eight new part-time faculty, most of whom are

UCSF or UM alumni. Also, we have received excellent recent financial support from alumni. This
includes an endowment from the estate of our
alumnus, Dr. Herb Gabriel, which has enabled us
to provide scholarships to each resident. Dr. Tony
Ellenikiotis also recently pledged to an endowed
scholarship. We receive annual support from our
Orthodontic Alumni Association and from individual faculty members. Thus, all in all, this is an
excellent place to belong to, lead, and teach.
Also, our clinics are operating smoothly, our resident patient numbers have increased, and we are
generating a margin that is being reinvested into
our clinics. We have implemented new technologies such as scanners and three-dimensional
printers together with appropriate curriculum.
We are now moving into the realm of virtual
treatment planning.
GN: As a life-time academic, do you have advice
for those orthodontic residents who might be
turning to a career in teaching and research?
SK: While academics, like other endeavors,
has its challenges, I have enjoyed my career
immensely. It has been gratifying to touch
the lives and minds of so many young people
and generations of orthodontists and other

With friends and colleagues from UM. Left: Sunil with Drs. Yossi Hellman and Paul Krebsbach during a
visit to Nanjing, China. Right: Sunil with Dean Emeritus Peter Polverini at Peter's birthday.

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