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CDA Foundation Honors Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumnus Thomas Levy ’75

Dr. Thomas Levy '75, recipient of the CDA Foundations's Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award.

July  31, 2012

The California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation has honored Thomas Levy '75 as the 2012 recipient of its Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award. The award recognizes Levy's exceptional leadership, creativity and innovation in dental education.

CDA established the Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award in 2004 in recognition of Dugoni's accomplishments in dental education and organized dentistry. The Award acknowledges and supports eligible faculty affiliated with the state's six dental schools for qualities such as leadership, collaboration, compassion, innovation and philanthropic spirit.

Levy graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1975 and then went on to receive a master's degree in oral biology and an endodontic certificate in 1978. He currently devotes his time to his career as an associate professor and endodontic clinical director at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC.

Levy was selected for the award in part because of his effort spent on providing students with hands-on experience in low socio-economic areas, with the goal of teaching students the importance of health care leadership in their communities.

Levy is also responsible for developing the research on platelet-derived growth factor role in osseous repair in Central America in collaboration with an El Salvadorian dental school. In an effort to increase students' surgical experiences and provide reciprocal education, Levy has organized 15 trips to Central America, believing it is vital for residents to learn how to give back to a unique group of citizens.

He is regarded in the field of Endodontics and presented at the 2012 American Association of Endodontists on the topic of how today's students learn and how the millennial student will apply their education to their future practice in dentistry.

"The millennial student fascinates me and understanding their traits is a constant study," he said.

Among other philanthropic priorities and achievements, Levy regularly gives his time and materials to help homeless veterans as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Stand Downs, which provide services to homeless veterans.

"As a teacher, it is extremely important that my students are competent, compassionate and confident," said Levy. "The best way to teach is by being a good role model, and I work every day to teach from my heart as well as my brain."

To learn more about Levy's accomplishments and the Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award visit

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