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Dr. Lynette E. Kagihara Named Director of AEGD Program and Union City Dental Clinic

September  16, 2009

Dr. Lynette E. Kagihara

Dr. Lynette E. Kagihara

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry named Dr. Lynette E. Kagihara as director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. She will also serve as director of the school's East Bay dental clinic located in Union City, Calif.

Kagihara will be responsible for the overall management and development of the AEGD program's curriculum, outcomes measurement process; faculty and staff development; recruitment and evaluation; and budget. She will work with Pacific's faculty to make the program a leader in educational methods, global relations and models of care.

Prior to joining Pacific, Kagihara taught in the restorative department at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She maintained a private practice in Encino, Calif. for eighteen years and was an active member of both the California and Hawaii Dental Associations. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists and is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

"Dr. Kagihara brings extensive and outstanding leadership, educational and private practice experience to our AEGD program," said Dr. Cindy Lyon, chair of the department of dental practice. "Pacific is incredibly lucky to have her at the helm now at our Union City Clinic, where she's already working with her residents and team to bring about some great changes."

Kagihara earned her DDS and Master of Science in Education degrees from the University of Southern California and is in the process of completing a Masters in Public Health with the University of Washington. She has extensive experience in education as an associate professor with USC where she held posts including course director with the Department of Restorative Dentistry, group practice director and director of the AEGD program. Kagihara has also held faculty positions with the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

The AEGD program is a one-year, American Dental Association-accredited postgraduate residency in general dentistry providing advanced training and clinical experience. The core of the program involves treating patients requiring comprehensive dental care. The school has two AEGD clinic sites; one in Union City, Calif., and another in Stockton, Calif., located in the Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics on the University of the Pacific's main campus.

The AEGD program provides residents the opportunity to provide comprehensive dental care to healthy and medically compromised patients, attend supplemental seminars and to provide dental care to patients in community clinics and in hospital settings. Residents are directly involved in supervising dental students in a clinical setting. An optional second year allows residents to gain more in-depth training, offering the flexibility to pursue individual interests, advanced clinical cases, teaching or research projects.

One of the nation's premier dental schools, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has served the Bay Area community for 113 years. The School of Dentistry is committed to excellence in student-centered education, patient care and research. Its clinics, located in San Francisco, Union City and Stockton, offer quality, affordable dental services to children and adults throughout Northern California.

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