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Dr. Ernest Giachetti Receives Pacific’s 2009 Medallion of Distinction

March  25, 2009

Dr. Ernest Giachetti

Dr. Ernest Giachetti

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry honored Bay Area resident Dr. Ernest Giachetti with its 2009 Medallion of Distinction Award. The prestigious medallion is the Alumni Association's highest honor and is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the School of Dentistry, research, dental education or the community. Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. presented the award to Giachetti during the dental school's 110th annual Alumni Association Meeting at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco on March 20.

A Dugoni School faculty member since 1967, Giachetti has the distinction of being one of the three longest-serving members of the school's faculty — 42 years thus far.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he volunteers with a small group of fellow alumni to provide a homemade cioppino dinner for the dental school's first-year students each July.

"To be recognized by the Dugoni School for doing what I love doing is incredible," said Giachetti. "It is one of the most significant and humbling honors I've ever received."

Giachetti received his bachelors of science degree from Santa Clara University in 1963 and his doctor of dental surgery degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1967. He has served as a partner in Dentistat, Inc. for 35 years, as an expert examiner on the State of California Dental Board for 10 years and on the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury for one year. Giachetti is a counselor of the International College of Dentists, and was recently appointed by the mayor of San Jose to a blue-ribbon budget committee.

Giachetti and his wife, Marcia, are the parents of three grown children. He maintains a private dental practice in Cupertino, California.

Category Type: Alumni, Honors and Awards

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu