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Dental School Welcomes New Faculty in Pathology and Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry

Drs. Nasser Said-Al-Naief and Rinku S. Saini

January  15, 2010

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently welcomed Drs. Nasser Said-Al-Naief and Rinku S. Saini as faculty members, adding to the school's esteemed list of dental educators.

Serving as associate professor in the Pathology and Medicine Department and director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory and Clinical Oral Pathology and Medicine, Said-Al-Naief brings many years of teaching and research experience to the dental school. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University's School of Dentistry and a Master of Science in oral biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Said-Al-Naief completed two residencies, one at the University of Illinois at Chicago and another at Long Island Jewish Hospital. He also completed a head and neck/ENT pathology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

As part of his academic leadership and involvement, Said-Al-Naief spearheads numerous research studies, presents numerous national and international continuing education courses, is a member of eleven professional societies and serves as a reviewer for eight academic journals covering oral, head and neck pathology. He also serves on the executive council of the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology, among others.

Joining as assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Saini comes to the Dugoni School of Dentistry after completing a general practice residency at Sepulveda VA/UCLA and his pediatric dentistry specialty training at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He received his Master of Science in cell and molecular biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; his Master of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine.

Saini has worked with children not only in the practice of dentistry, but also as a school teacher. Before embarking on a career in pediatric dentistry, he taught fifth grade in his Southern California hometown. He has completed many clinical rotations and hospital clerkships, and was most recently an assistant professor and staff dentist at Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine.

"We're proud to welcome Drs. Said-Al-Naief and Saini to the Dugoni School of Dentistry," said Dr. Nader Nadershahi, associate dean for academic affairs. "With the addition of experienced and talented educators such as these, the dental school furthers its reputation and commitment to first-rate education and the development of our integrated Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum."

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.

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