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Dr. Sigmund Abelson ’66 Hired to Support School’s Clinic Transition to New Campus

April  17, 2013

Dr. Sigmund H. Abelson '66 has joined the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry to provide strategic guidance and support as the school plans for the transition of its clinics and educational programs to a new San Francisco campus in the summer of 2014.

In April, Abelson was named as Assistant Dean, Clinical Transition and Associate Professor, Dental Practice. He will collaborate with faculty, staff and students across departments and functions as the school moves forward in preparing for next year's move of its San Francisco clinics, which serve approximately 10,000 patients.

Abelson is a respected leader who brings decades of experience in dental education, clinical practice, administration and organizational management. He also has deep ties to the people, programs and culture at Pacific. A 1966 graduate of the Dugoni School, Abelson is a former regent of the University of the Pacific and a former member of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation board. In 2002, the Dugoni School's Alumni Association honored Abelson with its Medallion of Distinction, the Association's highest honor.

Abelson most recently held roles at the University of Southern California (USC) Ostrow School of Dentistry, including positions as the school's associate dean of clinical affairs and associate professor of clinical dentistry. He also served as acting dean of the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry from 2008 until 2009. Prior to USC, Abelson served as the associate director for governance, strategic development and component relations of the California Dental Association (CDA). He also was a speaker of the CDA House of Delegates for nine years. He is a fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and is a member the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society.

For 33 years, Abelson practiced restorative dentistry in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

"Sig's talents will add to our already skilled team of faculty members, clinic staff and administrators all working together to plan for the move to our new campus downtown," said Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean of the Dugoni School of Dentistry. "He will offer a valuable perspective due to his vast experience in clinical operations, curriculum implementation and other important aspects of dental education, as well as his experience in private practice." 

University of the Pacific is currently renovating its future San Francisco campus at 155 Fifth Street in the city's South of Market district. The dental school plans to move all of its clinical operations and educational programs to the campus in 2014. More information about the new project is available at  

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