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Student Leaders
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Bruce S. Youm (DDS '22, MPH '17) graduated from UC Berkeley with high honors earning dual bachelor degrees in human biology and business. Although he was intended for Yale for graduate school, he received a scholarship to attend Columbia for a master's degree in health care management. 

 

Prior to dental school, he established a privately-held technology company in the digital health space to translate into practice the public health recommendations of the CDC, WHO & US Surgeon General. He led as the founding CEO of the ongoing, early stage startup that developed a web-based mobile application to incentivize habitual exercise through a rewards program.  With formal training in public health and health care management, he is also the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Health Guardians of America where he designed, piloted, and scaled a national public health project with the mission of promoting health equity. In this role, he also mentors pre-health students who operate the project led by MD/DDS Fellows (www.healthguardians.org).

During his time at Passing the Scalpel, he hopes to learn more about the field of OMFS, make a meaningful contribution as a member of Pacific Dugoni PTS, and support the mission of the founders in broadening the exposure of OMFS for other dental students. 

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Greg Polyakov is a third year dental student at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni school of dentistry. He is from Calabasas, California and studied Psychobiology at UCLA. He joined Passing the Scalpel to help expand the organization at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and create a network for dental students to learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgery. He hopes to become an Oral surgeon and follow in his father’s footsteps.

BRUCE YOUM
Class of 2022

DDS, Dugoni School of Dentistry
MPH, Columbia University, New York, NY
BA/BS, University of California, Berkeley
GREG POLYAKOV
Class of 2022

DDS, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Bruce S. Youm (DDS '22, MPH '17) graduated from UC Berkeley with high honors earning dual bachelor degrees in human biology and business. Although he was intended for Yale for graduate school, he received a scholarship to attend Columbia for a master's degree in health care management. 

 

Prior to dental school, he established a privately-held technology company in the digital health space to translate into practice the public health recommendations of the CDC, WHO & US Surgeon General. He led as the founding CEO of the ongoing, early stage startup that developed a web-based mobile application to incentivize habitual exercise through a rewards program. With formal training in public health and health care management, he is also the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Health Guardians of America where he designed, piloted, and scaled a national public health project with the mission of promoting health equity. In this role, he also mentors pre-health students who operate the project led by MD/DDS Fellows (www.healthguardians.org).

During his time at Passing the Scalpel, he hopes to learn more about the field of OMFS, make a meaningful contribution as a member of Pacific Dugoni PTS, and support the mission of the founders in broadening the exposure of OMFS for other dental students.

Greg Polyakov is a third year dental student at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni school of dentistry. He is from Calabasas, California and studied Psychobiology at UCLA. He joined Passing the Scalpel to help expand the organization at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and create a network for dental students to learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgery. He hopes to become an Oral surgeon and follow in his father’s footsteps.

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Sanchith Hegde grew up in San Diego, loving soccer, surfing, and dogs! He attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton and graduated summa cum laude in 3 years, earning a bachelor's in biological sciences. He worked under Dr. Craig Vierra, silking black widow spiders to analyze protein sequences and folding, gaining hands-on experience with a mass spectrometer along the way. He also led efforts in enriching the student body as an intramural supervisor, president of Pacific Men’s Soccer Club, treasurer of Pacific Chess, and chemistry workshop leader. Now, he hopes to strengthen the Dugoni community as treasurer of the ASDA chapter and as a member of the Passing the Scalpel team.


Sanchith is galvanized by the surgeons he shadowed, individuals that exemplified dedication, skill, composure, and compassion. He joined Passing the Scalpel to help connect his peers with similarly amazing role models so they can discover the surgeon within.
 

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Calvin Maxwell is currently a first year dental student at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni school of dentistry. He attended San Francisco State University where he earned his B.S. in Biology; concentration in Physiology. His current research involves the onset and treatment of First Bite Syndrome following temporomandibular joint replacement surgery, working with the chief oral surgeon at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is also serving as a pre-dental lead on the general cabinet of the American Student Dental Association. In the past, Calvin has worked as a personal trainer, an oral surgery assistant, and has served as the community service director for the SFSU Pre-Dental Society.


While his own implant procedure due to hypodontia introduced him to oral surgery, his passion for the field really began once he started to volunteer in the Dental Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. There, he was able to compare his experience at the VA with what he previously observed in the private practice and public health settings, coming to the realization that hospital-based inpatient and outpatient dental care requires a unique knowledge base in order to treat medically compromised patients experiencing conditions such as MRONJ, radiation caries, or head and neck cancer. This has taught him about the importance of adapting care to each individual patient, guided by the medical, physical and social history.


As a member of Passing the Scalpel, Calvin is looking to spread passion and knowledge about the field of Oral Surgery and its vast scope of procedures which are hidden behind extractions and implants, while simultaneously increasing his own knowledge and connecting with others in the field. 
 

SANCHITH HEGDE
Class of 2023

DDS, Dugoni School of Dentistry
BS, University of the Pacific

Sanchith Hegde grew up in San Diego, loving soccer, surfing, and dogs! He attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton and graduated summa cum laude in 3 years, earning a bachelor's in biological sciences. He worked under Dr. Craig Vierra, silking black widow spiders to analyze protein sequences and folding, gaining hands-on experience with a mass spectrometer along the way. He also led efforts in enriching the student body as an intramural supervisor, president of Pacific Men’s Soccer Club, treasurer of Pacific Chess, and chemistry workshop leader. Now, he hopes to strengthen the Dugoni community as treasurer of the ASDA chapter and as a member of the Passing the Scalpel team.

 

Sanchith is galvanized by the surgeons he shadowed, individuals that exemplified dedication, skill, composure, and compassion. He joined Passing the Scalpel to help connect his peers with similarly amazing role models so they can discover the surgeon within.
 

CALVIN MAXWELL
Class of 2023

DDS, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
BS, San Francisco State University

Calvin Maxwell is currently a first year dental student at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni school of dentistry. He attended San Francisco State University where he earned his B.S. in Biology; concentration in Physiology. His current research involves the onset and treatment of First Bite Syndrome following temporomandibular joint replacement surgery, working with the chief oral surgeon at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is also serving as a pre-dental lead on the general cabinet of the American Student Dental Association. In the past, Calvin has worked as a personal trainer, an oral surgery assistant, and has served as the community service director for the SFSU Pre-Dental Society.


While his own implant procedure due to hypodontia introduced him to oral surgery, his passion for the field really began once he started to volunteer in the Dental Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. There, he was able to compare his experience at the VA with what he previously observed in the private practice and public health settings, coming to the realization that hospital-based inpatient and outpatient dental care requires a unique knowledge base in order to treat medically compromised patients experiencing conditions such as MRONJ, radiation caries, or head and neck cancer. This has taught him about the importance of adapting care to each individual patient, guided by the medical, physical and social history.


As a member of Passing the Scalpel, Calvin is looking to spread passion and knowledge about the field of Oral Surgery and its vast scope of procedures which are hidden behind extractions and implants, while simultaneously increasing his own knowledge and connecting with others in the field. 
 

Dugoni PTS Alumni Residents

Vania received her B.S. in Neurobiology with a minor in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine. As the president of her pre-dental organization, Delta Delta Sigma, she led the efforts in establishing a free mobile dental clinic. From this health project, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Allen Huang to create a platform that would expand the professional experiences of pre-dental students through community service. With the mentorship of Dr. Huang, she came to understand the true meaning of passing it forward and has been inspired to do the same for others.

Since college, Vania has also served as Vice President of her pre-dental society, danced on the UCI spirit squad, promoted the importance of oral health through the Smile Kit program, and spearheaded a dental mission trip to the Philippines. Her latest research focuses on early detection of oral cancer using a portable fluorescence smartphone probe in developing countries, which she has presented on at the ASLMS national conference. After learning about the scope of OMFS at the Singapore Allergy and Rhinology Conference during her first year as a dental student, Vania realized her passion for oral surgery. Having been inspired by the mentorship of those before her, she is excited to continue the tradition in mentoring dental students and inspiring the next generation of surgeons as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident at Parkland. 

Katherine is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She received her BA in Arts and Applied Sciences at the University of the Pacifc Stockton campus after completing the accelerated 2-year undergraduate program. Katherine has always had a passion for school involvement and working with peers for collective enrichment; she was a General Chemistry Workshop Leader at the undergraduate campus and is currently a Student Ambassador as well as an ASDA Pre-Dental Committee Leader. She is looking forward to continuing her community involvement by teaching others the importance of oral health through the upcoming dental mission trip to the Philippines. Katherine has previously done research comparing the interactions of T. vaginalis RAD51 with those of human RAD51. She conducted research using Geometric Morphometrics to track commonalities in skull development. Katherine is a General Practice Resident in New York, NY. 

VANIA FIRMALINO, DDS
Class of 2021

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Parkland
MD, UT Southwestern School of Medicine 
DDS, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
BS, University of California, Irvine
KATHERINE TRAN, DDS
Class of 2021

General Practice Residency, New York, NY
DDS, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
BA, University of the Pacific (5-Year BA/DDS Program)

Vania received her B.S. in Neurobiology with a minor in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine. As the president of her pre-dental organization, Delta Delta Sigma, she led the efforts in establishing a free mobile dental clinic. From this health project, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Allen Huang to create a platform that would expand the professional experiences of pre-dental students through community service. With the mentorship of Dr. Huang, she came to understand the true meaning of passing it forward and has been inspired to do the same for others.

Since college, Vania has also served as Vice President of her pre-dental society, danced on the UCI spirit squad, promoted the importance of oral health through the Smile Kit program, and spearheaded a dental mission trip to the Philippines. Her latest research focuses on early detection of oral cancer using a portable fluorescence smartphone probe in developing countries, which she has presented on at the ASLMS national conference. After learning about the scope of OMFS at the Singapore Allergy and Rhinology Conference during her first year as a dental student, Vania realized her passion for oral surgery. Having been inspired by the mentorship of those before her, she is excited to continue the tradition in mentoring dental students and inspiring the next generation of surgeons as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident at Parkland. 

Katherine is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She received her BA in Arts and Applied Sciences at the University of the Pacifc Stockton campus after completing the accelerated 2-year undergraduate program. Katherine has always had a passion for school involvement and working with peers for collective enrichment; she was a General Chemistry Workshop Leader at the undergraduate campus and is currently a Student Ambassador as well as an ASDA Pre-Dental Committee Leader. She is looking forward to continuing her community involvement by teaching others the importance of oral health through the upcoming dental mission trip to the Philippines. Katherine has previously done research comparing the interactions of T. vaginalis RAD51 with those of human RAD51. She conducted research using Geometric Morphometrics to track commonalities in skull development. Katherine is a general practice resident in New York, NY.

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