Dr. Eric Sung, professor and chair of the section of Special Patient Care at the UCLA School of Dentistry, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles Endowed Chair in Special Patient Care.

The endowed term chair – the dental school's ninth – was established to support teaching, research and patient care for special-needs patients, with a goal to advance oral health care for people with developmental disabilities and other medically vulnerable patients. The chair was created out of an alliance between the Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation.

Sung has been with the Special Patient Care Clinic, formerly the Hospital Dentistry Clinic, since 1992. He became the program director of the General Practice Residency and Hospital Dentistry Program in 1995. A preeminent expert on treating complex cases, he is a graduate of the UCLA D.D.S. program and the UCLA General Practice and Hospital Dentistry Residency Program.

Learn more about Sung at his School of Dentistry website.