Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni has been witness to and part of the evolution of organized dentistry for the past six decades. Dr. Dugoni sat down in summer 2009 to share his approach to humanistic education, thoughts about leadership and why giving back to the community is so important, and life lessons from 60 years in dentistry in a series of interviews entitled "Stories from a Life in Dentistry," available for viewing online.
A former president of the American Dental Education Association, Dr. Dugoni has been internationally recognized and honored for his work and achievement in dentistry. He was the recipient of the 2009 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement in the category of Outstanding Achievement. He was also elected to the List of Honour, the highest award the FDI World Dental Federation can bestow on a member and limited to 30 living members throughout the world who have made distinguished contributions to international dentistry and the FDI World Dental Federation.
Dr. Dugoni graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons (forerunner of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry) in 1948. He began as an Assistant Professor of Operative Dentistry in 1951 and went on to serve as Dean from 1978 to 2006. Dr. Dugoni is the first and only person in the United States or Canada to have a dental school named in his honor while holding the position of dean.