Allied Anesthesia physician, Dr. Thanh Tran was recently recognized as a 2013 Leader in Oral Health by Healthy Smiles for Kids.
Ten years ago, Healthy Smiles for Kids, a non-profit organization, began providing education and dental care to thousands of Orange County children. The program works with USC and CHOC to increase the number of pediatric dentists in the region.
Since its inception, Dr. Tran has played an essential role in developing and coordinating the pediatric sedation training program for USC dental fellows at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
The success of the program has been clear. In 2003 there were less than 60 pediatric dentists, but thanks to combined efforts from Tran and other members of Allied Anesthesia, there are now 85.
“Everyone at Allied Anesthesia joins in to help train these dentists,” Tran said. “I’m just the point person who helps the process move along more smoothly. We don’t think of it as a chore or duty,” Tran continued, “It’s part of the profession and we do it because we love it.”
Dr. Tran also received two Senate resolutions in recognition of his contributions to the oral surgery residency program at USC from Sen. Mark Wyland, 38th District, and Sen. Lou Correa, 34th District.
Allied Anesthesia proudly congratulates Dr. Tran and the other key anesthesiologists that have contributed to Healthy Smiles for Kids‘ success.