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Drs. Jeffory Eaton and Antonio Ragadio Awarded Dental Alumni Association's Medal of Honor

April 13, 2017

Jeffory Eaton, DDS, and Antonio Ragadio, DDS, are the 2017 recipients of the UCSF Dental Alumni Association’s Medal of Honor. Drs. Eaton and Ragadio were recognized at the DAA’s April 7 luncheon during UCSF Alumni Weekend.

Antonio Ragadio

Antonio Ragadio, DDS

“I’m delighted to acknowledge Drs. Ragadio and Eaton for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities,” said LaJuan Hall, DDS (D’94), immediate past president of the Dental Alumni Association.

Dr. Ragadio, a 1976 graduate of the School of Dentistry, is a professor of preventive and restorative dental science; he has been a faculty member for more than two decades. His ongoing involvement in outreach and recruitment of underrepresented minority students at UCSF dates back to his student days. He is a founder and faculty adviser of the Filipino Dental Student Coalition. A former DAA president, Dr. Ragadio currently serves on the DAA executive council.

Dr. Ragadio’s private practice is in an underserved area of San Francisco, and he is an active volunteer in humanitarian activities focusing on dentally underserved populations. He also lends his time and talents as a mentor to both students and new faculty members in the School of Dentistry.

Current recipient of the 2017 outstanding faculty award from the American College of Dentists, Dr. Ragadio is a member of the American College of Dentists, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Delta Sigma Delta, Filipino Dental Practitioners Inc., San Francisco Dental Society, California Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

Jeffory Eaton

Jeffory Eaton, DDS

Dr. Eaton, a 1983 graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry, has been a volunteer faculty member since 1994. He has been one of the longest continuously serving volunteer members of the Community Dental Clinic program, and became its faculty director in 2015. He also maintains a private practice in San Mateo.

He has participated in numerous dental missions outside the U.S., was awarded the volunteer faculty of the year award by the Dean’s Office in 1995, and by the students in 1995, 2001, and 2012 for his work with the Community Dental Clinic. Dr. Eaton was a Chancellors Award nominee in 2016 for community service, and has been selected to deliver the commencement address for the 2017 graduating class at UCSF.

Prior to dental school, Dr. Eaton worked as a professional musician in Las Vegas, performing with musicians such as the Righteous Brothers, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, the Doobie Brothers and Carlos Santana.

The UCSF Dental Alumni Association Medal of Honor, established in 1981, is the most prestigious award the DAA bestows on a living alumnus. Eighty-one awards have been bestowed to UCSF alumni dentists and hygienists since the award’s inception. The award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication, service and contributions in the following areas: the Dental Alumni Association, the UCSF School of Dentistry, the dental/dental hygiene professions, and the community.