Dr. Roy T. Yanase, an internationally prominent prosthodontist, practiced in Orange County for more than two decades, and in Torrance for more than four decades. He graduated from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in 1969 and returned for a certificate in advanced training in prosthodontics in 1975. He achieved Board Certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics in 1981.
Concurrent with his private practice in the dental specialty dealing with implant dentistry and other dental restorative procedures, Dr. Yanase has been on the faculty of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC since 1970. He started teaching Operative Dentistry in 1969, and continued teaching as a Clinical Professor through 1977. He taught until 1996 as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Advanced Education of Prosthodontics department. Currently, Dr. Roy has a dual appointment as a Clinical Professor of Continuing Education (1996) and Advanced Prosthodontic Education (2000).
He was faculty Director of the Odontic Seminar at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC (1977-2010), and treasurer, past President and founder of the Osseointegration Study Club of Southern California. He maintains a private practice limited to implant, esthetic, and prosthetic dentistry in Torrance, California.
Over the past 38 years, Dr. Yanase has lectured internationally and throughout the United States. His writings on his specialty have appeared in several publications as well as being major chapters in three textbooks. He has also held positions in several national and regional organizations related to his specialty and profession.
- Examiner, member, and past President of the American Board of Prosthodontics (2001 - 2009),
- Founder, past President, and current Treasurer of the Osseointegration Study Club of Southern California (1985)
- Member of the board of the American College of Prosthodontists and past president of its California section
- Prosthodontic consultant for the California Sate Board of Dental Examiners
- Past President of the Southern California Japanese-American Dental Society(1978)
- Active member of the Academy of Prosthodontics
- Life member of the American Dental Association (2009) and the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics (2008), where he was President in 1999.
- Honorary Advisor to the Osseointegration Study Club of Japan (2001)
Dr. Yanase has been elected a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists, the American and International Colleges of Prosthodontists, the Academy of Prosthodontics, the Academy of Osseointegration, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Dentistry International.
In 1997, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of El Camino college, Dr. Yanase was selected as one of the 50 outstanding alumni. He has received the Distinguished Service Award for his dedication and service to dentistry, teaching, and the community from the Japanese American Dental Society.
In 2010, Dr. Yanase was elected as President of the American Board of Prosthodontics. The purpose of the board is to examine all eligible candidates seeking board certification and Diplomate status in the prosthodontic specialty internationally. The American Board of Prosthodontics was founded in 1947. Currently there are 1700 Certified Diplomates of the Board of Prosthodontics.
In 2011, Dr. Yanase was recognized for his dedication and contributions to Prosthodontics with the Kenneth Wical Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics - Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. In 2012, he received the American College of Prosthodontists' (ACP) Presidents award. More recently he was honored with the 2013 Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics Fred E. Gulick Distinguished Life Member Award and the 2014 ACP Private Practitioner of the year award. As a result, the Psi Omega Fraternity recognized Dr. Yanase as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year.
Stanley H. Yanase, Roy's father, graduated from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in 1938 and his son, Rex, graduated in 2002, also from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Roy and his wife Regina enjoy traveling in their leisure time. His hobbies include Dentistry on postage stamps, dental antiques, and anthropology.