Philanthropists Dr. Mick Dragoo and his wife, Mary, who formerly owned a winery in Napa, have pledged $5 million to the UCLA School of Dentistry to establish the Mick and Mary Dragoo Periodontal and Implant Clinical Research and Patient Care Center.
The Dragoos’ gift, the largest single donation from an individual or couple that the dental school has ever received, will create a leading site for clinical research, patient care and education in periodontology and implantology — specialized areas of dentistry related to tooth-supporting structures and tooth replacement, the dental school announced.
The Dragoos established Gourmet Haven winery in Napa in 1980. They moved to Escondido in 1992, where they currently own and operate the Belle Marie Winery, the school said.
“With Dr. and Mrs. Dragoo’s extremely generous gift, our hope is to advance the standard of patient care, as well as influence decisions made by dentists and patients alike,” said Dr. No-Hee Park, dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry.
Dr. Dragoo is a periodontist who has written and published numerous books and clinical articles. He has lectured extensively throughout the world and has been involved in independent clinical research on periodontology and implantology for nearly 40 years.