AAPD Awards Winners Announced at Annual Session in Seattle

June 3, 2015 04:01 PM
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health, announced this year’s winners of several prestigious awards at AAPD 2015 in Seattle.  Included in the list of winners are Drs. Paul A. Reggiardo, Janice A. Townsend, Charles E. "Bud" Conklin, Sara L. Filstrup, Lynn K. Fujimoto and Arthur J. Nowak. 
"The vision and mission of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and its 9,500 members is optimal oral health for all children, and we work every day toward achieving that goal," stated Dr. Edward H. Moody, past president of the AAPD. "Whether it be treating patients in a clinic or hospital, teaching or mentoring those who represent our future, or taking active leadership roles in organized dentistry, the individual pediatric dentists we are honoring this year have all demonstrated outstanding dedication and devotion to the children we serve." 
The six awards in their respective categories are as follows:
Pediatric Dentist of the Year: The 2015 award recipient is Dr. Paul A. Reggiardo.
Established in 1998, this annual award honors a pediatric dentist who has made significant contributions to the dental profession and the specialty of pediatric dentistry through clinical practice, academics or policy development over the past year.  Recipients will also have devoted extensive volunteer leadership service to the dental profession and the specialty.  This award is sponsored by NuSmile Pediatric Crowns.
ReggiardoMug2015Paul Reggiardo, D.D.S., is chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Council on Dental Benefit Programs and represents the AAPD on the ADA Code Maintenance Committee, the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics and ADA Editorial Panel for the Development and Maintenance of the Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry (SNODENT).  He is a past president of the AAPD and of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, where he now serves as the appointed State Public Policy Advocate. He is a consultant to the Policy Development Council of the California Dental Association and was a member of the CDA’s Access Taskforce and Workforce Research and Forecasting Work Group. He was appointed in January to the California Department of Health Care Services’ Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel. Dr. Reggiardo was previously Oral Health Consultant to Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in the western states of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. He holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in Postdoctoral Pediatric Dental Residency Training at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and maintains a clinical pediatric dental practice in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Jerome B. Miller Crest Oral B For the Kids: The 2015 award recipient is Dr. Janice A. Townsend.
This award is presented annually to an up-and-coming clinician, researcher or academician in pediatric dentistry for their outstanding efforts directed to children’s oral health and welfare.  The Miller Award was established in May 2007 by Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the AAPD (HSHC), to honor former AAPD and HSHC President Dr. Jerome B. Miller for his many years of service to children, philanthropy and giving back to the profession of pediatric dentistry. 
TownsendMug2015Dr. Janice Townsend is associate professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at LSU School of Dentistry.  She is active in predoctoral and postdoctoral didactic and clinical education and research.  She currently holds the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Professorship in Pediatric Dentistry.  She has been awarded the Golden Apple for teaching, was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, and was invited to be the Honorary Faculty Advisor to the Kell’s Honor Society.  Dr. Townsend received her board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and in 2009 was awarded the Art Nowak Award. She has served on numerous committees for LSUSD, including the leadership committee for the LSUHSC accreditation process for Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. She is also on medical staff at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and a past member of the Medical Executive Committee.  She is an active member of the AAPD and currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Pediatric Dentistry and the Academy’s Scientific Program Committee, and chairs the annual poster competition. She has been an ABPD board examiner since 2010 and is currently serving on the organization’s qualifying examination committee. She is an alumna of the ADEA Leadership Institute and Chair Elect of the Pediatric Dentistry Section.  

Manuel M. Album Award: The 2015 award recipient is Dr. Charles E. "Bud" Conklin 
The Manuel M. Album Award is presented annually to the individual or organization that has made the greatest contribution to the oral health of children with special needs.  The award, established in 1997, honors Manuel M. Album, who devoted an entire career in pediatric dentistry toward improving the oral health of children with special needs.  This award is supported by The Album Society.
ConklinMug2015Dr. Charles E. "Bud" Conklin is a native of Roanoke, Va., and graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. After obtaining his dental degree at the Medical College of Virginia in 1976, he entered the United States Air Force for residency and served on active duty until 1980 when he returned to Roanoke to start one of the first community hospital-based dental programs in the country.  Dr. Conklin has served as Section Chief of the Carilion Dental Clinic for the past 35 years, a program providing care to special needs children and adults. Dr. Conklin is a diplomat of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. His honors include The Lawrence J. Chasko Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Hospital Dentists and the Distinguished Service Award from the Federation of Special Care Organizations in Dentistry, and he was a nominee to the White House Conference on Aging.  He received a Community Service Award from the Virginia Dental Association and was one of ten U.S. dentists to receive honorary Fellowship into the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dr. Conklin has served as Chairman of the Board for the Federation of Special Care Organizations in Dentistry and the American Association of Hospital Dentists. In addition to a very active clinical practice, he developed, implemented and served as Director of the Carilion Clinic Dental General Practice Residency, which graduated its first residents in 2014.  Dr. Conklin also led the development and integration of a comprehensive Oral Health / Oral Medicine curriculum at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, which the American Dental Association cited as "ground breaking." 

Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award: The 2015 award recipient is Dr. Sara L. Filstrup.
The Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award is presented to an AAPD volunteer who has provided exemplary leadership service in the volunteer structure of the organization over the past year.  This award, established in 1998, honors the memory of Merle C. Hunter, AAPD executive director from 1968-1986.  This award is sponsored by Kinder Krowns.
Filstrup_BioPgOptDr. Sara L. Filstrup is a board certified pediatric dentist in private practice at Cambridge Pediatric Dental Associates in Cambridge, Mass. She is currently the Chair of the AAPD’s Council on Clinical Affairs. Dr. Filstrup served as a member of the Council on Clinical Affairs and is on the Advisory Board for the AAPD Pediatric and Oral Health Research and Policy Center. She was the 2013 recipient of AAPD’s Jerome B. Miller / Crest-Oral-B "For the Kids Award." Dr. Filstrup was a member of the HSHC Grants and Programs Sub-Committee, as well as the AAPD Perinatal Leadership Committee. She is a graduate of the AAPD HSHC Leadership Institute III and of the ADA/Forsyth Institute’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry Course. Dr. Filstrup was a consultant for the Task Force on Strengthening the Science in AAPD’s Guidelines and Journals. In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry, Kenneth A. Easlick Society. Dr. Filstrup received her M.S. at The University of Michigan School of Dentistry, served as a fellow of C.S. Mott Children’s Health Center, Flint, Michigan, and received her D.D.S. from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1999. 

Dr. Lewis A. Kay Excellence in Education Award: The 2015 award recipient is Dr. Lynn K. Fujimoto.
This award, established in 2011, honors the director of the pediatric dental program determined to best exemplify the dedication and values set forth by Dr. Lewis A. Kay:  outstanding leadership; commitment to educating pediatric dental residents to provide children with comprehensive quality oral health care; and contributions to society and the profession of dentistry which bring recognition to their program.  This award is sponsored by Pediatric Dental Associates, Ltd.
FujimotoMug2015Dr. Lynn Fujimoto attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine and completed her Pediatric Dentistry residency at UCLA in 1981.  For over thirty-one years she was in private practice with Pediatric Dentistry Associates in Pearl City, Hawaii.  Dr. Fujimoto has served as Secretary, Treasurer and Board of Trustees of the Hawaii Dental Association where she is the current President.  Her involvement with the ADA includes ADA Alternate Delegate, Delegate and member and Chairman of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations 1991 – 1995.  She has been the President of the Hawaii Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for over twenty years.  She served as one of the founding members of the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Past President of the WSPD 2004 – 2005, and 2009 AAPD Annual Session Chairperson.  She was appointed the AAPD Public Policy Advocate for Hawaii in 2015.  In 2009 she became the Associate Director of the Lutheran Medical Center Pediatric Dentistry Program, Hawaii Site, where she supervises ten residents on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii and Maui.  In 2010, she became a recipient of the AAPD Master Clinician’s Scholarship program for the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning.  She is currently the Chief of Dentistry at Shriner’s Hospital, Honolulu.  Dr. Fujimoto has been involved with the Aloha Medical Mission and has participated in missions to the Philippines, Nepal, Ecuador and Guatemala.  She has been awarded fellowship in Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentistry, International College of Dentistry and Academy of Dentistry International.

Paul P. Taylor Award: The 2015 award recipient is Dr. Arthur J. Nowak.
The Paul P. Taylor award is given to the lead author of the most prestigious journal article in Pediatric Dentistry from the previous year.  This award is determined by the AAPD Editorial Board and the AAPD Awards Committee.  The Baylor Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Fund graciously supports this award. 
NowakMug2015This year’s award was presented to Arthur J. Nowak, DMD, MA; Paul S. Casamassimo, DDS, MS; JoAnna Scott, PhD; and Richard Moulton for their article, "Do early dental visits reduce treatment and treatment costs for children?"  (Pediatric Dentistry 2014;36(7):489-493).

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