May 23, 2016 03:00 PM

CHICAGO – June 2, 2016 — 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 2016 in San Antonio. Included in the list of winners are Drs. Dennis McTigue, Joel H. Berg, Rear Admiral Elaine Wagner, Lori Barbeau, Donald L. Chi, Lisa Jacob, David A. Tesini, and Svante Twetman.

"The vision of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is optimal oral health for all children, including those with special health care needs," stated Dr. Robert Delarosa, Past President of the AAPD. "Our close to ten thousand members strive tirelessly to promote our vision by providing the highest quality care in clinics and hospitals, by educating and preparing our next generation of members to continue our mission, and finally, by serving in leadership roles in our Academy, as well as other organizations which represent children's interests. The worthy individuals we are honoring this year have all been committed and dedicated to the children we serve, and are exceptional members, role models and leaders. Congratulations to each of our recipients."

The eight awards in their respective categories are as follows:


Distinguished Service Award:       The 2016 award recipient is Dr. Dennis McTigue.


McTigue_20photo_-_CopyThe Distinguished Service Award is the most prestigious award given by the AAPD. Presented only when the AAPD Board of Trustees identifies a truly worthy recipient, the award recognizes individuals who have made a major contribution, on a national or international level, over their entire career to advocacy for children, improvement of children's health or to a health profession related to children. The Miller Foundation supports this award.

McTigue earned his D.D.S. and M.S. in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Iowa. He then taught in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Louisiana State University and served as Chair of the Department of Dentistry at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. He moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1984 to chair the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Ohio State University. He served the College as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for 11 years and is currently a Professor of pediatric dentistry there. McTigue has served as President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped and has Chaired the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. He has maintained a private practice in pediatric dentistry for 40 years and has served consultantships to the U.S. Air Force, the American Dental Association and a variety of state and federal health agencies. He and his wife, Marty, have been married for 46 years and have three children and six grandchildren.


Pediatric Dentist of the Year:       The 2016 award recipient is Dr. Joel H. Berg.


Berg-Joel_-_CopyEstablished 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.

Joel H. Berg is Professor and Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He is a Past President (2012-2013) of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and is also a past president of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children; the Foundation of the AAPD. He served as AAPD’s District VI trustee from 2006-2009. He received his pediatric dentistry certificate and attended dental school at the University of Iowa. In addition to his leadership roles, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a fellow of the International College of Dentists, and a national media spokesperson for the AAPD. As president, Dr. Berg’s goals were to widen the AAPD’s connection with the international pediatric dental community and to create pathways to identify and mentor new leaders for the Academy. He is currently chairing the newly-formed AAPD Leadership Development Committee.


Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award:       The 2016 award recipient is Rear Admiral Dr. Elaine Wagner.


RADM_20Wagner_-_CopyThe Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award is sponsored by Practicon, Inc. This award, established in May 2010 by Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, honors Ann Page Griffin, AAPD member and president and founder of Practicon. The award honors an AAPD member dentist who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to alleviating suffering and improving the oral health of under-served populations in the United States or abroad.

Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner grew up in southern Indiana and attended Butler University (B.A., 1976) and Indiana University School of Dentistry (D.D.S., 1980). She completed her Pediatric Dentistry residency at Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis in 1982. She was commissioned and reported to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, California, in December 1983. In July 1987, she became the Pediatric Dentistry department head at the 32nd Street Dental Clinic, San Diego.

In July 1990, Wagner reported as a department head in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines. In 1995, Wagner became the junior assignment officer for the dental corps at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Annex, Washington D.C., followed in 1998, as the Pediatric Dentistry department head at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School. After an overseas assignment in Okinawa, Japan, she returned to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as the deputy chief of the Dental Corps (00DCB).

She has served as clinic director, Branch Dental Clinic, Washington Navy Yard and director of Surgical Services and director of Women’s, Children’s and Community Health at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Wagner’s next assignment was as the executive officer at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla., followed by her first tour as commanding officer, Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina, in 2006. In 2008, she reported as commanding officer, Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait and, in 2009, commanding officer of Naval Health Care New England. In August 2010, she assumed the duties as the director, Medical Resources Plans and Policy Division, OPNAV code N931and chief, Navy Dental Corps. From September 2011 to April 2014, she served as the commander of Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and as Director of the Tidewater enhanced Multi-Service Market. Wagner acted as Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Wounded, Ill and Injured until July 2015. As a result of the BUMED reinvention, Wagner serves as the Director of Readiness and Health which encompasses: Combat, Development and Integration, Research and Development, and Healthcare Operations.

Her military decorations and awards include: Legion of Merit with three gold stars, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.


Dr. Lewis A. Kay Excellence in Education Award:       The 2016 award recipient is Dr. Lori Barbeau.


73Barbeau_Lori5x7c_-_CopyThis 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.

Barbeau graduated Cum Laude from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1986. Immediately following graduation, she completed a two- year pediatric dental residency program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (1986-1988) and was awarded a specialty certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. After a brief stint in private practice, Barbeau returned to Children’s Hospital and has devoted the last 27 years to resident education and hospital based dentistry. She is the Medical Director of Children’s Dental Center, the Program Director of the Pediatric Dental Residency Program and the Chief of the Section of Dental Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She has held multiple appointments within organized dentistry, including President of the Wisconsin Society of Pediatric Dentists, Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Postdoctoral Education and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Postdoctoral Inservice Examination Committee. Her outreach efforts to improve oral health also include an appointment to the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force to Improve Access to Oral Health (2004-2005) and an appointment to the Wisconsin Dental Examining Board (2003-2008; chair 2008-2010). Barbeau is a contributing author on two publications including: NASA Light-Emitting Diodes for the Prevention of Oral Mucositis in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Patients and Treatment of Abscessed Primary Molars Utilizing Lesion Sterilization and Tissue Repair-Literature Review and Report of Three Cases.

Her professional interests and passions includes residency education, access to care for the underserved and the treatment of the medically complex special needs patient. She also enjoys speaking on a local and state level offering continuing education in the field of pediatric dentistry.

Barbeau and her husband Dan have been married for 29 years and are the proud parents of Haley and Molly.


Jerome B. Miller Crest Oral B For the Kids:       The 2016 award recipient is Dr. Donald L. Chi.


Donald.Chi_-_CopyThis 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. This award is sponsored by Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health/Crest Oral B.

Donald L. Chi is an Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington. He is board certified in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He completed an AB degree in government and Asian studies (Cornell, 2000), a DDS degree (Washington, 2006), residencies in pediatric dentistry and dental public health (Iowa, 2009), and a PhD in health services research (Iowa, 2009).

His research is funded by the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and focuses on the behavioral factors related to dental care access for Medicaid-enrolled children with special health care needs. He is the first dentist to be named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar, which funds his research on how neighborhood settings influence oral health outcomes for adolescents on Medicaid. He received the 2013 International Association for Dental Research Colgate Community-Based Research Award for Caries Prevention, the 2013 Bengt Magnusson Memorial Prize in Child Dental Health from the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the 2014 Nemours Award from Academy Health, and the 2015 Evidence-Based Dentistry Mid-Career Faculty Award from the American Dental Association.

He has published over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. He is a Consultant to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Council on Scientific Affairs, Chair of the AAPD Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee, serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Dentistry for Children and BioMedCentral Oral Health, and is part of the AAPD Advanced Leadership Institute at the Wharton School. He teaches public health to dental students and residents, and devotes his extramural clinical practice to treating Alaskan Native children in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.


Manuel M. Album Award:       The 2016 award recipient is Dr. Lisa Jacob.


dr.jacobpic-2The 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.

Jacob is Chief of the Pediatric Dental Medicine Program at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. She specializes in providing dental care for infants, children and adolescents with complex medical conditions, physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as cleft and craniofacial differences. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery, Masters of Science, and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston, Texas. Jacob received her General Practice Residency certificate at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affair Medical Center in Houston. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is extensively involved in academic and community activities. She teaches both medical and pediatric dental residents. She serves in a number of leadership positions in organized dentistry. She is the past president for the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Jacob is currently part of the HSHC Grants and Programs committee, AAPD’s Council on Clinical Affairs, and serves as AAPD’s liaison to the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. She is a participant of both the AAPD leadership institutes. She is currently on the Executive Committee for the Section on Oral Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves as the Co-chair of the Membership Committee for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Jacob is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio Dental School and the University of Texas Public Health School in Austin. Her research focuses on hospital dentistry and interdisciplinary team care for patients with special health care needs.


Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award:       The 2016 award recipient is Dr. David A. Tesini.


Tesini-DaveThe 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.

Tesini has been a private practitioner for more than 40 years at his Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Practice in Sudbury, Mass. He received his D.M.D. at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry at the Boston Floating Hospital for Children. He received his M.S. from Tufts University, Medford, Mass. He holds a Fellowship in Dental Surgery with the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland, along with fellowships in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the American Academy of Dental Sciences. Tesini is past President of the American Academy of Dentistry for Patients with Disabilities and received the SCD Harold Berk and AAPD Manny Album Awards for Special Patient Care. As the past Chairperson for the Massachusetts Dental Society Council on Dental Health, he developed "Dentistry for All," a Massachusetts Access Program for financially disadvantaged citizens who had no access to dental care. He is also Founder and Past President of Project Stretch: Dentistry Reaching Out to Children, a non-profit foundation serving dental needs of indigent children in this country and abroad; over 30,000 patient seen since started in 1988.

He has published in numerous journals and served as contributing author of several texts and lectures both nationally and internationally. He is the AAPD Parliamentarian, a graduate of the Kellogg Leadership Institute, and served as the Northeastern District Trustee. Currently, he is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.


Paul P. Taylor Award:        The 2016 award recipient is Dr. Svante Twetman.


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.

This year’s award was presented to Drs. Svante Twetman with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Vineet K. Dhar of the University of Maryland, for their article, "Evidence of Effectiveness of Current Therapies to Prevent and Treat Early Childhood Caries."


About the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. As advocates for children’s oral health, the AAPD promotes evidence-based policies and clinical guidelines; educates and informs policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals; fosters research; and provides continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists who treat children. Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not-for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Its 9,900 members provide primary care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs. For further information, visit the AAPD website at http://www.aapd.org or the AAPD’s consumer website at http://www.mychildrensteeth.org.


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