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 its 2014 Annual Session in Boston. Included in the list of winners are Drs. Beverly A. Largent, Paul A. Kennedy, Jr., Anupama R. Tate, John A. Hendry, Amr M. Moursi, Jerome B. Miller, Brian S. Martin, James A. Coll, Alison D. Campbell and Natalia I. Chalmers.
"Every member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to improving the oral health of all our children," stated Dr. Warren A. Brill, past president of the AAPD, who presented the awards at the meeting. "We do this every day in our offices, clinics and educational institutions. The pediatric dentists honored this year have shown exemplary leadership, ethics and devotion to that cause and we continue to be marveled with the ever more impressive work done by so many to help our nation’s children."
The eight designated awards in their respective categories are as follows:
Pediatric Dentist of the Year: The 2014 award recipient is Dr. Beverly A. Largent.
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.
Largent is a private practice pediatric dentist in Paducah, Kentucky, who will celebrate 30 years of practice in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Dentistry, and received a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from UK, where she is currently a member of the Dean's Advisory Board. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Largent has held various roles in organized dentistry including President of the Kentucky Dental Association, President of the Kentucky Dental Foundation, member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, member of ADA reference committees, and a fifteen year veteran of the ADA House of Delegates. She has served on the AAPD Council of Constitution and Bylaws as a member and chair, and currently as an advisor. Largent has been a member of the AAPD Executive Board, and served as President of the Academy. She is the outgoing chair of the Council on Government Affairs. Largent is President of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Largent resides in Paducah with her husband Tom. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Distinguished Service Award: The 2014 award recipient is Dr. Paul A. Kennedy, Jr.
The 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 over their entire career on a national or international level to advocacy for children, improvement of children's health or to a health profession related to children. The Miller Foundation supports this award.
Kennedy has been in private practice for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry and received a master’s degree in pediatric dentistry from the University of Texas Dental Branch. Kennedy has been active in organized dentistry, serving as President of his local society, Vice-President of the Texas Dental Association, and President of the Texas Dental Foundation. He served for 13 years in the ADA House of Delegates and three years on the ADA Foundation Fund Raising Steering Committee. He has served his specialty by being President of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has also served as President of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and was honored to serve as Chair of the Good Health Starts Here Capital Campaign, which raised over 5 million dollars.
Kennedy resides in Corpus Christi, Texas with his wife, Susan. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Jerome B. Miller Crest Oral B For the Kids: The 2014 award recipient is Dr. Anupama R. Tate.
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.
Anupama Rao Tate is an associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National Medical Center. She serves as the director of Advocacy and Research. She also is co-director of the District of Columbia Pediatric Oral Health Coalition. She currently serves on the Grant Sub-Committee and the Marketing Task Force Committee of the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation of the AAPD. She also serves on the Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee, Council of Clinical Affairs, and the Consumer Review Committee of the AAPD. She is the Public Policy Advocate for District of Columbia for the AAPD as well. She is on the Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a director to the Board of the College of Diplomats of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She received her D.M.D. from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s National Medical Center. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice, research and enjoys spending her free time with her three boys.
Manuel M. Album Award: The 2014 award recipient is Dr. John A. Hendry.
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.
Dr. John A. Hendry, D.D.S., received his undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1977 and completed his residency in Pediatric Dentistry in 1979 at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. After finishing his residency, Hendry moved to Lafayette, Louisiana and established a private practice. Hendry has been involved in numerous dental and community programs. He has been a national spokesperson for the AAPD since 1988. He has served on the AAPD PAC since inception, has served as president of the American Academy of Persons with Disabilities and president and founding member of the Federation of Special Care Organizations in Dentistry. In addition, he is a member of Leadership Institute III and has served as Trustee at Large for the past three years. Hendry is a member of the United Way Hall of Fame. He is the Founding Board Member and Dental Director of the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic for citizen’s in need, and was the Founder of the Louisiana Academy for Persons with Disabilities. He has been the founder and coordinator of the Donated Dental Program for 232-HELP Louisiana 211 since 1988. Hendry is a member of the Board of Trustees at Spring Hill College and Home Bank Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana and in 2001 received the "Ignatian Award," the highest alumni honor given by Spring Hill College.
Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award: The 2014 award recipient is Dr. Amr M. Moursi.
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.
Amr M. Moursi is Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry and an Attending Dentist on the medical staff at the New York University Langone Medical Center and the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. Moursi received a D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He then completed a pediatric dentistry residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He received a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology from the University of California at San Francisco. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. For the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Moursi currently serves on the Medicaid and CHIP Advisory Committee and the Nominations Committee. He also serves as a Fellow of the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dentistry for Children. In addition, Moursi serves as a National Spokesperson and is Chair of the Task Force on Global Interactions. In his other service activities Moursi serves as an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has been appointed to the Advisory Council for Children of Bellevue, an organization that supports pediatric patients and their families at Bellevue Hospital Center. Moursi also serves as a Consulting Expert for the NBC News, Education Nation Parent Toolkit. In addition, Moursi served as the New York State Co-Leader for the Office of Head Start Dental Home Initiative.
Lewis A. Kay Excellence in Education Award: The 2014 award recipient is Dr. Brian S. Martin.
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.
Martin is the Chief and Medical Director of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, as well as an adjunct Instructor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina School of Dental Medicine. He attended graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1995 and received his Master of Science-Healthcare Delivery from Dartmouth College in 2014. In 1999, Martin attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and received his D.M.D. He received Board Certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2004. He has served on several AAPD committees and councils including the Committee on Residency Training Standards, the In-Service Examination Committee and the AAPD Foundation and Membership Committee, as well as expert consultant to the Clinical Affairs Committee, District II Representative to the Council on Government Affairs and as chairman of the Society of Post Doctoral Program Directors. Martin is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and of the AAPD. He is the recipient of a Medico Dental Media International Award.
Paul P. Taylor Award: The 2014 award recipients are Drs. James A. Coll, Alison D. Campbell and Natalia I. Chalmers.
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.
James A. Coll, Alison D. Campbell, and Natalia I. Chalmers: Effects of glass ionomer temporary restorations on pulpal diagnosis and treatment outcomes in primary molars. Pediatric Dentistry 2013; 35(5):416-421