AAPD Names Award Winners at Annual Session in New York City

June 2, 2011 02:05 PM

CHICAGO – June 2, 2011 — The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the authority on children’s oral health, announced this year’s winners of several prestigious awards at their 64th Annual Session in New York City. Included in the list of winners are Dr. Lewis A. Kay, Dr. Heber Simmons, Jr., Dr. Jessica Y. Lee, Dr. Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, Dr. John B. Thornton and Dr. Paul Nick Rogers.

"Each of these individuals have contributed significantly to the profession of pediatric dentistry," stated Dr. John R. Liu, President of the AAPD. "The Academy is indebted to them for their contributions to the practice and advancement of our profession, and it is with great pride and pleasure, that we recognize these individuals for their achievements."

The six designated awards in their respective categories are as follows:

Distinguished Service Award: The 2011 award recipient is Dr. Lewis A. Kay.

The most prestigious award given by the AAPD, this is only presented 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. This award is supported by The Miller Foundation.

Dr. Kay is the Clinical Program Director, Pediatric Dental Residency program at Temple University Hospital/Episcopal Division. He is Chair of the AAPD Political Action Committee Steering Committee, member of the New Jersey Forensic Dentistry Go Team and Editor of the New Jersey State Dental Journal. Dr. Kay previously served as District II Representative, AAPD Political Action Committee Steering Committee (2005-2008). He is the Past President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (1994-1995), the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and the Southern Dental Society of New Jersey, as well as the Past Editor of the South Dental Society of New Jersey. Dr. Kay is a fellow of the American and International College of Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped.

Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award: The first award recipient is Dr. Heber Simmons, Jr.

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. This award is sponsored by Practicon, Inc.

Dr. Heber Simmons, Jr. currently serves as Congressional Liaison for the AAPD, taking time from his practice to come to Washington D.C. once a month to educate members of Congress and their staff concerning oral health issues for children. Dr. Simmons has practiced in Jackson, Mississippi for over 45 years, and has been a distinguished leader in dentistry, having served as Past President of the AAPD, the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration, and the Mississippi Dental Association. Dr. Simmons has served on the ADA’s Board of Trustees, and has also been an ADA dental consumer spokesperson since 1981, making numerous media appearances. He has testified before Congress for the AAPD and has also been an integral part of past AAPD Legislative Workshops and Washington, D.C. Lobby Days. Dr. Simmons received the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award in 1994. Dr. Simmons was awarded an AAPD Presidential Citation in 2001 in recognition of his successful efforts in obtaining an additional $2 million in federal fiscal year (FY) 2001 for the pediatric dentistry Title VII program. His advocacy leadership in this area has continued, as the AAPD successfully obtained a combined total of $16 million for pediatric dentistry residencies in FY 2004, 2005 and 2007 federal budgets. Dr. Simmons has built strong relationships with a number of key Congressional offices, and contributes significantly to the ongoing efforts of the AAPD’s Council on Government Affairs and PAC Steering Committee.

Pediatric Dentist of the Year: The 2011 award recipient is Dr. Jessica Y. Lee.

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. This award is sponsored by NuSmile Pediatric Crowns.

Dr. Jessica Y. Lee is an Associate Professor and currently on the faculty of both the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry in the School of Dentistry and Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the Chair for the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs. Dr. Lee is a fellow of the AAPD and American College of Dentists. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Public Health Dentistry and Dental Traumatology. Dr. Lee is the President-Elect of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and was the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, White House Office of Science and Technology, the AAPD Jerome B. Miller "For the Kids" award and the NIDCR National Research Service Award.

Jerome B. Miller "For the Kids": The 2011 award recipient is Dr. Tegwyn H. Brickhouse.

Established in 2007 and sponsored by Procter & Gamble, this award is presented annually to an up-and-coming clinician, researcher or academian in pediatric dentistry for their outstanding efforts directed to children’s oral health and welfare.

Dr. Brickhouse is the Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at the VCU School of Dentistry, as well as the Virginia Oral Health Coalition. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Dentistry for Children, a member of the Council on Scientific Affairs and Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. Dr. Brickhouse is the Past President of the Virginia Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

Manuel M. Album Award: The 2011 award recipient is Dr. John B. Thornton.

Established in 1997, this award is presented annually to the individual or organization that has made the greatest contribution to the oral health of children with special needs. This award is supported by The Album Society.

Dr. Thornton is currently the Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus at UAB School of Dentistry. He is the past Chairman, Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UAB and past Program Director at the Pediatric Residency Program at UAB. Dr. Thornton is also the Past President of the Alabama Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of the Alabama Health Care Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Meritorious Service and Legion of Merit Metals, United States Army and the award of Excellence Promoting Oral Health by the Alabama Head Start Association.

Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award: The 2011 award recipient is Dr. Paul Nick Rogers.

Established in 1998, this 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 is sponsored by Kinder Krowns.

Dr. Paul "Nick" Rogers is the Affiliate Trustee representing the Affiliate Membership. Dr. Rogers’ additional dental activities include being a former member of the Kansas Dental Board, President of Kansas Society of Orthodontics for the General Practitioner, editor and President of Kansas Academy of General Dentistry, President of Southern District Dental Society. He has also received the Kansas Head Start Association Partner of the Year (2003), Sam Walton Business Leader Award (1997) and the Rotary Vocational Leadership Award (1995). Dr. Rogers, who maintains a private practice in Arkansas City, was recently appointed to the Governor’s Children’s Health Advisory Committee. He also administers Central Regional Dental Testing and is on their steering committee. Dr. Rogers was recently honored with the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Annual Award and the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce Small Trade Achievement Recognition.


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