AAPD Names Award Winners at Annual Session in Orlando

June 12, 2013 02:18 PM
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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 66th Annual Session in Orlando. Included in the list of winners are Drs. John R. Liu, Anna B. Fuks, Sara L. Filstrup, Sheldon M. Bernick, Scott W. Cashion, Jerome B. Miller, Indru C. Punwani, Brega Howley, N. Sue Seale, Alton G. McWhorter, Carolyn Kerins, Kent B. Boozer and Donna Lindsey.

"Every year, the AAPD honors those who have performed exceptionally well in many distinct ways, ranging from service to their community, to caring for the underserved, to honoring lifetime achievement," said Dr. Joel H. Berg, immediate past president of the AAPD. "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 2013 award recipient is Dr. John R. Liu.

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.

Liu is Managing Partner at Eastside Pediatric Dental Group and is on the attending staff of Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is an examiner for the Oral Clinical Examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Liu was president of the AAPD from 2010-2011, served on the board of trustees as a district trustee, parliamentarian, and officer, and chaired several Academy committees. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. Other offices he has held include: president, Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; chair, Washington State Oral Health Coalition; dental chief, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic; president, Seattle Children’s Museum. He is a past faculty member of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

 

Distinguished Service Award:              The 2013 award recipient is Dr. Anna B. Fuks.

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, 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.

 

Fuks is in private practice in Jerusalem, Israel, and, as professor emeritus, is on the faculty of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University, serving as the Director of the Postgraduate Course of pediatric dentistry. She is also a resident at Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama. Fuks is a member of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD), and an honorary member of the Pediatric Dentistry Academies of Brazil, Israel, Mexico and Belgium. She is the current president of the IAPD. She is a member of the Israeli Dental Association Board Exams in Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Endodontics. A member of the editorial boards of the Israeli Dental Journal, Dental Traumatology, and AAPD’s journal, Pediatric Dentistry, she has published over 120 articles and 16 chapters in pediatric dentistry textbooks.

 

Jerome B. Miller Crest Oral B For the Kids:      The 2013 award recipient is Dr. Sara L. Filstrup.


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 the lifetime work of 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.

Filstrup is a board certified pediatric dentist and is in private practice at Cambridge Pediatric Dental Associates, Cambridge, Mass. She is a graduate of the AAPD’s Leadership Institute and the ADA/Forsyth Institute’s Evidence-Based Dentistry Course. She is the chair of the AAPD’s Council on Clinical Affairs, and serves on the Advisory Board for the AAPD Pediatric and Oral Health Research and Policy Center and on the Grants and Programs Sub-committee of HSHC. She was a member of the AAPD’s Perinatal Committee and a consultant on the Task Force on Strengthening the Science in AAPD’s Guidelines and Journals, which created the framework for the Academy’s new evidence-based dentistry program. Filstrup is a Fellow, C.S. Mott Children’s Health Center, Flint, Mich. She received the Award for Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry from the Kenneth A. Easlick Society.


Manuel M. Album Award:                     The 2013 award recipient is Dr. Sheldon M. Bernick.


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 Dr. 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.

Bernick, who was a student of Album’s, is in private practice in Broomall, Penn., is a consulting pediatric dentist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Clinic, and is on the faculty of the Pediatric Dental Residency at Temple University (Episcopal) in Philadelphia. A diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, he received his dental degree from the University of Minnesota and his certificate in pedodontics from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He served in the Dental Corps of the US Navy Reserve. He is past president of: the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, Special Care Dentistry; Chester/Delaware Counties Dental Society, Pennsylvania; Mid-Atlantic Society of Pediatric Dentistry; Pennsylvania Section, American Society of Dentistry for Children. He has served on many committees for the Pennsylvania Dental Association and the AAPD. He has traveled with Dental Volunteers for Israel 15 times.

Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award: The 2013 award recipient is Dr. Scott W. Cashion.


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.

Cashion is in private practice in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He has served on the AAPD’s Board of Trustees as a trustee and as parliamentarian. Cashion is a graduate of the AAPD’s Leadership Institute and Advanced Leadership Institute, and has chaired the AAPD’s Governance Task Force and Council on Membership and Membership services. He is past president of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and serves as an alternate delegate to the American Dental Association’s House of Delegates. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Dental Society Commendation Award.


Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award:                         The 2013 award recipient is Dr. Jerome B. Miller

The 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.

 

With the Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award, the humanitarian works of an AAPD member will be highlighted, not only to thank him or her for significant contributions to improving children's dental health, but also to inspire us all to make a difference in our world through this profession of which we are so blessed to be a part.

 

Miller, a past president of the AAPD and a trustee emeritus of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (HSHC), is in private practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentistry and a five-time board of governors dental specialty board examiner. He is vice president of the American College of Dentists. Miller is chairman of the HSHC President’s Circle and founding member of HSHC’s Legacy Circle. In 2007, he created the "Jerome B Miller Crest-Oral B for Kids" award, which is presented annually by the AAPD to an up-and-coming clinician, researcher or academician in pediatric dentistry for their outstanding efforts directed to children’s oral health and welfare. Miller has also served as chair of the Planned Giving Committee of the American College of Dentists Foundation. He is a graduate of the AAPD’s Leadership Institute and Advanced Leadership Institute. He is the recipient of numerous awards including: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award and Pediatric Dentist of the Year; Oklahoma Dental Association Dentist of the Year Award; the Pierre Fauchard Academy Oklahoma Section Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award; and International College of Dentists Oklahoma Section Dentist of the Year. Miller is the "Gavel Maker for Presidents," having created over 400 gavels for leaders of various organizations

Dr. Lewis A. Kay Excellence in Education Award: The 2013 award recipient is Dr. Indru C. Punwani.

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.

Punwani is Chicago Dental Society Foundation endowed professor and head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is the post-graduate residency program director at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, UIC College of Dentistry, the chief of the Dental Service at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UIC College of Medicine. He is also professor at UIC Honors College and chair and member of the UIC Institutional Review Board. Punwani is an Oral Health Advisor to the Illinois Department of Public Aid and to Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, and consultant to the World Health Organization/Pan Ameri­can Health Organization, the American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation, and Chicago Head Start. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Odontographic Society of Chicago, Associate Institute of Medicine, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. At various times he has served as president of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, Illinois Society of Dentistry for Children, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Region IV, AAPD College of Diplomates, Pediatric Oral Health Research Group/International Association of Dental Research, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon/ Supreme Chapter. He is a member of the AAPD’s Council on Scientific Affairs, having served as chair from 2012-2013. Punwani is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Healthy Smiles Hero, State of Illinois; Champion of Children Award, Infant Welfare Society (Chicago, Ill.); and Golden Toothbrush Award, Erie Family Health Center (Chicago, Ill.).

Paul P. Taylor Award: The 2013 award recipients are Drs. Brega Howley, N. Sue Seale, Alton G. McWhorter, Carolyn Kerins, Kent B. Boozer and Donna Lindsey.

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.

The 2013 Paul P. Taylor award was given to Drs. Brega Howley, N. Sue Seale, Alton G. McWhorter, Carolyn Kerins, Kent B. Boozer and Donna Lindsey for their article "Pulpotomy versus pulpectomy for carious vital primary incisors: randomized controlled trial. Pediatr Dent 2012; 34(5): 112E-119E

Howley is a pediatric dentist in Galway, Ireland; Seale, McWhorter, and Kerins are on the faculty of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dallas, Texas; Boozer and Lindsey are in private practice in Tyler, Texas.

 
 


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