CHICAGO – June 6, 2012 — The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the authority on children’s oral health, announced this year’s winners of several prestigious awards at its 65th Annual Session in San Diego. Included in the list of winners are Drs. Paul S. Casamassimo, Paul A. Kennedy III, Edward L. Rick, Joseph B. Castellano, Lewis A. Kay, Arzu Pinar Erdem, Yeliz Guven, Beyza Balli, Banu Ilhan, Elif Sepet, Isin Ulukapi, and Oya Aktoren.
"Congratulations to our Award winners --they have each achieved excellence in their chosen career, whether they are in academia or private practice," stated Dr. Rhea M. Haugseth, President of the AAPD. "Their leadership continues to inspire other pediatric dentists to also strive to do all we can for the good of the kids. They have earned the respect and admiration of their peers and deserve this honor."
The six designated awards in their respective categories are as follows:
Pediatric Dentist of the Year: The 2012 award recipient is Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo.
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.
Dr. Casamassimo is the Professor and Chair of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He is Chief of Dentistry of the Department of Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Casamassimo is the Editor-Emeritus of the AAPD. Also, he is the Past President of the AAPD, the Inaugural Director of the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Policy Research Center, as well as Chair of the Taskforce on Residency Standards. Dr. Casamassimo is Past-Chair with the Pediatric Dentistry Review Committee and is a fellow of the AAPD. He is an American Dental Association District 7 Delegate and Delegate to the Ohio Dental Association. Dr. Casamassimo served as Vice President of the Ohio Dental Association and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. His advocacy leadership in this area has continued as he received the AAPD Distinguished Service Award (2002), AAPD Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award (2006) and the AAPD Manuel M. Album Award (2007).
Jerome B. Miller Crest Oral B For the Kids: The 2012 award recipient is Dr. Paul A. Kennedy III.
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, 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.
Dr. Kennedy has a private practice and is the Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of the American College of Dentists and Chair of the Council on Membership Services for the AAPD. He is an HSHC President Circle Foundation Supporter. Dr. Kennedy is the 2011 ADA Golden Apple Award recipient for New Dentist Leadership, as well as the 2010 Texas Dental Association New Dentist Leadership Award. Additionally, Dr. Kennedy is an HSHC President Circle Foundation Supporter, Past President of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Past President of the Nueces Valley District Dental Society.
Manuel M. Album Award: The 2012 award recipient is Dr. Edward L. Rick.
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. Rick has a private practice in pediatric dentistry in Peoria and Sterling, Illinois. He is Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Professor with the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa. Dr. Rick is on Faculty with the General Practice Residency at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. He is a District IV Member for the Council on Clinical Affairs and Chair of the Committee on Special Health Care Needs. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Rick was awarded an Outstanding Physician and House Staff Angel Award at the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Illinois. He received the Peoria District Dental Society "Thank You Award," in recognition of his significant service contribution to children and the field of dentistry’s, Give Kids a Smile Day. Additionally, Dr. Rick received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Certificate of Appreciation. He was involved in the AAPD Head Start Dental Home Initiative and served as the Past President of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists. Dr. Rick is Past Medical Staff President and Past Chairman for CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois. He is Past Chairman for the Whiteside Co. Illinois Comprehensive Healthcare Planning Committee and Past President of the Sterling-Rock Falls United Way.
Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award: The 2012 award recipient is Dr. Joseph B. Castellano.
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.
Dr. Castellano has a private practice in pediatric dentistry in Laredo, Texas. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Castellano is Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Castellano participated in the AAPD Leadership Institute (2007-2009) and served as Chair of the Council on Clinical Affairs (2009-2012). He is active in the Task Force on Strengthening Science in AAPD’s Guidelines and Journals and also serves under the Advisory Board for the AAPD Oral Health Policy and Research Center. Dr. Castellano is President of Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (2011-2012), Past President of Laredo District Dental Society, Peer Review Committee of Laredo District Dental Society (1997-1998) and Alternate Delegate to Texas Dental Association (1998-1999).
Dr. Lewis A. Kay Excellence in Education Award: The 2012 award recipient is Dr. Lewis A. Kay.
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.
Dr. Kay currently serves as Clinical Program Director for the Pediatric Dental Residency Program of Temple University Hospital/Episcopal Division. He is Chair of the AAPD Political Action Committee Steering Committee and member of the New Jersey Forensic Dentistry Go Team. He also is the Editor of the New Jersey State Dental Journal. He served as District II Representative of the AAPD Political Action Committee Steering Committee (2005-2008), Past President of the AAPD (1994-1995), fellow of the American and International College of Dentistry and Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped. Dr. Kay is Past President of the Southern Dental Society of New Jersey and South Dental Society of New Jersey. Additionally, he is Past Editor for the South Dental Society of New Jersey and received the AAPD Distinguished Service Award (2011).
Paul P. Taylor Award: The 2012 award recipients are Drs. Arzu Pinar Erdem, Yeliz Guven, Beyza Balli, Banu Ilhan, Elif Sepet, Isin Ulukapi, and Oya Aktoren.
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.
Drs. Arzu Pinar Erdem, Yeliz Guven, Beyza Balli, and Banu Ilhan are research associates and Drs. Elif Sepet, Isin Ulukapi, and Oya Aktoren are professors in the Department of Pedodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey. Their award winning article, "Success Rates of Mineral Trioxide Aggregate, Ferric Sulfate, and Formocresol Pulpotomies: A 24-month Study," appeared in the March/April 2011 issue of Pediatric Dentistry.