Awards

Recognition Awards at Annual Session

Distinguished Service Award

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.

Past Recipients

1983 Marion Wright Edelman
1985 Dr. John S. Walsh
1992 Dr. Daniel F. Whiteside
1994 Dr. Heber Simmons, Jr.
1995 Dr. Morris Green
1996 Dr. David C. Johnsen
1998 Dr. H. Raymond Klein
1999 Dr. Jerome B. Miller
2000 Ms. Ann Page Griffen
2001 Dr. Arthur J. Nowak
2002 Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo
2003 Dr. Jasper L. Lewis
2004 Dr. John A. Bogert
2007 Dr. David K. Curtis
2008 Dr. Jim Crall
2010 Dr. Charlie Hall
2011 Dr. Lewis A. Kay
2013 Dr. Anna B. Fuks
2014 Dr. Paul A.Kennedy, Jr.

If you have questions about this award, please contact Executive Assistant and Office Manager Margaret Bjerklie at (312) 337-2169 Ext.11 or mbj@aapd.org.
 

Pediatric Dentist of the Year Award

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. Current board of trustee members are ineligible to receive this award in the years in which they serve as trustees. Nominees are solicited from the membership and considered by the AAPD Awards Committee, which shall make the final selection. NuSmile Primary Crowns sponsors this award.

Past Recipients

1998  Dr. Burton L. Edelstein
1999 Dr. William F. Vann, Jr.
2000 Dr. Charles Poland, III
2001 Dr. N. Sue Seale
2002 Dr. Steven P. Perlman
2003 Dr. Kevin J. Donly
2004 Dr. Paul A. Kennedy, Jr. and Dr. Jerome B. Miller
2005 Dr. James J. Crall
2006 Dr. Neva Penton Eklund
2007 Dr. Stephen Wilson
2008 Dr. Jenny Stigers
2009 Dr. Warren A. Brill
2010 Dr. Joanna Douglass and Dr. Cliffford Hartman
2011 Dr. Jessica Y. Lee
2012 Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo
2013 Dr. John R. Liu
2014 Dr. Beverly A. Largent

Nominations for the 2015 award are due January 1, 2015Click here for the nomination form.

If you have questions about this award, please contact Executive Assistant and Office Manager Margaret Bjerklie at (312) 337-2169 Ext.11 or mbj@aapd.org.
 

Jerome B. Miller "For the Kids" Award

The Jerome B. Miller "For the Kids" Award was established in May 2007 by Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 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. The For the Kids Award is generously sponsored by Procter & Gamble/Crest/Oral-B.

One 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 recipient receives a $1,000 cash award and plaque. Nominees are solicited from the membership and considered by the AAPD Awards Committee, which shall make the final selection.

Individuals applying or being nominated for this award must: 1) be 45 years of age or younger; 2) be a current member of the AAPD; 3) possess experience in domestic or international community or humanitarian service; 4) serve or have served in a local, state, or national dental association; and 5) considered a "rising star" with leadership potential in AAPD and HSHC.

Past Recipients

2008 Dr. Jessica Lee
2009 Dr. James D. Nickman
2010 Dr. Homa Amini
2011 Dr. Tegwyn H. Brickhouse
2012 Dr. Paul A. Kennedy III
2013 Dr. Sara L. Filstrup
2014 Dr. Anupama R. Tate

Nominations for the 2015 award are due January 1, 2015Click here for the nomination form.

If you have questions about this award, please contact Executive Assistant and Office Manager Margaret Bjerklie at (312) 337-2169 Ext.11 or mbj@aapd.org.
 

Merle C. Hunter Leadership Award

Established in 1998, this annual award honors the memory of Ms. Merle C. Hunter, AAPD executive director from 1968-1986, and is presented to an AAPD volunteer who has provided exemplary leadership service in the volunteer structure of the organization over the past year. The recipient is selected by the AAPD Executive Committee from nominees proposed by the membership. Kinder Krowns sponsors this award.

Past Recipients

1998 Dr. William D. Berlocher
1999 Dr. Keith R. Morley
2000 Dr. Paul A. Reggiardo
2001 Dr. Joseph C. Creech, Jr.
2002 Dr. N. Sue Seale
2003 Dr. Edward H. Moody, Jr.
2004 Dr. Jenny Ison Stigers
2005 Dr. A. Charles Post
2006 Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo
2007 Dr. Kevin J. Donly
2008 Dr. Rick Chaet
2009 Dr. Michael A. Ignelzi Jr.
2010 Dr. Hannelore Loevy
2011 Dr. Paul Nick Rogers
2012 Dr. Joseph B. Castellano
2013 Dr. Scott W. Cashion
2014 Dr. Amr M. Moursi

Nominations for the 2015 award are due January 1, 2015Click here for the nomination form.

If you have questions about this award, please contact Executive Assistant and Office Manager Margaret Bjerklie at (312) 337-2169 Ext.11 or mbj@aapd.org.
 

Manuel M. Album Award

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. The award honors AAPD member Manuel M. Album, who devoted an entire career in pediatric dentistry toward improving the oral health of children with special needs. Nominees are solicited from the membership and considered by the AAPD Awards Committee, which shall make the final selection. The Album Society supports this award.

Past Recipients

1997 Dr. Robert S. Runzo
1998 Dr. Stephen P. Perlman
1999 Academy of Dentistry for Persons With Disabilities
2000 Dr. Norman Levine
2001 Dr. F. Thomas McIver
2002 Dr. Sanford J. Fenton
2003 Dr. Burton L. Nussbaum
2004 Dr. Fred S. Ferguson
2005 Dr. Theodore C. Levitas
2006 Dr. Arthur J. Nowak
2007 Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo
2008 Dr. Lew Kay
2009 Dr. Dennis J. McTigue
2010 Dr. David Tesini
2011 Dr. John B. Thornton Jr.
2012 Dr. Edward L. Rick
2013 Dr. Sheldon M. Bernick
2014  Dr. John A. Hendry

Nominations for the 2015 award are due January 1, 2015Click here to download the nomination form.

If you have questions about this award, please contact Executive Assistant and Office Manager Margaret Bjerklie at (312) 337-2169 Ext.11 or mbj@aapd.org.
 

Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award

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.

Candidates for the Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award may be nominated by any past or present member in good standing with the AAPD. Nominees will be considered by the AAPD Awards Committee, in conjunction with Practicon. In the event that there is not a qualified applicant in a given year, members of the selection committee will not be required to present the award in that year.

Past Recipients

2011 Dr. Heber Simmons Jr.
2013 Dr. Jerome B. Miller

Nominations for the 2015 award are due January 1, 2015. Nominations must include a fully completed nomination form; the nominee's C.V.; two letters of recommendation and support, one from the nominator and one from an AAPD member in good standing; photographs, clippings and testimonials may be included.

Click here for an application.

Please forward nominations to:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Attn: Margaret Bjerklie
211 E. Chicago Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611

If you have questions about this award, please contact Executive Assistant and Office Manager Margaret Bjerklie at (312) 337-2169 Ext.11 or mbj@aapd.org.
 

Dr. Lewis A. Kay Excellence in Education Award

The Dr. Lewis A. Kay Excellence in Education Award was established in 2011 by Pediatric Dental Associates, Ltd. of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania to honor the director of the pediatric dental program determined to best exemplify the dedication and values set forth by Dr. Lewis A. Kay. The award includes the following criteria as determined by the selection committee:

  • The recipient must demonstrate outstanding leadership;

  • The recipient must be committed to educating pediatric dental residents to provide children with comprehensive quality oral health care;
  • The recipient must bring recognition to their program through their contributions to society and the profession of dentistry;

This $2,500 cash award must be used directly for program necessities or if deemed appropriate, mixed with continuing education for the recipient. Nominees will be considered by the AAPD Awards Committee, with representatives from Pediatric Dental Associates, Ltd.

Past Recipients

2012 Dr. Lewis A. Kay
2013 Dr. Indru C. Punwani
2014 Dr. Brian S. Martin

Nominations for the 2015 award are due January 1, 2015Click here for the nomination form.

To nominate an individual for this award, please send a letter describing how the nominated individual fulfills the criteria listed above to Margaret Bjerklie at mbj@aapd.org. If you have any questions please contact Margaret at (312) 337-2169, ext. 11.
 

Paul P. Taylor Award

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. A plaque will be presented to the lead author at the General Assembly at the Annual Session, and each co-author will receive a certificate of appreciation. The Baylor Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Fund graciously supports this prestigious award. If you have questions about this award, please contact Publications Manager Cindy Hansen at (312) 337-2169, ext.26, or chansen@aapd.org.

Resident Research Competition

NuSmile Graduate Student Research Awards

The Graduate Student Research Awards sponsored by NuSmile Pediatric Crowns was established in 1989 for pediatric dentistry residents and recent graduates.  After completing the application process, the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs selects eight finalists to present their research during the AAPD Annual Session.  Finalists receive complimentary registration to the Annual Session for themselves and a guest, reimbursement for travel expenses, a cash award and plaque presented during the General Assembly at the Annual Session.  A matching cash award is presented to each finalist’s training program.  Current graduate students or recent graduates of an international pediatric dentistry program (or international equivalent) are also encouraged to apply for the GSRA competition. 

Application Information

  • Applicants may only submit one entry for this award.  Entries will not be accepted from individuals who have previously submitted to the competition.  Abstracts must not be closely related to another submitted abstract with the same coauthors.
  • GSRA applications must be submitted separately from My Kid’s Dentist Poster entries.
  • Applicants must be a member of the AAPD (international applicants may join at the time of submission) and be currently enrolled in an advanced educational program in pediatric dentistry or an equivalent international program.
  • A graduate of a residency training program, having received their certificate or degree within eighteen (18) months prior to the GSRA application deadline and an active member in good standing of AAPD.
  • Final, analyzed data must be included in the abstract.  Abstracts without final data will not be judged.
  • For finalists only:  A manuscript is required.  If a major flaw in the research study is detected during the manuscript review, the judges reserve the right to withdraw the award prior to the Annual Session and to name a successor finalist.
  • Upon abstract submission (or manuscript submission), the program director will attest to the percentage involvement of the finalist in the research project. 
Information for Co-applicants
Research projects completed by more than one resident or graduate may be submitted to GSRA.  While multiple residents or graduates will be acknowledged, only one applicant will serve as the finalist to make the oral presentation and be awarded travel expenses, complimentary registration and the cash award.

Please click here to begin the submission process:  www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp
 
Abstracts will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2015.
 

Please contact Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at (312) 337-2169 or e-mail sdalhouse@aapd.org for further information.

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Ralph E. McDonald Award

Following oral presentations at the Annual Session, this award is presented to the Graduate Student Research Award recipient judged to have accomplished the most outstanding research project. The recipient receives an additional cash award. Established in 1991, the award honors Ralph E. McDonald, AAPD past-president and editor emeritus. The AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs selects the recipient. The Indiana University of Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Association graciously supports this award.
Ralph E. McDonald Award Past Recipients

Please contact Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at (312) 337-2169 or e-mail sdalhouse@aapd.org for further information.
 

My Kids Dentist Research Poster Competition

Click here to apply for the AAPD Research Poster Competition Applications at the 2015 AAPD Annual Session in Seattle, Washington. Please contact Vice President of Meetings and Continuing Education Tonya Almond at (312) 337-2169, ext. 18, or talmond@aapd.org for more information.

Fellowships

Samuel D. Harris Research and Policy Fellowship
sponsored by Preventech

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is accepting applications for the Samuel D. Harris Research and Policy Fellowship sponsored by Preventech. Pediatric dental residents and individuals in their first five years post-residency are eligible and encouraged to apply. The AAPD and past-president Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo initially created this opportunity for individuals to participate in supporting research and advocacy activities of the Academy. The winning fellow will participate in research addressing one of the priority areas of interest as identified by the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Advisory Board and approved by the AAPD Board of Trustees. A deliverable project such as a published article in a peer reviewed journal or presentation at a national meeting is required at the end of the Fellowship. A cash stipend and payment for travel to relevant meetings is provided. The AAPD and the selected applicant/program director will agree upon exact fellowship dates.

The Harris Fellow will serve as a research assistant for a specific research project of the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, whose goals are to:

  1. Conduct oral health research, including but not limited to health services research that advances children’s oral health issues and supports AAPD public policy and public relations initiatives at the national, state, local, and international levels with legislatures, government agencies, professional associations, and other non-governmental organizations.

  2. Develop and implement special project activities that advance children’s oral health issues and public understanding of such, in accordance with AAPD policies and guidelines.
  3. Produce timely and high quality policy analysis on critical issues impacting children’s oral health.
  4. Produce useful studies and analysis to further the understanding of practices which will contribute to the oral health of all children.
 

The AAPD gratefully acknowledges its sponsor

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for the Samuel D. Harris Research and Policy Fellowship.

Please contact Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at (312) 337-2169 or e-mail sdalhouse@aapd.org for further information.

Master Clinician Program

Due to the overwhelming continued success of the scholarship program of the Pediatric Dentistry Master Clinician Program, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to again offer seven scholarships to be part of this exciting program for 2015.

A switch from an office practice to an academic career may seem like a daunting challenge - it needn't be. An academic career provides the practicing dentist a new opportunity to utilize their experiences in shaping the careers of the aspiring professional. Dentists that teach also have a greater opportunity to develop new techniques and innovations in care through research and scholarly activities and can also influence national dental education policies through service with the AAPD, ADA, ADEA, HRSA and NIDCR.

Other benefits of an academic career include improving access to oral health care through community service, mentoring of residents, full- or part-time employment with benefits and personal and professional growth.

Selected candidates will attend the Academy for Academic Leadership's Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) held at Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2015 dates for Phase I are August 20-22, 2015, and Phase II will be held October 22-24, 2015. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to attend the AAPD Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry course in the location of their choice.
 

Click here to download an application.

Please contact Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at (312) 337-2169 or e-mail sdalhouse@aapd.org for further information.