AAP honors significant achievements in the field of periodontics

Oct. 10, 2013

Award Recipients Recognized for Contributions to Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) awarded excellence in the field of periodontology at its 99th Annual Meeting, held September 28 to October 1, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“It is an honor to recognize the valuable achievements in periodontics accomplished by my colleagues,” said AAP President, Dr. Stuart Froum. “The advancements made by these talented individuals should inspire dental professionals around the world to treat periodontal disease more effectively and efficiently. Their work stands as a testament of their commitment to the field of periodontics.”

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Individual Awards

Gold Medal Award:
Founded in 1967, the Gold Medal Award is the highest honor bestowed by the AAP and is sponsored by Sunstar Americas, Inc. This year, the American Academy of Periodontology presents the Gold Medal Award to Dr. Louis F. Rose. An active contributor to the field of periodontics and the AAP for many years, Dr. Rose became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (ABP) in 1980. He obtained his dental degree from Temple University, his certificate in periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel University School of Medicine). Beyond his academic credentials, he maintains a successful practice in Philadelphia, specializing in periodontics and implant dentistry. He is also clinical professor of periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Rose has authored textbooks for dentists and physicians, and is a regular contributor to periodontal literature. He has served as Editor-in Chief of the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry since 2008. Dr. Rose was director of the American Board of Periodontology from 2005 to 2011. Hailed by his peers as an excellent leader, he has served as an example to younger practitioners entering the field through his numerous contributions as an author and educator. Dr. Rose received an AAP Special Citation in 2000, and also numerous awards in the field of dentistry and medicine.

Master Clinician Award:
This year, the AAP honors Dr. Stephen S. Wallace with the Master Clinician Award, sponsored by Hu-Friedy. In 1967, Dr. Wallace earned his dental degree from the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry in 1967 and his certificate in periodontics from the Boston University School of Dentistry in 1971. He served as a clinical associate professor at the NYU Department of Implant Dentistry for nearly 20 years, and is currently employed at Columbia University as a clinical associate professor. Called a “consummate teacher” by his peers, Dr. Wallace provides courses through his private practice to help colleagues who wish to improve their skills in implant dentistry. A practicing clinician for over 42 years,

Dr. Wallace is considered an authority on bone regeneration, sinus elevation and dental implants. He has published over 30 papers andgiven more than 1,000 presentations on subjects related to implantology. Dr. Wallace’s experience as a clinician has continued to benefit his peers within the AAP, where he has shared his expertise through lectures on sinus surgery at Annual Meetings, and served as a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology. He is also a past president of the Connecticut Society of Periodontists.

Distinguished Service Award:
This year, Dr. Henry Greenwell is honored with the Distinguished Service Award. After obtaining his dental degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1977,

Dr. Greenwell earned his certificate in periodontics from Case Western Reserve University in 1982. Dr. Greenwell has been an active contributor to the AAP for over 30 years, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Periodontal Literature Reviews and as a frequent participant in the scientific programs at AAP Annual Meetings. Dr. Greenwell has also worked closely with the American Board of Periodontology throughout his career, becoming a Diplomate in 1996, serving as a director from 2005 to 2011, and as co-chairman in 2011. His most notable recent contribution to the Academy is his service as commissioner for periodontics on the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Dr. Greenwell has worked tirelessly to usher AAP’s revised accreditation standards, which will become effective on January 1, 2014, through a comprehensive multi-year review process.

Distinguished Scientist Award:
Dr. David L. Cochran is recognized with the AAP’s Distinguished Scientist Award, sponsored by Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health. Dr. Cochran earned his DDS, MS, and PhD in biochemistry from the Medical College of Virginia and his certificate in periodontics from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he also obtained a second master’s degree in oral biology. Since becoming an AAP member in 1985, Dr. Cochran has contributed to the discipline as a scholar, educator and leader within the Academy. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1989. Dr. Cochran has authored two books, 12 book chapters, and over 100 publications on dentistry, periodontology and osseointegration. An active basic science and clinical researcher, he has been honored numerous times, both at the national and international level. He is currently chairman of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, a post he has held since 1992. He formerly served as the director of Postgraduate Periodontics at the Medical College of Virginia. Beyond his contributions as a scientist and educator, Dr. Cochran served as President of the AAP in 2008 and President of the Academy of Osseointegration in 2011. Dr. Cochran received the R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award in 1997 and 2001, an AAP Special Citation in 1999, the AAP Foundation E. BudTarrson Research Award in Oral Plastic Surgery in 2005, and the William J. Gies Periodontology Award in 2007.

Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award:
The AAP honors Dr. Terry D. Rees with the Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award. Dr. Rees has spent more than 40 years teaching and practicing periodontics. Dr. Rees received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1957 and his certificate in periodontics and MSD from the Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1968. A member since 1967, Dr. Rees was honored with an AAP Fellowship in 2001. He has also served on the AAP Foundation Board of Directors since 2010. Dr. Rees became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1975, and served as director and chair of the ABP. A professor and director of the Stomatology Center at the Baylor College of Dentistry since 1984, he has been a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. He currently serves on the editorial Boards of the Journal of Periodontology and the Compendium of Continuing Education. Along with many awards and commendations from his service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Rees received the American Dental Association’s William J. Gies Periodontology Award, and was recognized in 2012 by the California Society of Periodontists for his outstanding contributions to periodontics and his commitment to the highest professional standards of dentistry. Dr. Rees has presented over 375 continuing education lectures and courses, authored 9 books and monographs and 33 book chapters, and published nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Outstanding Periodontal Educator (posthumously):
Dr. Robert S. Schoor is being honored for his decades of service to the countless students and professionals he trained and influenced throughout his tenure as a periodontist. Earning his DDS from Temple University and his periodontal certificate from Columbia University, Dr. Schoor made educating others the focus of his career. He was the director of the NYU College of Dentistry’s Advanced Education Program in Periodontics for 21 years and a former chairman of the Department of Periodontics at the Temple University School of Dentistry. Teaching for over 40 years, Dr. Schoor has been praised by his colleagues as a dedicated educator who cared deeply for his students and patients. He was honored with the Mentor Award for Advanced Education in Periodontics from the NYU College of Dentistry and the Irwin Scopp Fellowship Award by the Northeastern Society of Periodontists, which he served on as president in 1995. A Diplomate of the ABP, he served as their chairman from 2006 to 2007. Dr. Schoor served as AAP president in 1999 and was a long-time reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology. Dr. Schoor passed away in November 2012 and is fondly remembered by the Academy for his contributions to periodontal education and his service to organized dentistry.

Honorary Membership:
Dr. Isao Ishikawa is being awarded an Honorary Membership of the AAP for his notable contributions to periodontics and for the significant role he has played in enhancing the Academy’s relationship with its Japanese colleagues. Dr. Ishikawa received his dental degree from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1965 and a PhD in 1971. He became an international member of the AAP in 1988. He has served on the faculty of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University for 42 years, including chairing the Section of Periodontology. Named Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Periodontal Research, he also serves on five other editorial boards. Dr. Ishikawa has published over 200 articles and book chapters contributing to the basic science of periodontics. Lauded as an authority on the role of lasers in periodontics, regenerative therapy and tissue engineering, he has been internationally recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in periodontal education and research. Dr. Ishikawa is a past president of the Japanese Society of Periodontology and the International Society for Lasers in Dentistry and a former Secretary General. Currently, he is an advisor to the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology. Dr. Ishikawa has devoted his career to preparing residents to treat periodontal disease, encouraging them to develop periodontal curricula at other institutions.

Special Citations:
Special Citations are awarded to individuals who have contributed to the Academy in a noteworthy manner and are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Health Care Products.

The Task Force on Peri-Implantitis is recognized for their efforts to develop a white paper evaluating implant health and diagnosis of implant conditions. This strategic initiative, commissioned by the Board of Trustees, is of critical importance to AAP members and the general dental community. The authors worked tirelessly under limited time constraints to produce this paper, which was published as an Academy Report in the Journal of Periodontology. Task Force members include Paul Rosen, Donald Clem, David Cochran, Stuart Froum and Bradley McAllister.

Research and Literature Awards

William J. Gies:
The William J. Gies Award is sponsored by the American Dental Education Association and is presented to a nominee who has made significant contributions to the periodontal literature and the advancement of dental education. This year, the Academy recognizes Dr. Thomas W. Oates. A member of the AAP since 1989, Dr. Oates serves as a consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is a member of the American Dental Association National Boards Test Construction Committee. His research interests include cell biology, growth factors, regeneration, wound healing and implantology. His recent efforts have been directed toward interactions of oral and systemic health, specifically understanding the implications of diabetes mellitus on implant therapy, and have resulted in 27 publications over the past five years. In the course of his career, Dr. Oates has published several book chapters, numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and dozens of abstracts and editorials. He is also a peer reviewer for many scientific journals. Dr. Oates is currently a professor and vice chair in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he is also an assistant dean for clinical research.

Clinical Research Award:
This award is presented to a recent outstanding scientific published article with direct clinical relevance in periodontics and is sponsored by Quintessence Publishing. The AAP recognizes the authors Beck JD, Douglass GL, Dye BA, Eke P, Genco RJ, Page RC, Thornton-Evans G, and Wei L. for their paper titled “Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010” Published in the Journal of Dental Research.

R. Earl Robinson Regeneration Award:
This award is presented to a recent outstanding scientific published article on periodontal regeneration in the basic or clinical sciences and is sponsored by the AAP Foundation. The AAP recognizes authors Graziani F, Gennai S, Cei S, Cairo F, Baggiani A, Miccoli M, Gabriele M, and Tonetti M for their paper titled “Clinical Performance of Access Flap Surgery in the Treatment of the Intrabony Defect. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials”published in the Journal of Clinical Research.