2013 Academy Award Recipients

These awards are given for outstanding contributions to the AAP and the profession of periodontics.

Based on recommendations from the Leadership Development and Qualifications Committee, the Research Submissions Committee and the Education Committee, the Board of Trustees selected the following recipients of 2013 AAP awards. The recipients will be recognized at the 2013  AAP Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Gold Medal: Dr. Louis F. Rose

PhotoThe highest award bestowed by the Academy, this award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of periodontics. Founded in 1967, it is sponsored by Sunstar Americas, Inc.

Dr. Louis F. Rose has been an active contributor to the field of periodontics and the American Academy of Periodontology for over 40 years.  Dr. Rose obtained his DDS from Temple University, his certificate in periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and an MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania.  He became a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1980. Beyond his academic credentials, his successful Philadelphia periodontal practice, and significant contributions to the periodontal literature, Dr. Rose has increased general dentists’ exposure to periodontics through his work as Editor-in-Chief of the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry since 2008.  He serves on numerous other editorial boards, including the Journal of Periodontology, the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and the Journal of Esthetic Dentistry

Dr. Rose has served on many AAP committees, including the Education Committee and the Continuing Education Oversight Committee.  He was director of the American Board of Periodontology from 2005 to 2011.  Outside dentistry, he has also done extensive work with medical organizations, including serving as president of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as professor of surgery and medicine at the Drexel University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rose, hailed by his peers as an excellent leader, was honored with an AAP Special Citation in 2000.   He has acted as a mediating voice during times of debate, has willingly shared his expertise in periodontal medicine with colleagues, and served as an example to younger practitioners entering the field through his numerous contributions as an author and educator.

Master Clinician: Dr. Stephen S. Wallace

PhotoThis award is given to an Academy member who has practiced and demonstrated consistent clinical excellence in periodontics. This award is sponsored by Hu-Friedy.

Dr. Stephen S. Wallace earned his DDS 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 serving in that role at Columbia University, where he instructs his students on the latest procedures in sinus surgery and implant dentistry. Called a “consummate teacher” by his peers, Dr. Wallace also provides courses through his private practice to help colleagues who wish to improve their skills in implant dentistry.

 A practicing clinician for over 28 years, Dr. Wallace is considered an authority on bone regeneration, sinus elevation, and dental implants. He has published over 30 papers and given more than 1,000 presentations on subjects related to implantology. According to his nominator, his “collaborative work with the NYU Department of Implant Dentistry has provided great insight into the histologic and clinical efficacy of recombinant growth factors, bone morphogenetic proteins, and bone graft materials relative to sinus surgery.” 

Dr. Wallace’s experience as a clinician has continued to benefit his peers within the American Academy of Periodontology, where he has shared his expertise through lectures on sinus surgery at Annual Meetings, and served as a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology. Dr Wallace is also a reviewer for the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry and is a past president of the Connecticut Society of Periodontists.

Distinguished Service: Dr. Henry Greenwell

PhotoEstablished in 2008, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to an AAP member selected for distinguished service to the Academy in more than one area, over a period of not less than 20 years.

Dr. Henry Greenwell obtained his DMD from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1977 and his certificate in periodontics from Case Western Reserve University in 1982. He also earned his JD from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980.

Dr. Greenwell has been an active contributor to the American Academy of Periodontology for over 30 years, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Periodontal Literature Reviews and chairman of several committees including Research, Science and Therapy, Periodontal Therapy, and the AAP Foundation’s Tarrson Oral Plastic Surgery Award Selection Committee.  He has been a frequent participant in  the scientific programs at AAP Annual Meetings and is a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology as well as seven other refereed dental journals.

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.  Praised by his colleagues as a leader and counselor, Dr. Greenwell has trained and guided over 60 graduate students, many of whom continue to serve in various roles within the Academy.

Distinguished Scientist: Dr. David L. Cochran

PhotoEstablished in 2008, the Distinguished Scientist Award is presented to an AAP member who has actively contributed to the basic science and/or clinical science of periodontology through published literature, and may have contributed to pre- or postdoctoral education and/or scientific conferences or symposia. The award is sponsored by Procter & Gamble Professional Oral Health.

Dr. David L. 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 another 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’s peers have praised him as a “true scientist who has contributed immensely to our overall knowledge of the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of disease as well as in the process of healing.” 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 American Academy of Periodontology in 2008 and president of the Academy of Osseointegration in 2011. He received  R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Awards in 1997 and 2001, an AAP Special Citation in 1999, the AAP Foundation E. Bud Tarrson Oral Plastic Surgery Award in 2005, and the William J. Gies Periodontology Award in 2007.

Outstanding Periodontal Educator: Dr. Terry D. Rees

PhotoRecognizing the importance of periodontal faculty in maintaining the excellence of the specialty, the Board of Trustees established the Award for Outstanding Periodontal Educator in 2001. This award recognizes an exemplary periodontal faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and is an inspiration to students.

Dr. Terry D. Rees has spent more than 40 years teaching and practicing periodontics. He received his DDS 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 has been actively involved in the Academy, serving on a variety of dynamic committees including Research, Science and Therapy (chair from  2001 to 2004), Clinical Practice Affairs, and In-Service Exam. His dedication to periodontal education is further evidenced by his 23-year participation on the Education Committee. He 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 (ABP) 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: Dr. Robert S. Schoor (posthumously)

PhotoRecognizing the importance of periodontal faculty in maintaining the excellence of the specialty, the Board of Trustees established the Award for Outstanding Periodontal Educator in 2001. This award recognizes an exemplary periodontal faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and is an inspiration to students.

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.  Dr. Schoor passed away suddenly in November 2012.

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 New York University (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 as president (1995-1996). A diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, he served as ABP chairman from 2006 to 2007.

Dr. Schoor worked closely with the American Academy of Periodontology to contribute and improve the discipline. He served as AAP president in 1999. He also chaired the Continuing Education Committee and the Committee on Dental Care Programs, and was a long-time reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology.

The Academy is thankful for Dr. Schoor’s contributions to periodontal education and his service to organized dentistry.  He will be sorely missed.

Honorary Membership: Dr. Isao Ishikawa

PhotoAwarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of periodontology

Dr. Isao Ishikawa is being awarded Honorary Membership in the American Academy of Periodontology 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 DDS from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1965 and a PhD in 1971. He has served on the faculty of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University for 42 years, including chairing the Section of Periodontology. He is also a consultant to the Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science at the Tokyo Women’s Medical University.  Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Periodontal Research, he serves on five other editorial boards, including the Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, and Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology.  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 and current 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. He became an international member of the AAP in 1988..

Special Citation: Authors of the Academy Report Peri-Implant Mucositis and Peri-Implantitis: A Current Understanding of Their Diagnosis and Clinical Application

Special Citations are awarded to individuals who have contributed to the Academy in a noteworthy manner such as an Academy committee or special project.

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The Task Force on Peri-Implantitis developed a white paper on 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.

Clinical Research Award: CDC Periodontal Disease Surveillance Workgroup: Prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010

By James D. Beck, Gordon L. Douglass, Bruce A. Dye, Paul Eke, Robert J. Genco, Roy C. Page, Gina Thornton-Evans, Liang Wei. J Dent Res. 2012 2012Oct;91(10):914-20.

This award, which is sponsored by Quintessence Publishing, is presented to a recent outstanding scientific published article with direct clinical relevance in periodontics.

R. Earl Robinson Regeneration Award: Clinical performance of access flap surgery in the treatment of the intrabony defect. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials

By Graziani F, Gennai S, Cei S, Cairo F, Baggiani A, Miccoli M, Gabriele M, Tonetti M. J Clin Periodontol. 2011 2012 Feb;39(2):145-56 .

This award, which is sponsored by the AAP Foundation, is presented to a recent outstanding scientific published article on periodontal regeneration in the basic or clinical sciences.

PhotoWilliam J. Gies Award: Dr. Thomas W. Oates

The William J. Gies Award is presented by the William J. Gies Foundation for the Advancement of Dentistry, part of the American Dental Education Association. The award is presented to a nominee who has made significant contributions to the periodontal literature and the advancement of dental education.

AAP Dental Student Awards for Achievement in Periodontology:

This award is given at each dental school to the graduating senior who displays the highest level of academic and clinical achievement related to periodontics.

AAP Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics:

This award is given at each dental school to the periodontal educator who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in providing education in the full scope of clinical periodontics and relays that enthusiasm to students.

Awards to Be Announced at a Later Date

  • Balint Orban Memorial Program competition is open to students currently enrolled in accredited periodontal programs in the United States and Canada or those who graduated less than 18 months ago.
  • Research Forum Poster Session Competition provides a platform for clinical and basic research to be presented by those in the field of periodontics. Finalists selected on the basis of written abstracts are invited to present their posters at each Annual Meeting.

Deadline for 2014 Award Nominations: January 31

Academy Awards are given annually, and members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for contributions to the Academy and profession. Nominations must be received by January 31 to be considered for that year's awards.

Award criteria and nomination forms are available online. Nominations can be submitted online or printed out and emailed, faxed, or mailed to the AAP. Questions relating to Academy awards can be directed to:

Lynne A. Paul
Senior Manager, Governance & Administration
Telephone: 800/282-4867 ext. 3265 or 312/573-3265
Fax: 312/787-3983
Email: lynne@perio.org

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