2015 Gold Medal - Dr. Vincent J. Iacono
As the highest honor conferred by the AAP, the Gold Medal is awarded to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the Academy through service and an understanding of the study, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases. Dr. Vincent J. Iacono, this year’s Gold Medal recipient, is the Distinguished Service Professor, Tarrson Family Professor of Periodontology, Director of Postdoctoral Education, and Chair of the Department of Periodontology at Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. A Past President of the AAP, Dr. Iacono has also served as the Periodontics Commissioner for the Commission on Dental Accreditation; on the editorial board of the Journal of Periodontology; Vice President of the AAP Foundation; Director of the American Board of Periodontology; and Past President of the Northeastern Society of Periodontists, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the International Academy of Periodontology. He received the AAP’s Presidential Award in 2006 and has received many other citations and honors throughout his career. He is the author of more than 100 journal articles, 95 abstracts, and five book chapters, with research interests that include implants, biomimetics, tissue engineering, and periodontal medicine.
“Dr. Iacono is a dedicated academic and clinical periodontist who has made enormous contributions to our profession and to the health of the public,” said Dr. Robert Genco in a letter supporting his nomination. “He has [increased] our understanding of the role of the oral flora in caries, periodontal disease, and more recently in failing implants. He is clearly an exceptional leader and deserving of the Academy’s highest honor.”