2016 Distinguished Service Award - Dr. Jack G. Caton

For his continued service to the Academy and unwavering commitment to the specialty of periodontics, the AAP presents Dr. Jack G. Caton, researcher, educator, and clinician, with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. In addition to maintaining a periodontics practice in Rochester, N. Y., Dr. Caton is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Department of Dentistry. “Throughout the years, Dr. Caton has been the guiding light in periodontics for leadership, education, advocacy, and research,” says Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel, immediate past president of the AAP. “Dr. Caton is widely trusted and esteemed for his skills in managing issues that are at the forefront of the specialty, and related to areas that require diplomacy and strong, respected leadership.”

In addition to being a past president of both the Academy and the AAP Foundation, Dr. Caton currently serves as the co-chair of the 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases. A former associate editor of the Journal of Periodontology, Dr. Caton has also served on the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, which develops and administers the standards of dental training programs across the country. He is a past co-chairman of the American Board of Periodontology. His extensive research has been published in more than 110 scientific articles and book chapters.

In addition to this most recent distinction, Dr. Caton is the 2004 AAP Gold Medal award recipient, the highest honor bestowed upon an AAP member. He is also a recipient of the Academy’s Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award, Special Citation Award, William J. Gies Award, and a 2005 R. Earl Robinson Regeneration Award for his role in a study about regenerative periodontal therapy. The American Dental Association presented Dr. Caton with the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research in 2008.

“Although he has received multiple awards, including the AAP’s Gold Medal, Jack continues to serve our Academy above and beyond,” says Dr. Otomo-Corgel. “It is a privilege to call Dr. Caton a mentor and friend. It is time that we continue to recognize his long-standing, distinguished service with this award.”

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